Intellectual Property: Patent Law, Application Process, Prior Art Searching


Thursday, December 3, 2015 

**note holiday date schedule**



Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road


5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner


7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. –  Presentation


$10- $15, See information in Reservations



The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that came into effect in 2013.  The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952. The law switched the U.S. rights to a patent from the previous “first-to-invent” system to a “first inventor-to-file” system. The presentation will highlight some of the more significant changes stemming from the AIA to the U.S. patent system and practice points that inventors need to keep in mind should they be interested in seeking patent protection, including initial means for searching for relevant prior art.


Keith R. Haupt is a Partner with Wood Herron & Evans, an intellectual property law firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Keith has been in practice for more than 23 years and is involved in many areas of the firm’s intellectual property practice. His practice includes preparation and prosecution of domestic and international patent applications particularly in mechanical, aerospace, medical and electro-mechanical technologies; strategic planning, ex parte and inter partes reexamination/review and legal opinions, due diligence, licensing and client counseling.  Keith has broad technical expertise in the areas of: building materials, consumer packaging, medical devices, lotteries and gaming, screening technologies, electric utilities, automotive technologies and numerous other areas.  Keith’s clients and colleagues see him both as a technologist and a legal counselor in the course of his patent practice. Keith is also involved heavily in domestic and international trademark prosecution, enforcement and counseling. Keith served four years as an Engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense and joined Wood Herron & Evans in 1992. Keith received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt Universityin Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in design and graduated with honors from the The Ohio State University College of Law.  Keith resides in Sycamore Township, Ohio with his wife Mary Wynn and their three children.


Buffet Menu:   Roasted Turkey & Dressing, Baked ham with pineapples, Couscous Stuffed Green Peppers, Sweet potato casserole, Scalloped potatoes, Seasoned green beans, Cranberry relish, Dinner rolls & butter, Chef’s choice of dessert, tea & soft drink. 

LOCATION: Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  Please make reservations for each meeting by going to:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation. 

Reservations close at midnight on Sunday November 29, 2015.


An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by midnight, Sunday November 29, 2015

WALK-INS (those without reservations): You are welcome to attend this meeting and/or enjoy the dinner even if you did not register in advance. Walk-ins pay a higher $15 dinner fee. Raffel’s determines our cost based on the number of plates used; if you choose to have dinner, please pay the fee if you eat even if you arrive late or didn’t pre-register.

PE CREDITS:  Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.