We are one of the nation’s leading intellectual property and technology law firms, securing hundreds of patents every year for some of the world’s largest, most innovative companies. In the most recent rankings of the nation’s top IP law firms, we were ranked 18th for the total number of utility patents issued in 2020 among over 700 firms.

With a focus on patent preparation and prosecution since our beginning in 1996, we have formed decades-long partnerships with companies such as Applied Materials, IBM, Disney Pixar, Weatherford, ExxonMobil, and Western Digital. We serve as extended, trusted members of the companies’ legal and R&D departments, working seamlessly together to build, leverage, and protect their IP assets.

Deep Technical Expertise

As engineers, scientists, and IP specialists with hands-on work experience in a diverse range of technology areas, our attorneys speak the language of technology and innovation. Our broad base of technical expertise enables us to prosecute patents for virtually any technology. For many clients, we serve as a single source of patent expertise for an array of technical inventions.

Highly Collaborative Approach

We don’t work in practice silos. Instead, our team of nearly 80 patent prosecutors collaborates across technical disciplines—combining different skill sets, technical expertise, and personality types—to ensure we achieve the best results for our clients, never wasting time or resources.

We secure strong, commercially significant patents by:

  • Conducting in-person, in-depth interviews with inventors, asking the right questions to understand the technology and what is truly novel about the invention
  • Reviewing prototypes and drawings
  • Attending engineering reviews and brainstorms
  • Exploring not just the technology, but the client’s business, including goals and budget constraints
  • Prioritizing IP opportunities and devising comprehensive, customized patent strategies, including whether, how, and where to file for patent protection

Sophisticated Services at Competitive Rates

Our depth of resources and advanced systems enable us to handle high-volume caseloads and efficiently manage large, diverse patent portfolios. For many of our established clients, we manage entire multi-million-dollar patent portfolios. We work with a network of patent firms around the world, overseeing international patent portfolios for many of our global clients.

With the majority of our patent attorneys based in low-cost-of-living cities, we can provide competitive rates without compromising our work product. While we value hands-on partnerships with clients and inventors by meeting in person when appropriate, we believe it should be at no cost to the client. Our service model, firm structure, and established processes enable us to provide the service, expertise, and value clients need to achieve their business goals.


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David Y. Ashton

Associate

Orson Bell

Associate

James Bender

Associate

Josh Blanton

Associate

Jordan Brown

Associate

Grant Buchanan, Ph.D.

Associate

Kyrie Cameron

Associate

John-Paul F. Cherry, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Abhishek Chopra

Patent Agent

Carleton Clauss

Partner

Grant Davis

Associate

Hunter Dentino

Technical Advisor

Puja Detjen

Partner

Chloe Dixon

Associate

Chad Dougherty

Partner

Jordyn Dougherty

Associate

Ankur Garg

Partner

Edgar N. Gonzalez

Associate

Marcus Hammack

Partner

Simon J Harrall

Associate

Kevin He

Technical Advisor

Jessie D. Herrera, Jr.

Partner

Kaylee Hoffner

Associate

Jason C. Huang

Partner

John Johannes

Associate

Eric Jones

Associate

Patrick King

Counsel

Paul Klecha

Associate

Johnny Lam

Associate

Lori Lee

Associate

Samie S. Leigh

Associate

Michael Lew

Associate

Maggie Martin

Associate

Ashley Maskus

Associate

Gero G. McClellan

Partner

Daniel McManus

Of Counsel

Matthew Minnick

Associate

Eric Moore

Associate

Rebecca Nickell

Associate

Joshua Park

Associate

W. Bruce Patterson

Partner, Practice Head

Aaron Perkins

Associate

Shannon D. Powers

Of Counsel

Randol Read

Partner

Paige E. Reese

Associate

Steven E. Roberts

Partner

Sammy Samman

Technical Advisor

James A. Sheridan

Partner

Tom Shortledge

Patent Agent

Alek Siliunas

Associate

James Sinton

Associate

Charles E. Smith

Of Counsel

Nicholas Smith, Ph.D.

Associate

Joe Stevens

Partner

Jon K. Stewart

Retired Partner

Keith Taboada

Partner

Keith Tackett

Retired Partner

Frank Tolin

Of Counsel

Nick Transier

Partner

Brooks Tueting

Partner

Donald Verplancken

Partner

Veronica Verplancken

Technical Advisor

Steve VerSteeg

Partner

Craig Williams

Associate

Charles Yeh

Of Counsel

Sepp Zangeneh

Partner

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