Dan Salehi (Partner) has extensive experience in the patent field. Although well-versed in all aspects of patent practice from counseling to prosecution, litigation and licensing, Dan’s practice is focused on providing in-house support for companies by interfacing with general counsel, company executives and scientists.
Over the past 17 years, Dan has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in electrical arts (telecommunications, optics, MEMS, software, digital circuits and fabrications), mechanical arts (automotives), medical devices (stents, implants, implant coatings, medical and dental appliances), chemical (organic and inorganic compounds) and pharmaceutical (medicinal and biochemical compositions). Additionally, Dan continues to represent a number of start-up companies in various stages of financing. Some of his clients have been targeted for acquisition by fortune 100 companies and others have successfully raised financing. Dan appears regularly before client’s Board of Directors and reports directly as to the state of corporate IP.
Dan has successfully several interpartes actions, including both challenging and defending issued patents. He has also argued patent appeals cases before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. In addition, Dan has experience managing various phases of patent litigation including discovery and motion practice. He has also drafted and negotiated patent license agreements, joint venture agreements, university license agreements, and termination and release agreements.
In chemical and pharmaceutical space, Dan has analyzed patent portfolios and related prosecution history to provide clearance, non-infringement and invalidity opinions. Several of the opinions have gone on to form the basis of for Paragraph IV Certification under Hatch-Waxman Act.
Finally, Dan has served as Lead Business Unit in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 biotechnology company. In this capacity, Dan has managed teams of in-house and outside lawyers, lead defensive and offensive projects and has built and expanded corporate IP portfolios. Dan has reported to Sr. Management and the general counsel.
University of New Hampshire (FPLC), Concord, NH
• Juris Doctor
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
• M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
• B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Minor in Mktg Mngmt
Professional Memberships & Activities
State Bar of California
State Bar of New York
Bar of District of Columbia (inactive)
Registered to Practice before the U.S. PTO
District of Columbia Bar Association
- Patent, Trademarks and Copyright
Chairman, PTO Rules Committee (2004-2008)
Chairman, Ethics Committee (2001-2003)
Representative Litigation Experience
IPCO v. Cellnet Technologies; C.A. No. 1:2007cv02543 (N.D. Ga.) – Represented plaintiff in patent infringement litigation relating to WiFi Mesh technologies.
Tropos Networks, Inc. v. IPCO; C.A. No. 3:2005cv04281 (N.D. Ca.) – Represented defendant/patent in a declaratory judgment action for deployment of wireless technologies.
MOC Products Co. v. Transclean Corp. – C.A. No. CA-05-3581 PA (C.D. Ca.) – Represented plaintiff in a declaratory judgment action involving automotive technology.
IPCO v. Elster Electricity LLC.; – 1:2005cv01182 (N.D. Ga.) Represented plaintiff in a patent infringement action involving wireless mesh networking.
TruePosition, Inc. v. Andrew Corp.; C.A. No. 05-747-SLR (D. Del.) – Represented defendant in patent infringement litigation involving geolocation systems.
Nilssen v. Osram Sylvania, Inc., 440 F. Supp. 2d 884 (N.D. Ill.). Aff’d Nilssen v. Osram Sylvania, Inc., 504 F.3d 1223 (Fed. Cir. 2007) – Represented codefendants in patent litigation concerning fluorescent light bulbs.
Trueposition v. Allen Telecom Inc., C.A. No. 01-0823-GMS (D. Del.) – Represented defendant in damages portion of a patent infringement trial.
Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Opposition No. 91156340 – Represented U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a Trademark opposition.
Presentations & Publications
Speaker, “Impact of New Rules on Patent Practice,” AIPLA-PTP Annual Fall Conference (Oct. 2007)
Speaker, CLE seminar concerning best prosecution practices, The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (Sept. 2007)