Law School/Year: University of San Diego School of Law, 1998
Other Graduate School/Year: M.S., Biology, UCLA, 1986
College/Year: B.S., Biology, UCLA, 1984
I am a partner in the San Diego office of Knobbe, Martens, Olson and Bear LLP. I focus on patent prosecution and strategic IP counseling for clients in the biotechnology and hardware/software industries. I have a particular focus on systems and software developed by biotechnology companies, such as bioinformatics, gene arrays and related software and systems. Prior to joining Knobbe Martens, I co-founded Intronics Computer Corp., a company that specialized in the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards for PCs. Prior to that, I was a graduate student at UCLA studying the structure of apolipoprotein molecules.
I am a member of the American Bar Association and the San Diego Country Bar Association. I am a vice-chair of the U.S. Patent Law committee for the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) association. In 2003 and 2004 I was co-chair of the Intellectual Property section of the San Diego Bar Association. In addition, for several years I was an adjunct professor of biotechnology law at the USD School of Law. I served on the editorial staff of San Diego Lawyer magazine from 2004 to 2008.
I have lived and worked in San Diego since 1986. I am married and have two children, Joshua, 10, and Tasha, 7. My kids and I enjoy camping with the YMCA Adventure Guides program. I am an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. Along with the San Diego Astronomy Association, my kids and I regularly help host “star parties” at local schools to help kids become interested in astronomy and science. We are also members of the San Diego DART Rocketry club, and enjoy building and shooting model rockets on Fiesta Island.