Joan Arbolante is Counsel in the firm’s Corporate Department and a member of the Tech Group. Joan focuses her practice on intellectual property matters including patent preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications and support for patent litigation. Joan’s focus areas include: computer architecture, software, networking, communications, databases, business methods, electronic and computer hardware, semiconductor manufacturing, storage management software, storage hardware, wireless communications systems and devices, and Internet technologies.
Before returning to private practice, Joan served as in-house patent counsel at SAP Labs, where she managed patent portfolio development for Sybase technologies. Joan, specializing in the database segment, oversaw domestic and international patent application preparation and prosecution and counseled in IP strategy.
Joan was previously a trademark law clerk at Yahoo!, Inc. While in law school, she worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable A. James Robertson II of the San Francisco Superior Court.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Joan worked as an engineer for three years designing networking hardware test systems at 3Com Corporation for NIC, PC Card, hub and router technologies. Joan also worked as a product specialist in product management at Legato Systems, Inc. (acquired by EMC Corp.) overseeing the qualification of enterprise storage management software with various storage devices, and as an associate product manager at a storage service provider start-up providing SAN and NAS solutions.