Of Counsel

Many years of senior-level experience in law firms and corporations, secretary of the US Patent & Trademark Office's Depository Library in Sunnyvale, CA. California Bar, State Supreme Court, Patent Bar, D.Phil from Oxford University, and a J.D. from The University of California.

Director of Patent Paralegal Education at


Managing Partner

Passionately enthusiastic about science, and bringing that enthusiasm to the most complex areas of patent law, Matthew holds a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Wales. His impressive academic experience includes post-doctoral positions at the University of California, the University of Texas, a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Endocrinology at the REI Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a faculty position at the UCSF Department of Pediatrics. Matthew then worked as a patent agent at Incyte Genomics in Palo Alto, and then as Director of IP at Mendel Biotechnology. He is registered to practice before the USPTO. Matthew is an author of many papers and books on immunology. He is an ardent amateur anthropologist with a particular interest in the development of language.


Patent Attorney - Counsel

Curtis is a registered patent attorney with Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He also brings years of experience in litigation and complex transactional IP. While at Hughes Aircraft Curtis worked on the Venus Radar Mapper project.


Patent Agent

A professional engineer and registered patent agent with extensive commercial experience, Earle holds an MS in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, a bachelor's in Mathematics from Thomas Edison State College. He has many years of experience in engineering and extensive experience in international and US patent prosecution, and is an expert in computer related inventions, complex electro-mechanical assemblies, communications and nanotechnology. He is a member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), IEEE, ASME, and the National Association of Patent Practitioners. He is an inventor, with 19 patents to his name, and a dedicated fly fisherman.


Patent Attorney

With over 20 years years of experience in complex electrical engineering, chip fabrication, guidance systems and missiles and aerospace, John provides our clients with expert support for electrical, software and and AI portfolios.


Senior Patent & Trademark Paralegal


Victor has a very extensive background in building and architectural fields as well as many years experience of risk assessment and management, and provides support in all aspects of intellectual property development and strategic management. 

Shari has extensive experience as a Senior IP paralegal working with various aspects of IP including both trademark and patent prosecution. She is highly skilled in communicating and coordinating with clients and understanding their business needs.



Our specialist support team provide a wealth of expertise in specific technical fields.


Peter Wickman, P.E. is a Professional Engineer with 20 years of medical device and pharmaceutical experience, California Registered Professional Engineer ASQ Certified Six Sigma Green BeltASQ Certified Quality Engineer specializing in Medical Device, Drug/Device Combination Products and Process Development


Dr. Terry Lo is a highly trained academic and patent agent and provides expertise in complex structural chemistry and genetics.


Dr. Mandy Ward is an Oxford and Stanford scientist who supports biotech applications.

Lea Morgan is in charge of our administration, marketing and client relations and also administers our accounts and billing and deals with our contracting accountants. 


Our technical drafting and design service is provided by PatentsInk.

We maintain a cordial relationship with former US Patent Office examiners who are able assist us when needed with complex proceedings at the USPTO.

Our partner firms in Europe, Japan, China, India, Korea, South America, Australia and Canada, are a trusted and valued part of our extended team with whom we have worked for many years. They provide an invaluable global-reach for our clients.

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