Mary Fuller is a Senior Clinical Fellow in Santa Clara University School of Law’s Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic and Entrepreneurs’ Legal Advising Clinic, where students provide pro-bono legal services to high-tech startups. She is also the founder and principal at Fuller Tech Law in Silicon Valley. With decades of experience as an engineer, patent attorney, general counsel and corporate advisor, Mary provides intellectual property and fractional general counsel services for growth-minded technology companies.
Mary graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BSE in electrical engineering. After working at Hewlett-Packard as an engineer, she earned her JD, graduating cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Mary began her career in Silicon Valley as a patent attorney at law firms, including Pennie & Edmonds, Carr & Ferrell, and Bingham McCutchen. Later she joined Santa Clara-based Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. as a senior patent litigation attorney, rising to become Director and Managing Counsel for Litigation. She then served as Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Maxim Integrated Products as the company’s top IP attorney. She later became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment (“ASSIA”), and after that served as vice president, chief policy officer and head of legal at Kudelski Intellectual Property and Innovation.
Mary served as president of the San Francisco Bay Area IP Inn of Court 2010-2012, and has been a member since 1998. She has been active in Upward (previously Hipower), The Club Silicon Valley, and was Watermark’s Emerging Leader Award in 2015, and was recognized as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 100 Women of Influence in 2020.
In addition to leading Fuller Tech Law and teaching at Santa Clara University, speaks regularly on topics such as intellectual property, patent licensing strategies, artificial intelligence, litigation management and contract law. She is a frequent presenter at the Practicing Law Institute.
J.D. with honors, University of Notre Dame School of Law
B.S.E.E. Northern Arizona University