Clark A. Jablon

Clark A. Jablon

Practice Areas
Education
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook,  Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Washington University, Master of Science, Technology & Human Affairs, (Degree candidate, all course work completed)
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania Bar, 1995

Clark A. Jablon Partner

Philadelphia: 215.965.1293   F: 215.965.1331   E: cjablon@panitchlaw.com

Ranked In Chambers USA 2017 - Clark JablonClark A. Jablon is a founding partner of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP and is a registered patent attorney.

Mr. Jablon focuses his practice on all phases of patent prosecution, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, preparing patentability and infringement opinions, conducting intellectual property due diligence investigations and providing litigation support for patent cases. He is experienced in all phases of electronics, computer hardware and software, Internet technologies and computer-implemented business methods. Mr. Jablon is also experienced in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings conducted before the Patent Trial & Appeals Board (PTAB).


Mr. Jablon has more than 30 years of experience in patent law, including eight years in the public sector as a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Jablon was named in the 2010-2016 editions of Chambers USA.

His patent litigation experience includes:
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (SIMCO Division) v. Ion Systems, Inc.
IDN Technologies, LLC v. Verisign
Merit Industries, Inc. v. JVL Corporation
ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc. v. Samsung and Sprint
Elantech Devices Corporation v. Synaptics, Inc.

His technology proficiencies include:
Computer software/computer hardware
Business methods, including financial applications and e-commerce
Internet technologies
Electronic devices and hardware circuitry
RFID technology
Medical imaging software
Traffic (roadway) engineering
Database replication
Gaming equipment, casino management systems
Web browser technology
Cable TV technology (e.g., set-top boxes, signal generation/transmission)
Financial instruments
Electronic payment systems
Electronic publishing
Social networks
Clinical trial automation software
Cryptography (e.g., encryption)
Smart cards
Digital rights management
Check processing, debit processing
Data compression
Ionization (electrostatic charge/discharge) devices
GPS technology for cell phones
Touchpads

Prior to founding Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, Mr. Jablon was Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Previously, Mr. Jablon was an associate at Panitch Schwarze Jacobs & Nadel, and a Patent Agent at Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna & Monaco, P.C.

Mr. Jablon received his B.E. with honors in electrical engineering in 1982 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his J.D. from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in 1995. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.

Mr. Jablon has written and lectured extensively in the area of patent procurement and computer-implemented business methods and is a leading practitioner in the U.S. for procurement of computer-implemented business method patents.

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA), 1993 - Present        
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), 1993 - Present

Articles & Presentations

Chambers USA Ranks Panitch Schwarze Among Top IP Attorneys for 2017 // May 26, 2017
Philadelphia and Wilmington IP lawyers ranked among top intellectual property practitioners in U.S. Read more

Chambers USA Ranks Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Among Top IP Attorneys for 2016 // May 31, 2016
Pennsylvania IP lawyers ranked among top intellectual property practitioners in United States. Read more

Top Patent Trends for 2016 // January 6, 2016
The protection of intellectual property rights through the use of patents remains critically important in today’s global economy. Court decisions in 2015 affected important elements of patent law and laid the foundation for continuing evolution of the law in 2016. Read more

What is the Status of Patents for Software Inventions, Post-Alice? // October 7, 2015
It has been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice v. CLS Bank which ruled that the two-step Mayo analysis should be applied to all patents in determining patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Recognized as 'Leaders in their Field' in Chambers USA 2015 // June 16, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald L. Panitch, William W. Schwarze, Martin G. Belisario, Alan S. Nadel, and Clark A. Jablon have been ranked as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2015 Chambers & Partners USA Directory in the field of Intellectual Property law. Read more

What types of Software Inventions are Statutory Under 35 USC 101 Post-Alice v. CLS Bank? // May 12, 2015
Clark A. Jablon was a Panelist Presenter at the 31st Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar. Read more

31st Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar // May 12, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP Partner, Clark A. Jablon, will be speaking at the 31st Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar in New York City.  Read more

2014 Year in Review and 2015 Trends for Patents // January 13, 2015
2014 was widely viewed as a train wreck for patent owners and patent applicants. Patent litigants were painted as shakedown artists, and courts struck down many conventional damages models such that even successful litigants (e.g., Apple) saw their awards cut significantly.  Read more

Patent Monetization // September 12, 2014
Clark Jablon, Esq., Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLC, spoke on “Patent Monetization” at the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals’ Education Conference on September 12, 2014. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Business-Related Software Inventions // July 14, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on a patent case,  Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, regarding whether business-related software inventions are entitled to patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101, which defines the statutory categories of inventions entitled to patent protection. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Intellectual Property Attorneys Recognized as 'Leaders in their Field' in Chambers USA 2014 // July 10, 2014
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald L. Panitch, William W. Schwarze, Martin G. Belisario, Alan S. Nadel, and Clark A. Jablon have been ranked as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2014 Chambers & Partners USA Directory for the field of Intellectual Property. Read more

The Rise of Non-Practicing Entity (NPE) Patent Litigation // July 13, 2013
The biggest news of this year in the patent industry is the dramatic increase in patent litigations filed by non-practicing entities, or NPEs. A record 60 percent of all patent litigations in the past year were filed by NPEs, which affects the entire landscape of patent litigation. Read more

Should the ITC Issue Exclusion Orders for Standard-Essential Patents? // April 16, 2013
Clark Jablon was a Panelist Presenter at the 29th Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Earns High Rankings in 2012 Chambers USA Guide // July 11, 2012
The boutique IP law firm of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP earned five lawyer rankings for intellectual property lawyers in Pennsylvania in this year’s Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The five lawyers recognized by Chambers include Founding Partners Ronald Panitch, William Schwarze, Martin Belisario, Alan Nadel and Clark Jablon. Read more

What Companies Need to Know about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) Patent Reform Legislation: Part III // May 1, 2012
Part III of this series of articles examines the changeover from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-to-file" system. Read more

What Companies Need to Know about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) Patent Reform Legislation: Part II // April 1, 2012
Part II of this series of articles looks at new examination provisions, fees, fee structures, and review processes. Read more

What Companies Need to Know about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) Patent Reform Legislation: Part I // March 1, 2012
Part I of this series of articles will focus mainly on key litigation-related provisions that are effective now. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Hosts Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Live Seminar & Webinar // December 16, 2011
Panitch Schwarze attorneys Alan Nadel, Clark Jablon, John Simmons, and Dennis Butler hosted a live seminar and webcast entitled “Leahy-Smith America Invents Act” on November 30, 2011. The presentation discussed major changes found in the sweeping new law including the introduction of the first-tofile system, the post grant review proceedings, and the impact this will have on patent litigation. Read more

Leahy-Smith America Invents Act - Live Seminar & Webinar // November 30, 2011
Panitch Schwarze attorneys Alan Nadel, Clark Jablon, John Simmons, and Dennis Butler hosted a live seminar and webcast entitled "Leahy-Smith America Invents Act" on November 30, 2011. Read more

Sweeping Patent Law Reform Enacted // September 16, 2011
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) has been signed into law, resulting in the most sweeping changes to U.S. patent law in decades. Read more

A Primer on Establishing an Effective Patent Program // September 1, 2011
This column is the fourth in a four-part series examining the latest developments in the vital area of patents, particularly those that relate to the display industry. Read more

The Importance of Proper Patent Marking: What You Don't Know May Hurt You, Monetarily // July 1, 2011
This article is a segment from the July 2011 newsletter covering the importance of proper patent marketing. Read more

How to Patent Inventions on a Tight Corporate Budget // October 1, 2010
Much can be done to control the costs of the patent process while still maintaining high quality of the resultant patent portfolio. Read more

How to Establish an Effective Patent Program in a Company That Does Not Currently Have a Program or Does Not Regularly Seek Patents // March 1, 2010
If your company is ready to do so, what steps must be taken to make the patent application process as effective as possible? Read more

Recent Developments: How the Recession Has Affected the World of Patents // September 1, 2009
While the economy "recovers" from our deep recession (at least according to the economic experts), one important issue facing our clients is how this recession has affected the world of patents. Read more

Top 10 Excuses for Failing to File for Patents (and why they should be questioned) // November 12, 2008
Clark Jablon presented for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 14th Annual Business Institute.  Read more

Understanding the Scope of Patents and Identifying Potential Infringement Issues // November 1, 2007
This column is the third in a four-part series examining the latest developments in the vital area of patents, particularly those that relate to the display industry. Read more

The Increased Importance of Patent Portfolio Building in View of KSR vs. Teleflex // October 1, 2007
This column is the second part in a four-part series examining the latest developments in the vital area of patents, particularly those that relate to the display industry. Read more

Obtaining and Enforcing Patents: New Standards for Patentability of Inventions // September 1, 2007
This column is the first in a four-part series examining the latest developments in the vital area of patents, particularly those that relate to the display industry. Read more

Software Patents - Venture Forum // November 14, 2003
Attorney Clark Jablon lectured about software patents at the Penn State Great Valley campus. Read more

The Top 10 Intellectual Property Issues That Companies Face Today // November 28, 2001
Clark Jablon presented for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 7th Annual Business Lawyer's Institute.  Read more

Get Ready for More Internet Domain Names!! // March 23, 2001
Written for the Philadelphia Business Journal Read more

Businessperson's Guide to the American Inventors Protection Act (AIPA) // February 1, 2001
Published in the Philadelphia Business Journal, “Businessperson’s Guide to the American Inventors Protection Act (AIPA).” Read more

How to Read and Understand a Patent // October 26, 1999
Attorney Clark A. Jablon lectured at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 5th Annual Business Lawyer's Institute.  Read more

Fax and Messaging Patent Issues // August 1, 1999
Founding partner Clark Jablon presented at the FaxDirections/Messaging World '99 Industry Conference. Read more

Computer-Implemented Business Methods Are Patentable // April 1, 1999
Originally published by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, "Computer-Implemented Business Methods Are Patentable." Read more

Protect Your Business with Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks // March 1, 1999
Formerly posted on Office.com, "Protect Your Business with Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks." Read more

Patent Protection for Software Products // April 1, 1997
Published by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, "Patent Protection for Software Products."   Read more

Honors & Awards

  • Selected as a "Leader in the Field" of Intellectual Property for Pennsylvania by Chambers & Partners USA, 2010 - present

Blog

July 21, 2016
NO PATENT FOR YOU! Can a software-related claim that recites only generic computer elements be statutory under 35 USC 101?
Unlike the infamous Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” episode – in which you could get your soup if you just kept your head down, did not engage in small talk with the owner, or ask for free bread – software inventors are finding it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to obtain patents or enforce their existing patents no matter how novel their inventions are, and no matter how narrow they are willing to claim their invention. Read more

January 13, 2016
Top Patent Trends for 2016
The protection of intellectual property rights through the use of patents remains critically important in today’s global economy. Court decisions in 2015 affected important elements of patent law and laid the foundation for continuing evolution of the law in 2016. Read more

October 15, 2015
What is the Status of Patents for Software Inventions, Post-Alice?
It has been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice v. CLS Bank which ruled that the two-step Mayo analysis should be applied to all patents in determining patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101. While this analysis provides a few bright line rules (e.g., implementing a known process using generic computer elements is not patentable), it failed to offer any clarity regarding how to perform the two-step Mayo analysis on software inventions, which requires determining whether an abstract idea is recited, whether there is preemption of the abstract idea, and whether an “inventive concept” is recited such that the invention is directed to something “significantly more” than the abstract idea itself. Read more

Get To Know

Clark is a volunteer legal mentor for entrepreneurs seeking intellectual property / patent counseling through the Corzo Center at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He enjoys running, golfing and cycling in his free time.

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