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Jodie Spade is a high-volume patent prosecutor with extensive experience procuring patents for technology clients predominantly associated with software, electronic, and mechanical advancements. Jodie has been registered to practice in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 2012 and has written and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications across a diverse array of fields. She frequently communicates with Patent Examiners during prosecution of the patents. She also communicates with clients to provide recommendations regarding patent prosecution strategies. Additionally, Jodie regularly communicates with and assists foreign attorneys in their efforts to procure international patents for clients. After receiving her engineering degree, Jodie worked in the semiconductor engineering field at Micron Technologies and later in the nuclear engineering field at Westinghouse Electric Company.

A sampling of the subject matter of the patent applications Jodie has written and/or prosecuted include:

  • Electronic devices generally (e.g., computers, mobile phones, tablets, etc.)
  • User input devices (e.g., display screens, keyboards, microphones, cameras, stylus, etc.) and corresponding user input techniques (e.g., touch input, handwriting input, voice input, gesture input, etc.)
  • Graphical user interfaces
  • Stand-alone and integrated virtual digital assistant technologies
  • Natural language processing techniques and implementations
  • Security-based authentication and access techniques implemented in end-user products, applications, and systems
  • Augmented and virtual reality systems and applications
  • Home automation systems (i.e., smart homes)
  • Sensors (e.g., motion sensors, infrared sensors, etc.)
  • Vehicular automation processes
  • Wireless communication, network communication, and telecommunications
  • Real Time Location System (RTLS) technologies
  • Medical devices
  • Hospital workflow analysis techniques and subsequent implementations
  • Robotics
  • Drone detection systems
  • Methods and products related to the collection, analysis, and subsequent utilization of user context data
  • Methods and products related to water collection, analysis, and purity determination
  • Methods and chemistry related to treatment of fluids
  • Mechanical devices
  • Metallurgical and metal forging techniques
  • Insurance systems and processes
  • Video processing including video masking and overlay techniques
  • Autostereoscopic systems and devices
  • Conversational agent design and application
  • Internet of Things (IOT) systems, communications, and applications
  • Cloud-based storage, marketplaces, encryption, and communication
  • Photonic harvesters
  • Data encryption techniques
  • Block chain implementation and communication
  • Information extraction techniques
  • Computer processing techniques
  • Design patents

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


  • J.D., cum laude, Duquesne University School of Law
  • B.S., magna cum laude, DeVry University, Electronics Engineering Technology

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