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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (CA)||ACQ5||2017|
|Best IP Law Firm 2017 - Central California||North America News||2017|
|Northern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Ones to Watch in IP||Acquisition International||2016|
|Small Full-Service Law Firm of the Year (CA)||ACQ5||2016|
|Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year (CA)||ACQ5||2016|
|Top Trademark Firms||Intellectual Property Today||2015|
|Top Patent Firms||Intellectual Property Today||2015|
|Top Trademark Firms||Intellectual Property Today||2014|
|Top Attorneys in California||American Lawyer Media||2013|
|Top Patent Firms||Intellectual Property Today||2013|
|Top Trademark Firms||Intellectual Property Today||2013|
|Top Trademark Firms||Intellectual Property Today||2011|
|Magna Cum Laude Graduate||University of North Dakota||2010|
|Top Trademark Firms||Intellectual Property Today||2009|
|Top Trademark Firms||Intellectual Property Today||2008|
|LES Outstanding Chapter Leadership||Licensing Executives Society||2001|
|Certificate of Distinction in Litigation with Highest Honors||Golden Gate University School of Law||1998|
|Merit Scholar Scholarship||Golden Gate University School of Law||1995|
|Engineering Honors Society||Chi Epsilon||1993|
|Academic Honors||Chi Epsilon||1993|
|Adjunct Professor||California State University, East Bay||2007 - Present|
|Managing Partner||West & Associates, A PC||2005 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Bingham McCutchen LLP||2004 - 2005|
|Associate||Fliesler Meyer, LLP||2001 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section||President||2007 - Present|
|Law Society of England and Wales||Officer||2004 - Present|
|Licensing Executives Society||Founding Chairman--San Francisco Chapter||2000 - Present|
|MENSA||Member||1987 - Present|
|Regal Art & Gift, Inc. v. Opportunities, Inc.||Confidential Settlement|
|Sahara Afghani Gourmet Foods, Inc. v. Nazie Sidiq et al.||Confidential Settlement|
|Ferguson v. Stuckle||Confidential Settlement|
|See all legal cases|
|Law Review CLE||Trademark & Copyright Law||2011|
|United States Patent and Trademark Office||Method of personalizing and identifying communications||2007|
|University of North Dakota||Electrical Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||2010|
|Golden Gate Univ SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of California - Berkeley||Structural Engineering||MS - Master of Science||1995|
|University of California - Berkeley||Civil Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||1993|
|Mt. Diablo Paralegal's Association||Intellectual Property Basics||2017|
|Trademark Law Fundamentals||Trademark Fundamentals||2016|
|Self-Evaluation of Your Product and Business Plan||Product Development||2015|
|Rapid Prototyping||3-D Prototyping and Associated Legal Issues||2015|
|Preparing Your Own Provisional Patent Application||Patent Law||2015|
|Trademark Boot Camp||Trademark Law||2014|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||SCOTUS IP Law Updates||2014|
|CCCBA IP Section Meeting||IP Year in Review||2014|
|Trademark Fundamentals||Trademark Law||2013|
|U.S. Trademark Registration: The Attorney's Role from Clearance to Renewals||U.S. Trademark Registration: The Attorney's Role from Clearance to Renewals||2012|
|National Business Institute's Webcast||The Paralegals' Guide to Intellectual Property||2012|
|Copyright Law and Fair Use||Copyright Law and Fair Use||2012|
|Copyright 101||Copyright 101||2012|
|Women's Initiative New Business Fundamentals||Essential Intellectual Property Considerations for New Businesses||2011|
|Trademark Fundamentals||Trademark Litigation Fundamentals||2011|
|The Impact of Patent Law Changes on Small Business||The Impact of Patent Law Changes in Small Business||2011|
|Copyright & Trademark Law||Copyright and Trademark Law||2011|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section||Copyright Extortion-How to Avoid It||2011|
|MCLE Spectacular||The Dos and Don'ts of C & Ds in Intellectual Property||2010|
|The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch||Patent Protection||2008|
|Contra Costa County Public Libraries Intellectual Property Month||Patent Law and Licensing||2008|
|Contra Costa Libraries Intellectual Property Month||Patent, Trademark & Copyright Protection||2007|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association MCLE Spectacular||Intellectual Property||2007|
Posted by Yunki
Some years ago, I created websites for friends and acquaintances' small businesses. I hired a help from a graphic artist who was a stay-home mom then.
Everything was fine until recently when these business owners started receiving certified letters via overnight express from big time companies accusing them of copyright infringements and demanding exorbitant amount of money.
My graphic artist probably made an honest mistake.
I had no problem paying for copyright infringement, but the amount they were demanding was ridiculous, and these guys were hard-nosed and did not want to negotiate!
For a small image which would cost $5 on their websites, these companies were demanding thousands times more per image for infringement, or face the lawsuit.
Besides the tough economy, the looming lawsuit and the scare of hefty demand were making the situation really tough for me and the small business owners.
I have never been in legal trouble before, so not knowing where to turn, I googled for legal help, and found Bay Area Legal Aid, which referred me to Stuart West.
In retrospect, that was the day the reversal started.
When I met him in his office for the first time, Stuart's appearance was not the lawyer fitting the usual stereotype I see in movies - he was in T-shirts, I think. Causal, informal, and approachable.
Not too long into our talk, I began to sense he was genuinely interested in helping me.
He was not looking at his watch, was not trying to gracefully end the session for his next client, but was trying to help me understand the legal aspects of what is entailed, what legal defense strategies he is going to take, and possible resolution, cost, duration, etc.
What scheduled to be 1 hour session went beyond, during which he googled together many sites to show me and research and explain.
I forgot all about what should be an intimidating experience in lawyerâ€™s office with a patent lawyer whom I had never met before.
The session was a pleasure, informative, and reassuring.
Since Stuart took up the case, the companies scare tactic all went awry.
He keeps me updated on situations and progress, and forwards me email communications to keep me informed. His office's billing rate and details are reasonable and transparent.
Today, the case is still pending resolution. However, Stuart's expertise and professionalism already saved me from grief. I am confident that the case will be resolved in a fair, favorable way.
Thank you, Stuart West!
Posted by Rebecca
Stuart has provided significant services in areas of debt resolution to complicated residential Real Estate transactions, even though his specialities lay in Intellectual Property/Patents. His professionalism and dedication in seeing your cases through are quite impressive. First he was referred to me by a close friend and the moment I met him, I knew he was the right attorney to work with, by the way he listened and gave feedback. For once I've selected a highly intelligent individual that knew all his material. Who in their time has the ability to gain an engineering degree, a real estate license, law degree in the U.S and Europe, teach law and to continue advancing his fields by attending night school? He has impressed me through and through. Select this highly skilled attorney - he does not miss a beat. Good luck.
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