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About me

I am an experienced, registered patent attorney and a
partner in my firm's Intellectual Property (IP) group and Patent
sub-group.  I leverage my engineering background to secure IP
protection for leading technology-oriented companies and entrepreneurs. My  practice focuses on:


  • Preparing and filing patent
    applications, trademark registration applications and copyright
    registration applications (patent prosecution/procurement, trademark
    prosecution/procurement, etc.). 

  • Developing IP portfolios and protection strategies.

  • Counseling
    clients and providing legal opinions on third-party IP, including
    non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions. 

  • Patent reexaminations. 

  • Performing IP due diligence for corporate mergers and acquisitions. 

  • Performing IP pre-enforcement investigations and analysis. 

  • Providing legal and technical analysis to support IP litigation and licensing negotiations.


My clients range from early-stage start-up companies to large,
public corporations, both domestic and international.  I have extensive
experience initiating IP protection programs for start-ups as well as
managing and building large, complex IP portfolios for established
companies.  With a degree in Electrical Engineering and experience as an
engineer in the aerospace industry, I have secured patents and
other IP rights for clients in technology areas, including:


  • Medical devices (e.g., medical imaging systems, surgical tools and support equipment).

  • Electronics.

  • Software
    (operating systems, mobile computing/communication, online "virtual
    worlds" and games, e-commerce, image processing, search, knowledge
    management, speech recognition, application delivery/streaming, digital
    rights management (DRM)).

  • Computer architecture.

  • Display devices.

  • Network storage (NAS, SAN, etc.).

  •  Wireless communications/telecommunications.

  • Semiconductor device design/fabrication.

  • Satellite-aided navigation, construction and surveying.


I frequently speak to audiences of high-tech entrepreneurs, executives and students about IP law.



Practice areas


  1. Patent Application: 70%
    21 years
  2. Trademark Application: 15%
    21 years
  3. Copyright Application: 5%
    21 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 5%
    21 years
  5. Patent Infringement: 5%
    21 years

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Contact info

Perkins Coie

3150 Porter Drive
Palo Alto, CA, 94304-1212


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Research and WritingAmerican Jurisprudence AwardN/A
Professional ResponsibilityAmerican Jurisprudence AwardN/A
Top Patent Prosecutor, 2011The Patent Research Review (
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPerkins Coie LLP2008 - Present
PartnerBlakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman2000 - 2008
AssociateBlakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman1994 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Patent, Trademark and Copyright SectionMemberN/A
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMemberN/A
Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law AssociationMemberN/A
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionMemberN/A
High-Technology Law Committee of the Santa Clara Country Bar Association (SCCBA)Committee MemberN/A
International Trademark AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of ConnecticutElectrical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) ProgramIntellectual Property (IP) Primer for Non-IP Lawyers2011
Meeting of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)Intellectual Property (IP) for Entrepreneurs and Early Stage Companies2010
Silicom Ventures 2009 Annual SummitThe Future of Search Technology (Panel Moderator)2009
Tel-Aviv University Visting Attorneys ProgramIntellectual Property Overview -- U.S. and Israel2008