Law School/Year: George Washington University, with honors
College/Year: Harvey Mudd College, B.S.
California, registered with U.S. Patent Office
Intellectual Property Professional Background Carl Kukkonen is a founding partner of Mintz Levin’s San Diego office. He is recognized as a leading intellectual property portfolio manager and provides strategic intellectual property counseling, including advice on patent infringement and validity, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, U.S. and international trademark counseling and prosecution, branding strategies, trademark and copyright infringement, domain name disputes and licensing. Carl has drafted and prosecuted patents on behalf of entities ranging from individual inventors to large multinationals in diverse technical areas including:
* Clean Technology: process and atmospheric sensors, solar technologies, water and wind turbines, fuel cells, water purification, energy efficiency technologies
* High Technology: enterprise software, Web 2.0 and business methods, cloud computing, mobile phone software and hardware, semiconductors, telecommunications, nanotechnology, optical devices, computer and microchip architecture, signal and image processing
* Medical Devices: medication delivery devices, wireless healthcare, ophthalmic technologies, bone fixation plates and systems, spine technologies
* Miscellaneous: aerospace, automotive/transportation, food processing
Before joining Mintz Levin, Carl worked for a national intellectual property law firm, a European intellectual property law firm, and a Los Angeles area high-technology incubator as its general counsel. While in law school, he served as a legal extern for the Honorable Randall R. Rader, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as for Ranking Member Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. in connection with the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Carl has been recognized on multiple occasions as a "Top Attorney" in San Diego by his peers. In addition, he serves the local technology community in his capacity as a board member for CONNECT, CleanTECH San Diego and the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum. Carl was named to the San Diego Metropolitan's 2009 40 Under 40 list, which honors the region's exceptional business and civic leaders.