Barmak S. Sani

Partner
Services: Intellectual Property; Patent Counseling & Prosecution; Post Grant Proceedings
Industries: Semiconductors & Electronics; Technology & Software

Barmak Sani focuses his practice on patent counseling. Mr. Sani has assisted domestic and international companies including numerous Silicon Valley start-ups in building and managing patent portfolios as well as analyzing patents in a variety of contexts including infringement/validity opinions, reexamination and reissue proceedings, design around efforts, and litigation. He has also provided in-depth analysis of patent portfolios in the context of licensing negotiations, venture capital investments, and corporate acquisitions.

Mr. Sani has extensive experience in the prosecution of foreign and domestic patents in a variety of electronics fields, including volatile and non-volatile semiconductor memories, solid state drive (SSD) systems, semiconductor power devices, semiconductor process and packaging, electronic design automation (EDA), and ICs for wireless, home networking, and mobile TV applications.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Mr. Sani worked at Signetics Corporation as a circuit designer, and later at a start-up company, Wafer Scale Integration, Inc., managing a team of integrated circuit designers primarily responsible for the design and development of high performance non-volatile memory products. He has nine years of industry experience in the area of non-volatile memory technology. Mr. Sani holds two patents and has published and presented a number of articles related to non-volatile memories.

Mr. Sani served as a co-leader of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Electronics & Software Practice Group for four years and prior to that served as the hiring partner for the Electronics & Software Practice Group for three years. Mr. Sani currently serves on the advisory board for Santa Clara University School of Law, High Tech Law Institute.

Professional Organizations

Santa Clara University School of Law, High Tech Advisory Board Member

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

Iranian American Bar Association, Member

Education

Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D. (1997)

Santa Clara University School of Engineering, M.S., Electrical Engineering (1991)

University of California, Berkeley, B.S., Electrical Engineering (1983)

Bar Admissions

California (1998)

Admissions

Northern District of California (2010)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1998)

Inter Partes reexamination for packaging company

Representing a successful packaging company in an Inter Partes reexamination of a patent relating to semiconductor packaging technology. The patent is asserted against our client in concurrent litigation.

Inter Partes reexaminations for semiconductor startup company

Representing a successful semiconductor startup company in Inter Partes reexaminations of 4 patents relating to non-volatile memory technology. Three of the four patents are asserted against our client in concurrent litigation, and the fourth Inter Partes reexamination was initiated on one of our client’s patents by the opposing party.

Ex parte reexam requests for multiple clients

Drafted ex parte reexam requests on seven patents for two semiconductor companies.

Navigating the IP minefield in the Emerging Solid State Disk Technology, August 2008

A New Virtual Ground Array Architecture for Very High Speed High Density EPROMS, January 1

A 50 nS 256K CMOS Split-Gate EPROM, January 1

“A New Virtual Ground Array Architecture for Very High Speed High Density EPROMS,” , January 1

“Mappable Peripheral Memory for High-Speed Applications,” , January 1

“Mappable Memory Subsystem for High Speed Applications,” , January 1

“A New Staggered Virtual Ground Array Architecture Implemented in a 4Mb CMOS EPROM,” , January 1

“A 50 nS 256K CMOS Split-Gate EPROM,” , January 1

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Barmak Sani focuses his practice on patent counseling. Mr. Sani has assisted domestic and international companies including numerous Silicon Valley start-ups in building and managing patent portfolios as well as analyzing patents in a variety of contexts including infringement/validity opinions, reexamination and reissue proceedings, design around efforts, and litigation. He has also provided in-depth analysis of patent portfolios in the context of licensing negotiations, venture capital investments, and corporate acquisitions.

Mr. Sani has extensive experience in the prosecution of foreign and domestic patents in a variety of electronics fields, including volatile and non-volatile semiconductor memories, solid state drive (SSD) systems, semiconductor power devices, semiconductor process and packaging, electronic design automation (EDA), and ICs for wireless, home networking, and mobile TV applications.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Mr. Sani worked at Signetics Corporation as a circuit designer, and later at a start-up company, Wafer Scale Integration, Inc., managing a team of integrated circuit designers primarily responsible for the design and development of high performance non-volatile memory products. He has nine years of industry experience in the area of non-volatile memory technology. Mr. Sani holds two patents and has published and presented a number of articles related to non-volatile memories.

Mr. Sani served as a co-leader of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Electronics & Software Practice Group for four years and prior to that served as the hiring partner for the Electronics & Software Practice Group for three years. Mr. Sani currently serves on the advisory board for Santa Clara University School of Law, High Tech Law Institute.

Professional Organizations

Santa Clara University School of Law, High Tech Advisory Board Member

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

Iranian American Bar Association, Member

Education

Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D. (1997)

Santa Clara University School of Engineering, M.S., Electrical Engineering (1991)

University of California, Berkeley, B.S., Electrical Engineering (1983)

Bar Admissions

California (1998)

Admissions

Northern District of California (2010)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1998)

Inter Partes reexamination for packaging company

Representing a successful packaging company in an Inter Partes reexamination of a patent relating to semiconductor packaging technology. The patent is asserted against our client in concurrent litigation.

Inter Partes reexaminations for semiconductor startup company

Representing a successful semiconductor startup company in Inter Partes reexaminations of 4 patents relating to non-volatile memory technology. Three of the four patents are asserted against our client in concurrent litigation, and the fourth Inter Partes reexamination was initiated on one of our client’s patents by the opposing party.

Ex parte reexam requests for multiple clients

Drafted ex parte reexam requests on seven patents for two semiconductor companies.

Navigating the IP minefield in the Emerging Solid State Disk Technology, August 2008

A New Virtual Ground Array Architecture for Very High Speed High Density EPROMS, January 1

A 50 nS 256K CMOS Split-Gate EPROM, January 1

“A New Virtual Ground Array Architecture for Very High Speed High Density EPROMS,” , January 1

“Mappable Peripheral Memory for High-Speed Applications,” , January 1

“Mappable Memory Subsystem for High Speed Applications,” , January 1

“A New Staggered Virtual Ground Array Architecture Implemented in a 4Mb CMOS EPROM,” , January 1

“A 50 nS 256K CMOS Split-Gate EPROM,” , January 1

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DISCLAIMER

While we are pleased to have you contact us by telephone, surface mail, electronic mail, or by facsimile transmission, contacting Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP or any of its attorneys does not create an attorney-client relationship. The formation of an attorney-client relationship requires consideration of multiple factors, including possible conflicts of interest. An attorney-client relationship is formed only when both you and the Firm have agreed to proceed with a defined engagement.

DO NOT CONVEY TO US ANY INFORMATION YOU REGARD AS CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL A FORMAL CLIENT-ATTORNEY RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.

If you do convey information, you recognize that we may review and disclose the information, and you agree that even if you regard the information as highly confidential and even if it is transmitted in a good faith effort to retain us, such a review does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could be used against you.

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