Our roots are in BigLaw, but we are not BigLaw. Kubota & Basol LLP (K&B) was formed to be distinctly different — free of the rigid cost structures and financial performance-focused expectations and competition that drive many law firms to seek the top of every measurable performance statistic, at the expense of their clients. We provide highest-quality patent legal services with the agility and flexibility to sustainably meet your patent needs into the future.
Challenges with Patents
The value of patents and other forms of intellectual property (IP) can be difficult to quantify. Patents, for example, can be accumulated for defensive purposes, asserted against competitors to preserve market share, licensed or sold. However, because the value of patents may not be immediately quantifiable and may be slow to materialize, technology companies must often weigh the prospective benefit of patents against the current cost of obtaining those assets. Accordingly, today’s technology companies are increasingly looking for sustainable patent legal services that larger law firms cannot provide. That is where we come in.
All of the founding patent attorneys and patent agents at K&B formerly worked in BigLaw, specializing in patent law. We have top-notch technical and legal credentials. Our practitioners attended schools such as Berkeley, Harvey Mudd, UCLA, USC and Caltech, and all of our founding patent attorneys have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering in addition to their law degrees. We were recruited and hired by BigLaw, and have excelled under the demands of clients who seek out top practitioners for their most important patent work. We have handled—and continue to handle—a large volume of patent matters for numerous clients, including patent matters for one of the largest, most innovative technology companies in the world.
Our team has decades of combined patent law experience, with skills that have been sharpened through years of handling many thousands of patent matters. We bring those same skills to K&B, where we continue to produce the finest work product at a law firm that is accessible to a larger pool of clients.
Prior to co-founding the firm, Erol was Of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster where he worked for seven years. Prior to that, he worked as an engineer in the semiconductor processing industry, and as a Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) consultant. He also served as an extern for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Erol earned his J.D. at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, where he was an articles editor of the UCLA Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) and elected to the Order of the Coif. He earned his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where his research focused on semiconductor device design and fabrication, and his B.A. in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Erol is a Director with the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA). He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is fluent in Turkish.
Ms. Stevens received her B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College, graduating with distinction. As part of her studies, Ms. Stevens designed and debugged analog electronic systems, designed and built an electronic sensor package for a rocket, and completed coding projects in languages including C++, Matlab, Python, and Java. Ms. Stevens also has experience in user interface design and development, including front-end web design and development and mobile application design.
Ms. Stevens is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
In particular, Mr. Statman has experience with analog and digital circuits, programmable logic devices and field programmable gate arrays, memory systems, autonomous driving software and sensors, drones, touch sensors, proximity sensors, force sensors, human-machine interfaces, user interfaces, touch screens, display screens, input devices, signal processing algorithms, image processing, audio processing, medical sensors, and information systems.
Mr. Statman has drafted and/or prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and foreign applications directed to touch screens, sensors and user interfaces. He has worked closely with clients in developing patent focused strategies and managing complex patent portfolios.
Mr. Statman’s inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant practice includes in-depth legal research, data analytics, prior art analysis, working with experts, and drafting briefing. By way of example, a representative completed post-grant matter is IPR2017-00730, for which Mr. Statman successfully represented patent owner in an IPR that resulted in the USPTO denying the petition to institute the IPR. Mr. Statman also successfully argued a number of ex parte appeals before the USPTO.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Statman worked as a patent attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Additionally, Mr. Statman worked as a hardware engineer designing controllers and peripheral devices for IEEE-1149.1-compatible boundary scan and in-system memory programming.
Mr. Statman is an active member of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) and was a member of The Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. He is also a member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi.
Mr. Statman received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, his M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.S. magna cum laude in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Statman is admitted to practice in California and is registered to practice before the USPTO.
Gaming the System: Invalidating Patents in Reexamination After Final Judgments In Litigation
UCLA Journal of Law & Technology
Comparing Subject Matter Eligibility in the USPTO and EPO
LAIPLA’s 2018 Washington In the West Conference
Before law school, Ryan worked as an ASIC Design Engineer for NVIDIA Corp., where his projects ranged from RTL design, synthesis, floorplanning, bringup and characterization. He also led a team of engineers to develop an automation tool to automate the development of POR variants from master chip designs. Before that, Ryan worked as a researcher in the mission assurance group for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Ryan earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he graduated top 10 in his class, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and received the Masin Family Excellence Gold Award for the highest performance in an intensive patent course by now-USPTO Director Andrei Iancu. Ryan earned his M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he specialized in digital logic design and semiconductor fabrication.
Before becoming an attorney, Ryan served as a judicial extern in the patent pilot program for the Central District of California, performing work for Judges Guilford, Kronstadt, O’Connell, Otero, and Wu. Ryan’s work ranged from providing technical support to performing legal research and recommending rulings for a number of patent litigation cases.