Our Team

David A. Hill

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PATENT/INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEY 2002-Present
Associate in the law firm from April 2002 to present. Experience includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications, evaluating inventions for patentability, conducting prior art searches, and preparing and prosecuting trademark applications. Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

PATENT ASSOCIATE 1997 Patent Associate for Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich, LLP in Palo Alto, California. Prepared patent applications and responses to office actions in electronics and computer engineering.

PATENT ASSOCIATE 1995 – 1996 Patent Associate for Skjerven, Morrill, MacPherson, Franklin & Friel LLP, San Jose, California. Prepared and prosecuted patent applications in electronics and computer engineering. Prepared patent infringement analyses.

LITIGATION ASSOCIATE 1992 – 1995 Litigation Associate for Morrison & Foerster, Palo Alto, California. Engaged in state and federal court practice involving controversies over patent, trade secrets, copyrights, general business and pro bono matters. Wrote briefs and legal memoranda; conducted motion practice; took depositions; interviewed witnesses; prepared and responded to written discovery.

SUMMER ASSOCIATE Summer 1991 Wrote legal memoranda on patent and trade secret issues.

TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE

SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE ENGINEER 2000-2001
Software Quality Assurance Engineer for Zembu Labs, Inc., testing Palo Alto, California. Developed automated UNIX test suites in PERL and shell scripts for network protocols such as DNS, NTP and SNMP; for testing VPNs such as data routing on network failure, encryption, and key exchange; and for testing Oracle to Postgres translation, with syntax validation and error generation. Wrote guide for writing functional specifications.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE ENGINEER January 1988- August 1989
Senior Associate Engineer for International Business Machines in San Jose, California. Wrote communications program used to test a new IBM storage device. Conducted design reviews and wrote technical manuals for communications programs. Wrote “C” interfaces allowing users to access functions of communications programs.

ASSOCIATE ENGINEER July 1986 – December 1987
Associate Engineer for International Business Machines in San Jose, California. Developed hardware and software design changes to adapt test equipment for new IBM products. Aided in the debug of IBM storage devices.

EDUCATION

BOALT HALL SCHOOL OF LAW
University of California Berkeley, California
J. D., May 1992

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara, California
M.S., Electrical Engineering, 1986

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Stanford, California
B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1984

DE ANZA COLLEGE
Cupertino, California
A.A.s, Network Programming and Systems Programming, 2000

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

ADMISSIONS
State Bar of California – 1992
United States Patent Office – 1999

ORGANIZATIONS
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association