The electronics and semiconductor industries are driven by three simple goals: smaller, faster, and cheaper. Due to fierce competition and strong consumer demand, there is constant pressure to improve upon technologies that were considered state of the art only a few months before.

To keep pace, this sector outspends all other industries in research and development—on average, 10 to 15% of revenue. However, intellectual property violations are rampant, requiring a strong focus on IP protection to achieve proper returns on this tremendous investment.

Deep Industry Roots

We have deep roots in the semiconductor industry. Since our founding in 1996, we have secured thousands of patents for one of the world’s top semiconductor giants, Applied Materials. Our decades-long relationship with Applied Materials demonstrates our ability to partner with large institutions that require cost-effective, yet superior, IP services.

In addition, other industry leaders, such as Toshiba, and a range of emerging growth and midsized companies turn to us for advanced electronics and semiconductor expertise. Our experience spans the full spectrum of technologies in this sector, including:

  • Integrated circuit design and fabrication
  • LEDs
  • DRAMs
  • Multi-core processor architecture
  • Graphics processing
  • Seismic signal processing
  • Network devices
  • Flat-panel screens
  • Solar photovoltaic cells
  • Flexible electronics
  • Energy-efficient glass
  • Field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)
  • Flash memory
  • Wireless communications
  • Display drivers
  • RF front-end, audio, and other analog circuits
  • Artificial neuron circuits
  • Storage devices
  • Touch sensing controllers

Technical Training and In-House Experience

As engineers and scientists, as well as trained intellectual property specialists, our attorneys can quickly understand complex inventions in this fast-paced industry. We hold advanced degrees in chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineering; chemistry; materials science; and physics. We also boast significant in-house experience, including National Semiconductor’s former Chief Patent Counsel and Applied Materials’ former Chief Patent Counsel.


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David Y. Ashton

Associate

Andrew Ashton

Associate

Orson Bell

Associate

James Bender

Of Counsel

Jordan Brown

Associate

Grant Buchanan, Ph.D.

Associate

Kyrie Cameron

Partner

Jesus Cano

Associate

Yi Chen

Technical Advisor

John-Paul F. Cherry, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Abhishek Chopra

Patent Agent

Carleton Clauss

Partner

Chad Dougherty

Partner

Jordyn Dougherty

Associate

Patrick Garrett

Of Counsel

Hope Glembo

Associate

Austin Gray

Associate

Marcus Hammack

Partner

Payton Hashemi

Of Counsel

Jessie D. Herrera, Jr.

Partner

David Huang

Associate

Mitchel Jones

Partner

Eric Jones

Associate

Tristan Kaskoun

Associate

Edward H. Kiessling, IV

Counsel

Paul Klecha

Associate

Theodosios Kountotsis

Of Counsel

Malgorzata (Gosia) A. Kulczycka, Ph.D., J.D.

Partner

Johnny Lam

Associate

David Lovell

Of Counsel

J. Mitchell Lowe

Associate

J. Scott Martin

Counsel

Gero G. McClellan

Partner

Daniel McManus

Of Counsel

Josh Monaghan

Counsel

Eric Moore

Partner

Neil Morrissette

Of Counsel

Michael Pate

Of Counsel

B. Todd Patterson

Practice Head, Managing Partner

Aaron Perkins

Associate

Randol Read

Partner

Steven E. Roberts

Partner

Kevin Rollins

Of Counsel

Ryan Sandor

Technical Advisor

James A. Sheridan

Retired Partner

Tom Shortledge

Patent Agent

Chance Siller

Associate

Nicholas Smith, Ph.D.

Partner

Joe Stevens

Partner

Keith Taboada

Partner

Keith Tackett

Retired Partner

Frank Tolin

Of Counsel

Adam Treiber

Of Counsel

Brooks Tueting

Partner

Donald Verplancken

Partner

Steve VerSteeg

Partner

Mitch Walsh

Patent Agent

Xuezheng “John” Wang, Ph.D.

Associate

Craig Williams

Associate

Fumiko Yamaguchi, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Jay Yates

Partner

Charles Yeh

Partner

Valerie Yu

Associate

Sepp Zangeneh

Partner

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