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Reed R. Heimbecher Member

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Colorado

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.

  • Editor in Chief, Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Trial Advocacy II
  • 1066 Foundation Scholarship

University of Colorado, B.S., with Honors

  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Sigma Gamma Tau
  • Merit Scholarship

Reed R. Heimbecher is the Leader of Dykema's Intellectual Property Transactional Practice Group. He has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of worldwide IP law. His practice currently focuses on patent and trademark prosecution and portfolio management, client counseling, and intellectual property due diligence. He also provides all types of opinions, including patentability, enforceability, availability, noninfringement, and invalidity. Mr. Heimbecher also does agreement work, and he handles appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as well as in federal court.

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Heimbecher managed his own firm, which St. Jude Medical (a Fortune 500 company) selected in 2012 as a “Go-To Law Firm for Patent Prosecution” (as recognized by American Lawyer Media). Mr. Heimbecher had previously served for seven years as Vice President, Intellectual Property, and Chief Patent Counsel for St. Jude Medical’s Atrial Fibrillation Division. Before his seven-year tenure with St. Jude Medical and before he managed his own firm, Mr. Heimbecher was a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group of a 700+ attorney, international law firm, and was Patent Practice Group head for that firm's Colorado and Montana offices. Mr. Heimbecher clerked for the Hon. Giles S. Rich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Rich was one of the primary drafters of the 1952 Patent Act and was often referred to as the "Dean of Patents."

Before attending law school, Mr. Heimbecher worked as an aerospace engineer for a large military contractor, where he carried out performance and aerodynamic analysis, and six-degrees-of-freedom trajectory simulations of Tomahawk cruise missiles and of launch vehicles for putting large payloads into outer space. He held a Department of Defense Secret clearance.

Experience

Mr. Heimbecher has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the following primary areas: medical devices; designer window coverings; package design and manufacture; Internet and computer software/hardware; business methods; vacuum technology; flight control equipment; sporting equipment; fluid handling systems; automotive mechanical systems; and electronic cigarettes.

Mr. Heimbecher also has extensive experience handling reissues, reexaminations, interferences, and appeals including the following sample matters in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in U.S. federal court:

  • Huang v. Colson (Bd. Pat. App. & Inter.) (representing senior party as lead attorney in an interference concerning honeycomb insulating panels; priority awarded to client following preliminary motion phase)
  • Ex parte Colson & Swiszcz (Bd. Pat. App. & Inter.) (appealing final rejection of claims; all claims allowed following oral argument)
  • Treated Dredged Material Patents (USPTO/CRU) (representing patent owner as lead attorney in two ex parte reexaminations initiated by a third-party requester; successfully obtained reexamination certificates for two patents at the core of a $500MM+ lawsuit)
  • First Bank Systems, Inc. v. Frazzel (D. Colo.) (asserting service mark infringement, dilution, and unfair competition; settled before trial)
  • Arete Corporation v. Laser Products, Inc. (D. Colo.) (seeking declaratory judgment of patent invalidity, unenforceability, and noninfringement; settled before trial)
  • Hunter Douglas Architectural Products Inc. v. G.J.P Enterprises, Inc. (D. Md.) (asserting patent infringement; settled before trial)
  • International Communications Manufacturing Corporation v. Capewell Components Company L.P. (D. Colo.) (defending against patent infringement; settled before trial)
  • MacPike v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (N.D. Fla.) (defending against patent infringement; directed verdict for defendant after jury trial)

Memberships & Involvement

Institute for Engineering in Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Industry Advisory Board, Member (3-year appointment commencing in 2012)

Association of Former law Clerks and Technical Advisors of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Member

Colorado Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section

Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America® for Patent Law, 2016-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell