BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

 PARTNERS

JOHN P. O'BANION, J.D., P.E., B.S.E.E. (Managing Partner)

Education:

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of California, Davis; Juris Doctor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Licenses: California Bar; District of Columbia Bar; United States Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney - Registration No. 33,201; Registered Professional Engineer.

Practice:

Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secret Protection, Registration, Prosecution, and Enforcement; Licensing; Technology Transfer; Litigation Support; Mediation; Arbitration.

Technology: Electrical Engineering (computer science and physical science); software and computer system architecture and engineering; machine vision; information theory; distributed computing; "big data" analysis; information theory and perceptual computing; semiconductor, thick film and thin film device fabrication; nanotechnology; analog and digital communication; networking; analog and digital circuits; signal processing; data acquisition; image and video processing; speech recognition; natural language processing; microcontrollers; robotics; power systems and devices; computational imaging; sensors and actuators; wearable devices; medical devices and treatment.

Affiliations:

State Bar of California (Intellectual Property Section; Executive Committee, Member 1996-2001, Program Chair 1998-1999, Vice Chair 1999-2000, Chair 2000-2001; Council of State Bar Sections, Section Representative 2001-2002, Vice-Chair, 2002-2003, Chair 2003-2004; Board of Governors Task Force, Member 2003-2004); Sacramento County Bar Association; American Bar Association; Sacramento Intellectual Property Law Association (Chief Financial Officer and Member, Board of Directors, 1990-1997); American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® ratedMartindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™Northern California Super Lawyers.

Former Special Deputy Attorney General, North Dakota (intellectual property)

E-Mail: jpo@intellectual.com

 

 

John P. O'Banion, J.D., P.E., B.S.E.E.

Registered Patent Attorney &
Registered Professional Engineer

 

   John P. O'Banion

 

 

JAMES M. RITCHEY, J.D., Ph.D.

Education:

University of Redlands, B.S., 1969; Northwestern University, M.S., 1971; Northwestern University, Ph.D. (biochemistry), 1974; University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1985; National Institutes of Health Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, University of California at Berkeley, 1975-1977.

Licenses: California Bar; United States Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney - Registration No. 32,594.

Practice:

Patent Prosecution.

Technology: Chemistry; Biochemistry; Molecular Biology.

Affiliations:

State Bar of California (Member: Intellectual Property Section); Sacramento County and American (Member, Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law) Bar Associations; San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; American Chemical Society. 

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® ratedMartindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™.

Professor of Chemistry, California State University, Sacramento, 1977-present; Adjunct Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law, 1985-2005.

E-Mail: jmr@intellectual.com 

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEYS

STEVEN L. SMITH, J.D., B.S.M.B.

Education:  B.S. Molecular Biology, University of Utah; Juris Doctor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Licenses:

California Bar; United States Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney - Registration No. 44,343. 

Practice: Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secret Protection, Registration, Prosecution, and Enforcement; Licensing; Technology Transfer; Litigation Support; Mediation; Arbitration.

Technology:

Chemistry; Biochemistry; Molecular Biology; Medical Imaging and Processing.

Affiliations: State Bar of California (Member: Intellectual Property Section); Sacramento County and American (Member, Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law) Bar Associations.

E-Mail: 

sls@intellectual.com 

 

ROBERT F. KRAMER, J.D., B.S.A.E.

Education:  B.S. Aerospace Engineering, San Jose State University; Juris Doctor, Santa Clara University School of Law. 

Licenses:

California Bar; United States Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney - Registration No. 51,242. 

Practice: Patent Prosecution; Licensing; Technology Transfer; Litigation Support; Mediation; Arbitration.

Technology:

Medical Devices; Medical Imaging and Processing; Medical Treatment; Sensors and Actuators; Wearable Devices; Aerospace.

Affiliations: State Bar of California (Member, Intellectual Property Section); Sacramento County Bar Association. 

E-Mail: 

rfk@intellectual.com 

 

JOSEPH R. MILNER (Joe), Ph.D., J.D.. (of counsel)

Education:  B.A. Mathematics, University of South Florida; M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming; Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University; Juris Doctor, Santa Clara University Law School. 

Licenses:

California Bar; United States Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney - Registration No. 42,896. 

Practice: Patent Prosecution; Licensing.

Technology:

Mechanical Engineering, Computer Software, Acoustics, Data Analysis, Cryptography, Nuclear Processes, Semiconductor Fabrication, MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems), Nanotechnology, Instrumentation, Data Processing, Computer Graphics, Robotics, Geophysics, Ocean Wave Power Generation, Satellite Fire Detection, Control Systems, Numerical Analysis, Vibration and Resonant Structures, Material Processing, Video Compression, Metamaterials, Hydroponics.

Affiliations: State Bar of California (Member: Intellectual Property Section). 

E-Mail: 

jrm@intellectual.com 

REGISTERED PATENT AGENTS

RODGER H. RAST, B.S.E.E.

Education:  B.S. Electrical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University. 

Licenses:

United States Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Agent - Registration No. 45,853. 

Practice: Patent Prosecution.

Technology:

Electrical Engineering (computer science and physical science); software and computer system architecture and engineering; machine vision; information theory; distributed computing; "big data" analysis; information theory and perceptual computing; semiconductor, thick film and thin film device fabrication; nanotechnology; analog and digital communication; networking; analog and digital circuits; signal processing; data acquisition; image and video processing; speech recognition; natural language processing; microcontrollers; robotics.

E-Mail: rhr@intellectual.com

PATENT PARALEGALS

BRANDY SCOTT

E-Mail:              bcs@intellectual.com

 

STEVEN KENNEDY

E-Mail:              sek@intellectual.com