Natalie Alfaro practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and licensing. Ms. Alfaro works primarily on patent litigation matters involving a variety of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices and computer systems. Ms. Alfaro practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preparing and prosecuting patent applications and reexamination requests involving an equally wide array of technologies. In addition, Ms. Alfaro advises clients on IP-related aspects of corporate transactions and license agreements.
Ms. Alfaro co-teaches the Procedure of Patent Litigation course as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. Ms. Alfaro also serves as an Associate Editor for patstats.org, a site providing patent litigation statistics on recent patent law decisions at www.patstats.org.
Publications, Speeches and Presentations
- Speaker, Commercial Prior Art for Software Patents, State Bar of Texas Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Austin, Texas, February 2013
- “Commercial Prior Art for Software Patents: When Claimed Methods Are ‘On Sale’,” Landslide, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2012 (Michael Hawes, co-author)
- “Eastern District of Texas at Forefront of Settlement Agreement Admissibility and Discoverability Issue,” Lexology, January 30, 2011
- “Barring Validity Challenges Through No-Challenge Clauses and Consent Judgments: MedImmune’s Revival of the Lear Progeny,” Houston Law Review, 2008