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Guidelines for Selecting Your Patent Attorney
When you select a patent attorney, you should look for the following qualities:
Your goal in selecting a patent attorney is to find one attorney with all of the above qualities to draft all of your patents. And you'll want to make sure that the attorney you find will be drafting the patents himself, not sending them to a junior attorney who has few, if any of these qualities. Many law firms will show you the most impressive attorney they can find, only to shift the work down to more junior attorneys. The qualifications of the person who architects the patent design and argues the patent before the patent office is the single biggest factor in getting a broad, defensible patent allowed by the patent office. Many law firms leave these jobs to someone other than the person you'll meet. You should make certain that you understand the qualifications of everyone who will be working on your patent applications.
THE PEOPLE OF INNOVATION PARTNERS
At Innovation Partners, everyone who architects patent applications and argues them before the United States Patent and Trademark Office has an undergraduate engineering degree from Stanford, Berkeley or MIT, has demonstrated the ability to learn quickly and communicate clearly by teaching engineering to others, has a law degree from a law school recognized as being in the "top ten" law schools, has many years of experience practicing patent law, as well as corporate engineering or business experience.
Charles Gotlieb founded Innovation Partners, a Palo Alto and San Francisco, California law firm specializing in technology issues. Mr. Gotlieb specializes in intellectual property counseling, technology licensing and distribution, and patent prosecution. He is a registered patent attorney and his articles on intellectual property law have been published in various publications. At Stanford University, Mr. Gotlieb simultaneously received two undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, and was admitted to Stanford's engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. After graduating from Stanford, Mr. Gotlieb served as an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and was employed by International Business Machines Corporation and ROLM, an IBM-acquired communications equipment corporation, in various assignments in manufacturing, product management and sales. Mr. Gotlieb received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he held a number of editorships at the High Technology Law Journal. Mr. Gotlieb has technical expertise in a wide variety of software including database software, encryption, Web technologies and communications, hardware, including circuit design, industrial processes and technologies, and bioinformatics.
Mr. Gotlieb has represented corporations as diverse as Amazon.com, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation, Macromedia, Charles Schwab, and many other smart, creative and innovative people, from some of the Internet's top technologists to Martin Ehrlichman, Barbra Streisand's lifelong business manager.