DENNIS S. FERNANDEZ
Suffolk University, Boston, MA, J.D. 1989
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, B.S. Electrical Engineering 1983 EXPERIENCE
FERNANDEZ & ASSOCIATES LLP, Menlo Park, CA – Managing Partner (1998 – present) Practice focused in developing offensive and defensive patent strategies for start-up electronics, software and biotech companies and their investors.
• PROSECUTION (50%)
US prosecution, some foreign filings
Drafted applications, amendments, appeals, reexams Managed numerous client portfolio strategies
• LITIGATION (30%)
Pre-litigation infringement and invalidity analyses Facilitated electronic discovery and doc production Various ITC case analyses
• LICENSING (20%)
Mostly university-startup deals and due-diligence
Analyzed emerging industry-standards IP issues
Handled settlement negotiations
• REPRESENTATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
Heavily EE/CS: networks/computers/chips/software/telecom/media Automotive/electrical-hybrids/GPS-navigation
NEO-PARADIGM LABS, San Jose, CA – General Counsel / VP Business Development (1997 – 1998) Fabless mixed-signal semiconductor design start-up. SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES / VERTEX, Redwood Shores, CA – Vice President (1996-1997) Managed venture capital investments in US and Asian start-ups. WALDEN INTERNATIONAL, San Francisco, CA – Country Manager (1995-1996) Managed venture capital investments in US and Asian start-ups. FENWICK & WEST, LLP, Palo Alto, CA – Associate (1990-1995) Patent prosecution, litigation, licensing, due-diligence matters. NUTTER MCCLENNEN & FISH, Boston, MA – Associate (1989-1990) Patent prosecution, litigation, licensing, due-diligence matters. RACAL-REDAC, Chelmsford, MA – Applications Engineer (1988-1989) Electronic circuit and systems design and marketing applications. BAR ADMISSIONS: California, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, U.S.P.T.O. INTERESTS: Inventor (80+ issued US and foreign patents); Song-writing (piano and guitar) PADI-Certified Dive Instructor; Underwater marine photography and advanced technical diving Board of Directors, Alpine Hills Tennis and Swimming Club.