SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Dan Ovanezian and Bill Jacobs recently spoke on an IP/Patent panel at Santa Clara University School of Engineering alongside John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley USPTO, and Joseph Kucera, Director of IP Strategy at firm client Pure Storage.

The panel, directed to EE, CS, and CE undergraduates in Santa Clara’s undergraduate program, addressed rewarding careers in intellectual property for engineers. The panel was a huge success, and the panelists were invited by the SCU program director to make the event an annual tradition.

Dan Ovanezian has 20 years of experience in intellectual property law. His practice encompasses the entire patent life cycle, including mining and identifying patentable inventions and advising patent committees, conducting training seminars in IP matters, and prosecuting patent applications with the USPTO. Ovanezian also helps companies establish patent committees and perform IP landscaping, and regularly guides startups looking to develop IP portfolios for IPOs and other exit strategies.

Bill Jacobs is an intellectual property attorney with an electrical engineering background who helps clients formulate strategies to protect and utilize their IP assets. His practice includes patent and trademark prosecution, software copyrights and licensing. He also counsels clients in patent infringement and validity matters.

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