My background and intellectual property (IP law) experience

Helping startups get the intellectual property (IP) they need to grow
Intellectual property, IP

In addition to practicing IP law as a patent attorney (IP attorney), I am also a Ph.D. 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 AssociationUS Patent and Trademark Office.

Extensive personal experience with R&D, software, and design: I am listed as the inventor on over 20 patents, and have founded startups that attracted VC funding. 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 background, 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. Office location: 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.

Intellectual property, IP
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.

Intellectual property, IP
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

My office is in Silicon Valley, home to many wireless, networking, internet of things (IoT), and software startups (databases, computer vision). I understand this technology and have also helped my clients get many patents in these areas as well.

Software smartphones mobile apps
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.

miscellaneous patents
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.