Daniel Ovanezian Partner

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Dan offers strategic counsel to clients seeking to protect and defend their intellectual property through patent and trademark prosecution, software copyrights, licensing, and pretrial services related to patent infringement litigation. He also provides patent infringement and validity opinions, due diligence reviews to accompany mergers and acquisitions, and IP portfolio evaluations.

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 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Dan 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.

Dan’s training as an engineer, together with his broad-based technology experience, gives him an invaluable technical perspective on the complex issues confronting his corporate clients. He has considerable experience involving the design and fabrication of integrated circuit devices, such as processors, ASICs, programmable controllers, memories, image sensors, and capacitance sensors. Clients benefit from Dan’s knowledge and understanding of power management devices, disk drives, medical devices and systems, fiber optics, multicarrier communication systems, solar power, software, and networking.

When it comes to highly complex technologies and legal issues, Dan is an effective communicator, providing his clients with comprehensible, targeted risk management solutions and value propositions at various engineering and management levels. He works closely with clients–with and without inside patent counsel–to marshal internal company resources from technical, business, and corporate legal organizations to advance IP strategies. Dan is also effective in achieving closure on IP issues by negotiating with business and legal leaders of third parties.

A guest lecturer at Santa Clara University School of Law on patents and other intellectual property areas, Dan is the author of numerous articles on IP issues, ranging from effective use of the USPTO’s programs in order to obtain patents quicker and with less expense to collaborative partnerships with in-house counsel in developing a company’s patent portfolio. Dan also serves on the advisory committee for the California Inventors Assistance Program and is involved in initiatives to help provide IP pro bono services to financially underresourced independent inventors and small businesses.


Getting Patents Quicker Without Breaking the Bank
Corporate Counsel, September 21, 2016
Daniel Ovanezian, Michael Moore
Collaborative Partnership Leads to Better Patents
Intellectual Property Today, December 2014
Daniel Ovanezian
Using Old Tech to Get New Tech Patents
Association of Corporate Counsel, August 21, 2014
Daniel Ovanezian
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Press Mentions

Daniel Ovanezian comments in Law360 about the tide-turning reversal of the Enfish decision and its impact on software patent eligibility. , Law360 , July 6, 2016

Related Areas

The Tech Group


Santa Clara University School of Law ( J.D. , 1998 ) , Articles Editor, Santa Clara Law Journal; Recipient of High Technology Law Certificate
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( B.S. , 1989 ) , Electrical Engineering

Bar Admissions

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • American Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California