My law firm was founded in 1973 after determining that San Francisco Patent firms did not want general practitioners and San Francisco General Practice firms did not want patent attorneys. I found a like-minded, older, patent and general practitioner, George B. White, now deceased, who invited me to rent an office down the hall from his at $50/mo. on the 8th floor of the Grant Building 1095 Market Street (7th & Market) San Francisco, CA. I rented the office, purchased an IBM Electric typewriter, and hired a secretary who shared George's reception /secretarial area. After Mr. White's death I moved my office and staff (secretary & word processors) sharing high rent office space with other general practitioners on the 3rd Floor of 4 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. I was the only patent attorney.
Overwhelmed by staffing, personnel problems and high office rent in San Francisco, I took my practice and client base to San Jose associating with the Law Firm of Hamerick, Hoffman, Guillot & Kazabowski which disintegrated at the end of 1986.
In 1987, I opened my office in San Mateo, CA with two computers and no office staff, and I have been happily and successfully serving the demands, and needs of clients and paying my bills ever since. The computers have evolved but not the staff.
U.S. Patent Nos. 5,012,396 & 5,235,497 revolutionized lighting in video and television studios;
U.S. Patent Nos. 3,983,777 & 3,983,778 covering the pickups for the Grateful Dead guitars
U.S. Patent Nos. 3,946,332, & 4,088,966, the basis for laser welding systems.
U.S. Patent No. 7,028,947 for a self-powered, tethered decoy for heat-seeking transport aircraft missile defense.
Most recently, U.S. Patent No. 8,044,673 covering a METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POSITIONING AND CONTACTING SINGULATED SEMICONDUCTOR DIES
These are patents which can be found and reviewed at http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html They also represent, in most of the examples cited, successful conclusions of patent applications initially drafted by the client.
I also have successfully prosecuted an icy roads personal injury action against Nevada County (Curnow v. Nevada County) recovering in excess of $500,000 filed in Nevada County Superior Court, Nevada City, California.
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|Patent Engineer||Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory||1967 - 1972|
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|San Mateo County Bar Association||N/A||1983 - Present|
|U.S. Patent No. 8,044,673 covering a METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POSITIONING AND CONTACTING SINGULATED SEMICONDUCTOR DIES||U.S. Patent No. 8,044,673|
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|University of San Francisco School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1972|
|University of California - Berkeley||Physics||BA||1966|