Abe Hershkovitz, the Administrator of the Firm, is a former Director of the USPTO Office of Petitions. He worked at the USPTO for over 27 years, beginning as a Patent Examiner, Expert Primary Examiner in automotive technology, and eventually as the Director of the Office of Petitions, where he was involved with setting policy-related guidelines at the USPTO, and oversaw a staff charged with rendering over 10,000 decisions per year on petitions (procedural disputes between applicants and the USPTO). In this capacity, he worked closely with his counterpart on the PTO Trademark side to apply and promulgate regulations in a consistent manner, whenever possible, between patent operations and trademark operations at the PTO.
After he left the USPTO in 1999, Mr. Hershkovitz worked at a law firm for almost five years before forming the Hershkovitz & Associates Patent Agency in 2003. He has lectured frequently to Bar Associations and international IP organizations on various topics of patent laws and regulations and procedural tips in patent prosecution before the USPTO.
Mr. Hershkovitz is concentrating on petitionable matters and prosecution of Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination Proceedings. He is retained by many large law firms and corporations to assist them with more complex situations before the USPTO and to serve as an expert witness in litigated cases. He also works closely with many Intellectual Property firms in Europe and Asia, where he travels frequently to visit clients and client firms in South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, China, Germany, Switzerland, France, England, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Israel.