Charles Bieneman is a member of the firm. Charles' practice focuses on patent prosecution, counseling, and opinions for clients in a variety of industries, including automotive, telecommunications, and aerospace.
Prior to forming Bejin Bieneman, Charles was a partner in a Michigan intellectual property firm. Previously, he was a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, where he examined claim inventions in the areas of computer software, databases, and the World Wide Web. He also held management positions with two computer software companies and has significant real world experience as a software developer, consultant, and project manager. Charles also gained experience as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Washington, D.C. office of a national law firm.
Charles is a graduate of University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1992) where he was a Note Editor on the Michigan Law Review, 1991-1992, and is the author of "Note, Legal Interpretation and a Constitutional Case: Home Building & Loan Association v. Blaisdell," 90 Mich. L. Rev. 2534 (1990). He is also a graduate of University of Maryland (B.S., Computer Science, 1999) and St. John's College in Santa Fe (B.A., 1989).
Charles was 2011-2012 Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Information Technology Law Section. Finally, Charles blogs about software and intellectual property issues at The Software Intellectual Property Report (http://swipreport.com).
University of Michigan Law School
J.D., cum laude (1992)
Note Editor, Michigan Law Review (1991-92)
University of Maryland
B.S., Computer Science (1999)
St. John’s College in Santa Fe
Bachelor of Arts (1989)
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Organizations & Affiliations
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
Information Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
National Association of Patent Practitioners
Publications and Speaking Engagements
"Update on Patent-Eligibility and Computer Inventions" (B2 IP Webinar, June 14, 2018)
"Overcoming §101 Rejections for Computer and Electronics Related Patents" (Strafford Publications Webinar, April 19, 2018)
"Functional Patent Claims and 35 U.S.C § 112" (B2 IP Webinar, December 14, 2017)
"Malfunctioning Functional Claims: Drafting Patent Applications in View of Williamson v. Citrix" (AIPLA's Annual Meeting, October 18, 2017)
"Business Methods and Patent-Eligibility at the USPTO" (Bejin Bieneman Brown Bag Webinar Series, September 23, 2017)
"Tips for Overcoming Section 101 Rejections" (USPTO 2017 Business Methods Partnership Meeting, September 20, 2017)
"Overcoming 101 Rejections for Computer and Electronics Related Patents" (Strafford Publications Webinar, May 4, 2017)
"The Claim Interpretation Lifecycle" (American Intellectual Property Law Association, April 19, 2017)
"Broadest Reasonable Interpretation in Patent Prosecution" (Bejin Bieneman Brown Bag Webinar Series, January 19, 2017)
“Broadest Reasonable Interpretation and Patent Prosecution” (Intellectual Property Owners Association Webinar, December 8, 2016.)
“Broadest Reasonable Interpretation and Patent Prosecution” (Presentation to the Patent Law Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association at the AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 27, 2016.)
“Overcoming §103 Rejections of Software and Electronics Related Patents” (Strafford Publications Webinar, October 6, 2016.)
“The Broadest Reasonable Interpretation of Patent Claims: A Brief History” (Presentation to the National Association of Patent Practitioners Annual Meeting, July 30, 2016.)
“Navigating the Boundaries of Software Patent-Eligibility Two Years After Alice v. CLS Bank” (Presentation at the University of Dayton Law School’s 26th Annual Program in Law and Technology (PILT) Seminar, June 3, 2016.)
“Functional Claiming and Patent-Eligibility after Alice Corp v. CLS Bank and Williamson v. Citrix” (Presentation at the Michigan State Bar Intellectual Property Section Spring Conference, March 14, 2016).
“Overcoming 101 Rejections for Computer and Electronics Related Patents” (Strafford Publications Webinar, February 11, 2016.)
“Alice Still Lives Here: 2015 Developments in the Law of Patent-Eligibility” (Presentation to the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, October 13, 2015).
“Basics of IP Protection for Software” (8th Annual Information Technology Law Seminar, IT Law Section of the Michigan State Bar, September 10, 2015).
“The Alice Toolbox: Drafting Strategies for Clearing the Section 101 Hurdle” (American Intellectual Property Law Association Webinar, July 15, 2015).
“Have E-Commerce Patents Been Effectively E-liminated from Patentable Subject Matter?” (American Bar Association Webinar, June 16, 2015).
“Overcoming Section 101 Rejections Post-Alice Corp.” (Strafford Publications Webinar, February 12, 2015.)
“Patent Law After Alice” (Presentation to the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, January 20, 2015).
“How to Practice Patent Law After Alice” (IP Legal Network Webinar, December 9, 2014).