Dan Ovanezian is an IP attorney and a Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. He counsels companies in patent prosecution, trademarks, software copyrights, licensing, opinion letters, due diligence reviews accompanying mergers and acquisitions, IP portfolio evaluations, and pre-trial services related to patent infringement litigation. He manages the entire patent life cycle, including mining and identifying patentable inventions, leading and advising patent committees, conducting training seminars in IP matters, and prosecuting patent applications with the U.S. Patent Office.
Dan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (1998). Dan has broad-based technology experience, including the design and fabrication of integrated circuit devices (e.g., processors, ASICs, programmable controllers, memories, image sensors and capacitance sensors), power management devices, disk drives, medical devices and systems, fiber optics, multi-carrier communication systems, solar power, software and networking. He counsels start-ups in their development of IP portfolios through IPOs and other exit strategies. Dan also helps companies establish patent committees and perform IP landscaping.
Dan effectively communicates complex technologies and legal issues to provide clients with risk management solutions and value propositions at various engineering and management levels. He works with clients—with and without inside patent counsel—to marshal internal company resources from various organizations (technical, business, and corporate legal) and to lead virtual teams in successfully advancing companies’ IP strategies. He also negotiates with business and legal leaders of third parties for closure on IP issues.
Dan is the author of numerous articles on intellectual property issues including: “Collaborative Partnership Leads to Better Patents,” Intellectual Property Today; “Using Old Tech to Get New Tech Patents,” Association of Corporate Counsel; “Getting Patents Quicker Without Breaking the Bank,” Corporate Counsel; “An Update On USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Initiative,” Law360; “Uncle Sam Wants You! A Call to Pro Bono Service for Patent Practitioners,” New Matter, The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California; “Ethical Conflicts For The Patent Practitioner,” New Matter; and “Internet Search Engine Copying: Fair Use Defense to Copyright Infringement,” Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal.
J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute