Expertise

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Our Practice

A Law Firm Focused On Intellectual Property

We build and sustain long-term relationships with our clients by providing a wide range of intellectual property services, from building a patent portfolio from scratch to acquiring and licensing intellectual property and navigating the competitive landscape. We partner with technology, life sciences, media, and other emerging growth companies to identify, protect and leverage their intellectual property assets most effectively. We help our clients build and implement successful new business models, develop strategic intellectual property portfolios, structure and negotiate technology and other corporate partnering transactions, and consult on long-term IP strategies.

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Patent Procurement

Representing clients ranging from pre-public and discovery-stage start-ups to large publicly traded companies with an international presence, we provide IP counseling services to support our clients throughout their corporate lifespan by devising strategies to enhance their market position and protect them from infringement and unfair competition. Our focus is on helping you create IP strategies that align with corporate vision, secure protection for core assets and deliver competitive advantage and long-term value. Our attorneys work with you to recognize the potential value of your patent portfolio. ...Read more

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Post Grant Review of Patents

At times, it is critical to determine the strength, or validity, of a patent. Post grant procedures, such as patent reexamination, provide a vehicle for doing so. Our team has a wealth of experience with both challenging and defending the validity of issued patents directed to a wide array of technologies and in a wide array of circumstances. Our team is also poised to help you take advantage of the newly available patent validity determination tools, such as the Post Grant Review, Inter Partes Review, Supplemental Examination, and Patent Reissue procedures. ...Read more

Post Grant Review of Patents

At times, it is critical to determine the strength, or validity, of a patent. Post grant procedures, such as patent reexamination, provide a vehicle for doing so. Our team has a wealth of experience with both challenging and defending the validity of issued patents directed to a wide array of technologies and in a wide array of circumstances.

For example, our team has handled:

  • Many Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination proceedings for both patent owners and third party requestors;
  • Interference proceedings;
  • Public Use proceedings (of which there are only a few each decade);
  • Appeals of Decisions from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) issued during reexamination proceedings to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC); and
  • European opposition proceedings. European opposition proceedings are similar to the new Post Grant Review proceeding instituted with the America Invents Act.

Our team is also poised to help you take advantage of the newly available patent validity determination tools, such as the Post Grant Review, Inter Partes Review, Supplemental Examination, and Patent Reissue procedures.

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Technology Transactions

Our Technology Transaction lawyers assist clients in developing and implementing strategies to acquire, develop, protect, enforce and commercialize intellectual property and technology on a worldwide basis. We advise fast-growing companies in all technology and life sciences sectors, from software, hardware, Internet, communications, semiconductor, and other information technology and content companies to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical-device and bioinformatics companies. Our lawyers have represented clients in deals with nearly every major company in those sectors worldwide. And, in doing so, we have structured an extraordinary variety of partnering transactions, ranging from those with more traditional, ...Read more

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General Counsel Services

Our outsourced general or corporate counsel offering is a flat monthly fee service that allows a company to staff an in-house general or corporate counsel function that satisfies the business' day-to-day needs for legal support at a predictable cost. The service provides comprehensive legal support to the company's owners, board of directors, executive management, sales, human resources, finance, administrative and operations personnel. The attorneys you will work with have spent over a decade in the General Counsel role at both public and private companies. For companies with no in-house legal staff, we handle ongoing, routine legal matters at a fraction of the cost of ...Read more

Team

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Who we are

We move you forward.

Welcome to Ascenda Law Group. We sustain long-term relationships with our clients by providing a wide range of intellectual property services, from building a patent portfolio from scratch to acquiring and licensing intellectual property and navigating the competitive landscape. We partner with technology, life sciences, media, and other emerging growth companies to identify, protect and leverage intellectual property assets. Meet the Ascenda Law team.

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Tarek Fahmi

Principal

Named one of the leading IP Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal...

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Tarek Fahmi

tarek@ascendalaw.com
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Cameron Sellers

Principal

Cameron Sellers decided to become a founding member of the firm after gaining executive management...

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Cameron Sellers

cameron@ascendalaw.com
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Amy J. Embert

Principal

Amy J. Embert is an experienced patent attorney who creates patent strategies...

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Amy J. Embert

amy@ascendalaw.com
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Michael A. Davitz

Principal

Michael A. Davitz is both a physician-scientist and attorney. His practice focuses...

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Michael A. Davitz

michael@ascendalaw.com
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Karen Bechtold

Counsel

Karen Bechtold comes to the firm after over eight years of in-house intellectual property...

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Karen Bechtold

karen@ascendalaw.com
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Megan M. Gallant

Senior Associate

Megan Gallant is an experienced patent attorney and focuses...

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Megan M. Gallant

megan@ascendalaw.com
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Jonathan Tsao

Registered Patent Agent

Jonathan is a registered patent agent who specializes in preparing and prosecuting patent applications....

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Jonathan Tsao

jonathan@ascendalaw.com
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Scott Weaver

Paralegal

Scott has put out more legal fires than Mariano Rivera has broken bats....

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Scott Weaver

scott@ascendalaw.com
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Diana Guido

IP Coordinator

Our IP Coordinator, Diana, knows how to hustle and bustle, not only through the streets of NYC but also when it comes to meeting deadlines....

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Diana Guido

diana@ascendalaw.com
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Jia Li

Registered Patent Agent

Dr. Li has extensive experience in molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry. ...

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Jennifer Stewart

Director, IP Operations

As a patent paralegal professional with over ten years experience, Jennifer effectively executes...

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Jennifer Stewart

jennifer@ascendalaw.com
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Gloria Velasco

Legal Assistant

As an integral part of our staff, Gloria tackles a myriad of projects that would make any juggler envious. ...

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Gloria Velasco

gloria@ascendalaw.com
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Wendy Y. Ballew

Accounting Supervisor

Wendy handles all things accounting. As a former cross-country runner, Wendy knows the meaning of racing against the clock, over countless obstacles, to reach the finish line. ...

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Wendy Y. Ballew

wendy@ascendalaw.com

Approach

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Our unique approach

Here is what we can promise you

Our approach to client counseling combines our technical backgrounds and practical experience with our legal knowledge and business acumen. Due to our extensive experience with technology, life sciences and media companies, we are able to anticipate and identify potential roadblocks before they happen.

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Creative Solutions

Due to our extensive experience with technology, life sciences and media companies, we are able to anticipate and identify potential roadblocks before they happen. In addition, this experience allows us to formulate a unique or creative solution and help our clients achieve their goals.

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Collaboration

We work collaboratively with our clients. We take the time to understand the business model, technology and goals of each client in order to respond with practical and tailored advice. We want to be trusted advisors, confidants, and counselors rather than just another outside vendor. By collaborating with our clients and each other and the community at large, we are able to be better advisers and help our clients grow and flourish.

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Value Driven

One of our founding principles is to provide a high quality service at affordable rates. General inflation, competition for talent, and the profits generated by the technology boom have resulted in large law firms becoming increasingly focused on billable hours and raising their billing rates. In contrast, we offer our clients a high value service in a cost effective manner. We achieve this in two ways. First, we keep our overhead expenses low so we can offer reasonable rates to our clients. Second, we offer a unique balance of senior level experience from both large law firms and in-house counsel (for both public and private companies). The law firm experience gives us the in-depth knowledge of the law, best industry practices and how to deal with sophisticated legal issues. Our experience as in-house counsel helps us understand corporate issues and how to drive efficient, practical solutions.

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Subscription Pricing

At Ascenda Law Group we offer our clients the opportunity to subscribe to legal services and pay one fixed amount each month for unlimited services in key areas.  Many clients have opted for this model because it allows us to become a true part of your team.  Instead of being worried about incurring costs for every phone call or email, clients feel free to engage us at any time.  Unlike the billable hour structure, we are incentivized to provide both efficient and high quality service.  And, most importantly for you, there are no surprises.  You can predict legal expenses and rely on a consistent monthly fee.  The goal of this model is to focus on the true value we provide clients rather than each hour or minute of time spent on a project.

Benefits:

  • Ability to forecast and budget for legal expenses
  • Encourages you to communicate and engage legal counsel
  • Incentive for our firm to close deals efficiently
  • Practical and concise advice rather than long-winded theoretical advice
  • Our legal “team” becomes a part of your “team”
  • Eliminates many legal emergencies because clients engage legal counsel early in the process
  • No complaints for legal bills that include charges for phone calls, copying, legal research, internal meetings, etc.

Sometimes clients ask what happens during the “slower” months.  We work with clients to develop a queue of legal projects/tasks that are ongoing.  It might mean that we update templates or policies or we assist in implementing a new patent prosecution program or an open source policy.  We will always find a way to provide value.  But, in the end the cyclical nature of business usually results in a fair fee to clients.

Last, if you elect to subscribe to legal services, we do not require you to commit to a particular subscription period.  If at any time you feel the subscription model is not beneficial to you or your company, you are free to return to the billable hour structure.

Here is a description of our Standard Transaction Subscription:

  • Unlimited access to your legal team for advice and counsel regarding technology transactions and other contractual matters
  • Unlimited negotiating, drafting and finalizing technology transactions with customers and channel partners
  • Unlimited negotiating, drafting and finalizing agreements with vendors and service providers
  • Create templates/forms and update templates/forms over time

Contact

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We would like to connect with you.

Ascenda brings the insight, commitment to excellence, and the personal approach needed for our clients to reach their business objectives. If you desire the highest level of responsiveness, best practices and access to lawyers, please connect with us, to learn more.

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San Jose Office

84 W. Santa Clara Street

Suite 550

San Jose, CA 95113

866.877.4883

San Francisco Office

633 Folsom St., 4th Flr.

San Francisco, CA 94107

866.877.4883

New York Office

420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 920

New York, NY 10170

866.877.4883

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Careers

We are currently seeking to hire highly qualified attorneys and paralegals with patent prosecution experience. A technical background and excellent academic credentials are considered a plus. Please contact us to learn more about our current job openings and our unique approach to law firm management and client service.