Douglas N. Larson is a senior counsel for the firm, focusing on patent prosecution, client counseling, opinions, and licensing. He has experience prosecuting patent applications in diverse fields of technology such as medical devices and treatments, alternative energies, office supplies, Internet security systems, manufacturing equipment and processes, e-commerce business methods, gaming, semiconductor fabrication, radio frequency identification devices, industrial designs, material science, medical equipment, and optics. He has conducted studies and rendered opinions concerning patent infringement, invalidity, and patentability; in addition to conducting due diligence reviews. His practice further includes strategic United States and international patent procurement and portfolio management and general counseling on infringement, licensing and assisting clients in designing around competitors’ patents and litigation support. He is experienced not only in prosecuting original design and utility patents but also reissues and reexaminations.
Mr. Larson has been a patent attorney in private practice for over 30 years. His first 15 years of private practice were with law firms in Washington, D.C., and the second 15 years have been with law firms in the Los Angeles area.
Mr. Larson received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1974, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1977 and his Master of Laws in Patent and Trade Regulation Law from The George Washington University Law School in 1983. He is a member of the Chi Epsilon Honor Society.
From 1977 to 1980 Mr. Larson was a Legal Editor for The United States Patents Quarterly. He was the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) representative to the Meeting of Experts, Draft New Act for Revision of The Hague Agreement in Geneva in 1997 and 1998. He was Chair of the AIPLA Industrial Designs Committee from 1996 to 1998 and a patent claims drafting instructor for the Patent Resources Group in 1996 and 1997. Mr. Larson also moderated a geothermal heat pump technical program at the GRC Annual Meeting in 2010.
Mr. Larson is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is admitted to practice before the state courts of California, and is a member of the Intellectual Property Sections of the California State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.