Practice Profile

Todd E. Marlette, Esq. utilizes a team of professionals to secure your business objective. Professional patent draftsman prepare formal drawings for United States and international patent and trademark applications, law clerks and technical writers may assist with application drafting, and computer professionals may assist with technology issues including data network security audits. 


Todd Marlette, Esq. 

Mr. Marlette has represented a number of fortune 100 companies, start-up venture companies and individuals. Having over 10 years practice in the field, and having obtained over 400 high technology patents, Mr. Marlette has the experience, drive and enthusiasm to provide quality and timely ip services. 


Background and Bar Membership

Mr. Marlette is currently a member of the Michigan Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as Reg. No. 35,269. Mr. Marlette is not registered in Delaware. Mr. Marlette has been affiliated with the American Bar Association, Section on Intellectual Property, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association.


Scholastic Background

Mr. Marlette earned his bachelor of science in engineering B.S.E.(E.E.) from the University of Michigan College of Engineering. While attending undergraduate school, Mr. Marlette was awarded the Dean's List for Academic Achievement and was a Teaching Assistant in the Keller Physics Program.

While an undergraduate student, Mr. Marlette attended four master's curriculum classes in the area of high technology electrical engineering, including semiconductor design and fabrication.

Representative research and design projects include: Integrated Circuit Chip for 32 bit re-normalization of binary unformatted number to IEEE standard format; Integrated Circuit Micro-controller including design and fabrication of cardio-vascular catheter and pressure sensor; Robotics Design Project for artificial intelligence incorporating digital vision system and 6 degree force-feedback manipulator; Integrated Circuit Chip for Intel 8096 compatible micro-controller incorporating non-ROM PLA, 14 bit A/D converters and on-chip L.E.D./L.C.D. drivers; and a Radar System Design Project for Synthetic Aperture Radar (S.A.R.) to detect the presence of gold up to five feet below the desert sand.

While attending law school on scholarship at Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Marlette clerked at a prestigious Cleveland based intellectual property law firm and sat for and passed (first attempt) the Agent Examination of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, earning Reg. No. 35,269. Mr. Marlette achieved distinction as a member of the Law School Criminal Clinic by becoming a certified legal intern in the state of Ohio and successfully conducting two full trials and numerous motions and plea negotiations before local Cleveland area courts. Mr. Marlette received a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) degree with highest honors from George Washington University School of Law in 2004. An LL.M. serves as a secondary degree for lawyers who have achieved their JD and passed the bar exam, and who are interested in a focused, specialized course of study in a specific topic of law. Mr. Marlette's LL.M. focused on Intellectual Property.

Before forming his own practice, Mr. Marlette practiced intellectual property law in the District of Columbia with a large general practice law firm, intellectual property boutique law firms, and a major telecommunications company.


Works of Authorship

Mr. Marlette has authored a number of articles and publications related to all aspects of intellectual property, law including State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, Ohio Chapter, revision #8 (Clark, Boardman, Callaghan 1992); "May Trade Show Organizers Be Held Vicariously Liable for the Copyright Infringements of Their Exhibitors? --Two District Courts Offer Two Different Opinions," Association Law & Policy, Vol. 8, No. 17 (Sept. 1994); "The Alappat Standard for Determining that Programmed Computers are Patentable Subject Matter," Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, Vol. 76, No. 1, pp. 771-786 (Oct. 1994); "The Internet: Legal Issues on the Information Superhighway," Association Law & Policy, Vol. 8, No. 24 (Dec. 1994); "Internet: Legal Issues On the Superhighway," Dollars & Cents (Feb. 1995); "Toward a Fact-Based Standard for Determining Whether Programmed Computers are Patentable Subject Matter: The Scientific Wisdom of Alappat and Ignorance of Trovato," Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 353-367 (May 1995); The Internet: Liability on the Information Superhighway," International Legal Strategy, Vol. VI-7, July 15, 1997; "The Internet: Liability on the Information Superhighway," U.S. -- Japan Intellectual Property Issues 1998; State Trademark Law Handbook, Todd E. Marlette, 1999; State Trademark Law Formbook, Todd E. Marlette, 1999.


Legal Experience

Mr. Marlette's experience includes all aspects of intellectual property law, including e-commerce, patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. Mr. Marlette has successfully represented start-up e-commerce companies ('dot-coms') as well as small to medium sized companies and the Fortune 500. Representative present and former clients include Alaska Food Group, Fanuc, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Ingersoll-Rand, General Electric, Lexmark, Nikon, Panasonic, Peavey Electronics, Qualcomm, Inc., Royal Appliance, Reservoir Labs, and Oxford Instruments. Mr. Marlette has obtained hundreds of patents for clients ranging from relatively straightforward electrical/mechanical applications (such as "Marlette," U.S. Patent No. 5,836,169) to very high technology devices and systems, such as high temperature superconductors, QPSK cellular telephone systems, and optimizing object code compilers. High technology applications also include camera equipment, VLSI stepper equipment, satellite navigational equipment, infra-red fire detection equipment, fiber-optic communications, robotics and systems for medical imaging. Over the past ten years, when appropriate, Mr. Marlette has appealed patent applications to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. 

Mr. Marlette has successfully conducted numerous oral arguments before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. A representative appeal resulted in Yoshimura, et al., U.S. Patent No. 6,124,651 for a Method for Driving Stepping Motor of Multiphase Hybrid Type. A copy of the issued patent, the Board Decision and the public-domain file history is available upon request. Mr. Marlette has also drafted numerous trademark and copyright applications and conducted a number of inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.


Marlette, U.S. Patent Number 5,836,169

Mr. Marlette recognizes the challenges facing the modern inventor because he is one. One who enjoys a cup of freshly brewed coffee, Mr. Marlette has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 5,836,169 on November 17, 1998 for a Coffee Brewer Including Refrigerated Storage Receptacle.

Please note that recent changes to U.S. patent law by the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court dictate a change in "style" of currently prepared United States patent applications.

David Dulansey, Esq.

Mr. Dulansey is a valued consultant, having received his J.D. from Catholic University and his B.S. from University of Maryland.  Mr. Dulansey brings expertise in biotechnology, data networks, cellular, television, radio and satellite broadcast technology.

Mr. Dulansey is a member of the Maryland Bar and has been associated with various voluntary bar associations such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association.  Mr. Dulansey is not a member of the Delaware Bar.