I'm a California based patent attorney registered to practice before the US Patent Office. I've been less active on Elance lately, but if you check my Lifetime total, you can see I have a lot of positive feedback. I have an undergraduate degree in Physics, a Ph.D. in Biology (Biophysics), and many years experience with electronics, software, medical devices, and medical electronics as the former Chief Technology Officer of a medical electronics start up. In addition to being the author/inventor of a fair number of patents of my own, I have also drafted and prosecuted patents in internet communications, computer databases, software, mobile devices (e.g. smart phone apps), medical electronics, biochemistry, robotics, and medical devices, as well as patents on various gadgets, therapeutic supplements, and even nutraceuticals.
I do patent drafting and prosecution for software (e.g. Internet, mobile apps) electronics, biomedical technology, medicine, and devices in general.
I also do feasibility searches that can help you determine if it makes sense to pursue a patent application, as well as give you an early "head's up" on other patents. Additionally, I do more complex freedom of action searches and infringement analysis as well.
I can handle technically complex applications, and am also very good at handling difficult office actions and overcoming prior art objections.
I do trademarks, and have extensive experience with FDA regulations.
State Bar of California
Attorney at Law
University of California, San Diego
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Biology (Biotechnology/Biophysics)
1974 - 1980
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Physics and Biology
1970 - 1974
Independent Patent Agent
2007 - Present
Located in Silicon Valley, much experience with entrepreneurs and startups.
Morrison & Foerster
Expert witness & consultant
2007 - Present
Providing expert evaluation for medical diagnostics patents.
2002 - 2009
Full time consultant from 2002-2006, part time 2007-2009 Work with medical device technology transfer and intellectual property patents and litigation support
Townsend & Townsend & Crew
Patent Agent (part time)
2007 - 2008
Contract patent agent for selected medical diagnostics, & medical device patent drafting, prosecution, and freedom of action searches.
Avocet Medical, Inc.
Chief Technical Officer
1991 - 2001
Chief Technical Officer of VC funded medical electronics and diagnostics start-up. Responsible for all company IP (patent) and technical issues. Supervised biotechnology, electrical engineering, and software functions.
Johnson & Johnson
1985 - 1991
Led groups responsible for developing new medical diagnostics technology and devices