Hean’s practice focuses on patent prosecution and client counseling in a variety of fields including computer software, blockchain, AI, machine learning, retail point of sale (POS) systems, software relating to retail touch points, wireless communication systems, medical devices, and haptic-enabled devices, among others.
In addition to preparing and prosecuting patent applications, Hean has experience with a wide range of patent related matters including re-issue applications, Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination requests, Appeals before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, IP reviews, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and litigation support and strategy.
Hean also counsels clients on a wide range of open source matters, including source code audits and open source policies.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Hean led a team of biologists that sequenced the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana at a prominent genome research organization. There, he later managed a team of engineers responsible for software and data deliverables for multi-million dollar contracts. In this capacity, along with his team, he designed, developed and implemented software, relational databases, and directories for storing, mining, displaying and managing terabytes of genomic data.
Hean is a contributor and co-author for a number of studies published in major, well-respected, scientific journals, including Nature and Science.