About

It’s rightly been said that of all geographic regions in the United States, Orange County is perhaps the single most technology-rich region for the ophthalmic industry and ophthalmology technology.

ocVitreous is a micro-site operated by the attorneys at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, intended to serve this vibrant and energetic ophthalmic community, with principal emphasis on the geographical region around Orange County, California.

Orange County, of course, is home to one of Fitzpatrick’s three offices.  Founded in 1991, the office serves an extensive array of clients, including clients local to Orange County and others on national and international scale.

Mike O’Neill is the administrative partner in the Orange County office, and his technical background includes significant experience in the ophthalmic field.  He was, for example, involved in the tech transfer to Bausch+Lomb of LASIK technology developed by Chiron.  He further assisted in various companion technologies, including wavefront aberrometers, phacoemulsification devices, cataract treatment technologies, and the like.  Later came vitreo-retinal work, including IP consultation in connection with work developed by the Eye Institute at Keck School of Medicine, USC.

Mike is also a contributor to another of the Firm’s micro-sites, its Post Grant HQ site.  The Post Grant HQ site is dedicated to the study of invalidation trials at the USPTO.  These trials are a relatively new part of the U.S. patent system, having been implemented in 2012 as part of the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA).  Since then, invalidation trials have become an integral part of IP planning.