I would like to thank you for visiting my Website. As my client, you will obtain the benefits of my years of experience both as a Patent Attorney and, previously, as a Patent Examiner. My prior experience as a Primary Patent Examiner has provided me with a thorough, insider’s understanding of the Patent Application process. You will benefit from this experience as I guide you through the process and help you steer clear of its many inherent pitfalls. I will apply my knowledge and expertise to your case personally. You can rest assured that your case will not be passed on to someone with little or no experience.

I will diligently work toward your goals and will keep you informed as to progress that has been made. I look forward to being of service to you and welcoming you as my client.

- Alan W. Cannon, Attorney At Law


2003-Present: Principal, Law Office of Alan W. Cannon, Sunnyvale, CA

Current practice includes services directed toward advising start-ups as well as large corporations on Intellectual Property issues, particularly Patent Prosecution, as well as Patent Infringement and Invalidity opinions, and Intellectual Property Portfolio Analyses. Specific fields of practice include Medical Device Technologies, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Medical Diagnostics and Delivery Services, Computer Software Applications, Semiconductors, and General Mechanical and Electromechanical Systems and Devices.

2000-2003: Partner, Bozicevic, Field & Francis, Menlo Park, CA

Genesis of Medical Devices Practice Group. Preparation and prosecution of Patent Applications in Medical Devices, Software, Laser Optics and Semiconductor Technologies before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and throughout the world. Strategic Counseling of clients regarding Intellectual Property positions. Opinions regarding Patentability, Infringement, Validity and Freedom to Operate. Client Counseling with regard to Assignment and Licensing situations. Areas of practice: Medical Devices including less invasive Cardiovascular Surgery Devices, Drug Delivery Devices, Bioinformatics, Software, Laser Optics, Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment and processes.

1996-2000: Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster, Palo Alto, CA

Preparation and prosecution of Patent Applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and throughout the world.

1995-1996: Associate Attorney, Greenblum & Bernstein, Reston, VA
1991-1995: Associate Attorney, Sandler, Greenblum, & Bernstein, Arlington, VA

Preparation and prosecution of Patent Applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and throughout the world. Redrafting and revision of foreign filed applications in preparation for U.S. filing, with or without claim of priority. Preparation and filing of all documents required during pendency and after allowance of patent application. Counseling of clients with regard to patent validity, infringement, and strategies for prosecution in view of possible subsequent litigation. Counseling of clients with regard to assignment and licensing issues. Areas of Practice: Electromechanical Devices including Cameras, Printing Devices, and Software related to the same, Biomedical Devices and Processes.

1984-1991: Primary Patent Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Arlington, VA

Determined patentability of inventions through analysis of patent applications. Conducted searches of prior art against the invention claimed. Determined legal sufficiency of all documents generated during prosecution of an application. Drafted legal briefs for the Board of Appeals. Areas of expertise: Surgical Implants, Class 623. Rehabilitation Equipment, Exercise Equipment, Ink Compositions, Biological Coatings.


California State Bar
Virginia State Bar
American Intellectual Property Law Association


Registered Patent Agent


George Mason University School of Law, Arlington VA, Juris Doctor, May 1990

Top 25% of Class, Area of Concentration: Intellectual Property (Patent Trademark, Copyright, and Unfair Trade Law)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, M.S. Biomedical Engineering, May 1984

Area of Concentration: Biomaterials

McMurry College, Abilene, TX, B.S. Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Minor in Chemistry, December 1980

Alan W. Cannon, Attorney At Law
1999 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 700 Campbell, CA 95008
Telephone: (408) 736-3554 • Facsimile: (408) 736-3564 • Email: alan@acannonlaw.com

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