Marina Portnova Partner

T 650.433.5720 | F 650.433.5721

Technology innovators call on Marina for assistance in building and managing their patent portfolios, from identifying technical advantages to implementing programs that capture these advantages as patents.

She provides a broad spectrum of patent-related services, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications (both U.S. and international), invention mining, patent validity and infringement analysis and opinions, freedom to operate analysis, IP due diligence work, IP licensing, and strategic IP counseling. Her practice focuses on intellectual property protection in:

  • Computer architecture
  • Networking
  • Video technologies
  • Cryptography
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud computing
  • Machine learning
  • Image processing
  • Natural language processing
  • Internet advertising

Marina’s outstanding record in these areas, combined with her technical background in engineering and computer science, helps her clients–from startups to industry leaders–take full advantage of the opportunities in this quickly evolving market.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Marina worked as a software developer and a database administrator.


Alice: The Fallout Continues
World Intellectual Property Review, August 23, 2016
Marina Portnova, Dmitry Andreev
Important Considerations for Patent Strategies
Inside the Minds: Developing a Patent Strategy, February 2012
Marina Portnova, Benjamin Kimes

Related Areas

Patent Counseling & Prosecution
The Tech Group


Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis ( J.D. , 1999 ) ,
  • Articles Editor, Indiana International & Comparative Law Review;
  • Recipient, Henry B. Blackwell II Prize for authoring the publication "Ownership and Enforcement of Patent Rights in Russia: Protecting an Invention in the Existing Environment," Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1998;
  • Recipient, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers First Prize in the Nathan Burkan Copyright Law Writing Competition
Central Institute of Patent Law, St. Petersburg, Russia ( Degree in Russian Patent Law , 1990 )
Technical University, St. Petersburg, Russia ( M.S. ) , Engineering
Technical University, St. Petersburg, Russia ( B.S. ) , Computer Science

Bar Admissions

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

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