My background and intellectual property (IP law) experience
Helping startups get the intellectual property (IP) they need to grow
In addition to practicing IP law as a patent attorney (IP attorney), I am also a PhD with an R&D and science and engineering background. My undergraduate degree is in Physics and Biology from UCSB, and my Ph.D. is from UCSD. My JD is from Taft Law School. See also: California Bar Association, US Patent and Trademark Office.
I have personally done a lot of R&D, software, and design. I have a fair number of inventions and other IP of my own, and have founded startups. My experience has included managing scientists and engineers from the fields of software, electronics, mechanical engineering, biophysics, and operations.
- Founder/CEO/CTO of a VC-backed medical electronics startup (now part of Acon)
- Director R&D, Johnson & Johnson (LifeScan)
- Creation and management of various corporate patent portfolios
- Freedom of action analysis
- Infringement analysis
- Collaboration with large and small law firms
I have also had years of experience in various general management and intellectual property (IP law) management positions in both large corporations and VC-backed startups. This, coupled with my legal training (JD), has given me an unusually broad legal/technical/business perspective which can add value to your work.
In addition to US patent law, I also have a strong understanding of international patent law. I work with independent inventors, startup corporations, established corporations, and research institutes around the world. I am based in Los Gatos, California, north of San Jose in the Silicon Valley part of the San Francisco Bay Area (not far from Apple in Cupertino).
My JD and high-tech background can help get you better IP for software, hardware, wireless, sensors, IoT, medical devices, and more. Yes, I also do lots of simple inventions as well!
Some of my favorite technical areas include:
As an IP attorney, I familiar with most areas of IP law, and am willing to help you get IP in almost any subject. I particularly like doing software, hardware, signal processing, wireless technology, medical device, diagnostics, and biotech patents.
Medical devices and diagnostics
As a former startup founder/CTO turned patent attorney, I understand software, electronics, signal processing, design, user interfaces, and biotech, better than average.
Software, electronics, processors, sensors, signal processing
Modern devices often rely upon electronic sensors and analyze data from these electronic sensors using processors and various signal processing algorithms. I have helped my clients get many patents here.
Wireless networks, cable networks, computer vision, IoT
I’m based in Silicon Valley, home to many wireless, networking, internet of things (IoT), and software startups (databases, computer vision). I understand the technology, and have also helped my clients get many patents in this area as well.
Mobile device peripherals, mobile apps, user interface devices
Smartphones and other handheld mobile devices are often used as components of other inventions. I have also obtained a number of patents for my clients on new peripherals, apps, and user interfaces.
Other types of utility patents and design patents
I have successfully obtained patents for my clients in many other fields as well, including robotics, various mechanical devices, dental devices, and nutraceuticals. Some of my patents on simpler inventions include guitar jack tighteners, motorcycle stands, and pillow-blanket combinations, as well as design patents for bottles, mugs and the like. Check my list of patents for further examples and discussion.