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Lowndes Prosecutes Patent for SwiftPaws’ Innovative Pet Exercise Product

April 29, 2020

Lowndes has secured a patent for SwiftPaws Home, a safe lure coursing machine for pets that can be setup in a backyard or indoors. SwiftPaws Home can be seen in action and ordered at www.swiftpaws.com.

SwiftPaws Home is the flagship product of SwiftPaws, a Melbourne, Fla.-based health and wellness lifestyle brand that manufactures and markets pet products. The remote-controlled lure system can be setup in minutes and allows  up to 300 feet of chasing at speeds up to 30 mph.  

Meghan Wolfgram, CEO and founder of SwiftPaws, attributes part of the company’s success to Groundswell Startups, the Melbourne-based business incubator that provides an invaluable network of mentors, local resources and business support services, including Lowndes.

The patent for SwiftPaws Home, U.S. Patent No. 10,609,904, was prosecuted by Lowndes attorney Stephen C. Thomas.

The patent prosecution process includes drafting and filing a formal patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and then working with the USPTO Examiners through an examination process to obtain patent protection for the owner in the form of an  issued patent.

Patents prevent a competitor from making, selling or using any product covered by the claims of the patent for a period of 20 years from the date of patent filing, and can be a very effective tool for erecting a barrier to competition.

About Lowndes  
Founded in Orlando, Florida in 1969, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., is a multi-discipline business law firm. Our attorneys represent corporate, entrepreneurial and individual clients across a myriad of industries locally, nationally and beyond our borders, from offices in Orlando, Mount Dora and Melbourne, and through Meritas, an established global alliance of independent law firms offering local insight, local rates and world-class client service. LOCAL ROOTS. BROAD REACH.℠  



Stephen

A registered U.S. patent attorney and former engineer and program manager, Stephen Thomas is a shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. In this role, he advises business and university clients, many of whom have both domestic U.S. and global IP portfolios, in a variety of markets.


Stephen provides his clients with a full spectrum of guidance regarding IP licensing and royalty strategy, technology law, IP acquisition strategiesIP enforcement and litigation, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) compliance, building and maintaining an enforceable IP asset portfolio, teaming/partnering strategies for global product roll-out, time-phased product and software development, joint ventures, agreements for engineering services, subcontractor management, supply chain management and related matters. He remains engaged in prosecuting numerous patent and trademark applications before the USPTO and actively manages foreign patent and trademark filings in numerous foreign jurisdictions including jurisdictions in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

Stephen has defended challenged patents under the new Inter Partes Review (IPR) rules at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) as well as challenged and defended trademarks at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

An experienced litigator, Stephen has enforced intellectual property claims against Fortune 100 companies, as well as numerous general business and contract related matters, in both the Federal and state courts. He is also a frequent lecturer in IP and business matters for Central Florida business incubators, universities and other organizations.

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