Our Goal

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.

Our Story

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.

Our Team

Erol Basol


Erol Basol focuses his practice on all aspects of patent prosecution and counseling. Erol has experience in many patent-focused areas, including: drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the electrical, mechanical, and software arts; USPTO post-grant proceedings including inter partes review and reexaminations; patent portfolio management and strategy; and IP strategy evaluation, formulation, and fortification. Erol has particular experience successfully navigating subject matter eligibility challenges at the USPTO—in areas such as algorithms and software—and his practice includes developing strategies and prosecuting patent applications in cross-over fields where software meets other arts, such as business, energy, genomics, and others. Other areas that Erol has experience in include autonomous vehicles, computer vision, chemistry, drones, computer/device hardware and software, gaming, materials, memory, networks, semiconductor fabrication, solar, user interfaces and 3D printing.

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.

Phone: 213-408-0792
Email: ebasol@kuba-law.com

Jonathan Statman


Jonathan Statman has leveraged his extensive training in analog and digital circuits at Caltech and UCLA to effectively help his clients secure and protect their patent rights and develop their patent portfolios. He has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the United States and internationally, where he represents clients involved in a variety of electronics, software and mechanical technologies. He also has broad experience with practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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
Spring 2015

Comparing Subject Matter Eligibility in the USPTO and EPO
LAIPLA’s 2018 Washington In the West Conference

Phone: 213-408-0794
Email: jstatman@kuba-law.com

Madison Hunkele

Senior Associate

Madison Hunkele focuses her practice on all aspects of patent prosecution and counseling, including preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications. Madison has experience in the electrical, mechanical, and software arts, including mobile devices, wireless communication circuits, digital analog circuits, computer software, and rail transportation.

Prior to joining the firm, Madison worked for two boutique IP firms. Prior to that, Madison gained industry experience working as an engineer for a rail component of a global conglomerate and for a railway and urban transport high technology company. Her work included acting as lead RAM (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability) and/or Safety engineer for multiple projects, and managing RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety) and &V (Verification and Validation) tasks, working with on-board systems, wayside systems and office systems including cab signaling systems, positive train control (PTC) systems, and Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) systems.

Madison received her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Pittsburgh, and her B.S. in Mathematics and minor in Computer Science from Carlow University. Madison is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and is registered to practice before the USPTO.

Phone: 213-462-2622
Email: mhunkele@kuba-law.com

Glenn Kubota


Glenn Kubota is a co-founder of K&B and brings over 12 years of expertise as a BigLaw partner and over 22 years of patent prosecution experience to K&B. Glenn specializes in patent prosecution, client counseling and due diligence for high-technology clients, including one of the world's most respected and innovative consumer electronics companies. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Glenn was an electrical engineer and technical supervisor in the aerospace, defense, and space industry. He has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master's degree in Computer Engineering, and a law degree from Loyola Law School.

Phone: 213-408-0791
Email: gkubota@kuba-law.com

Avery Johnson

Patent Agent

Avery’s practice includes patent drafting and patent prosecution. He has experience in the electrical, mechanical, and software arts. Specifically, he has experience with drafting and prosecution patent applications related to software, integrated circuit devices, memory, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), augmented reality / virtual reality (AR / VR) systems, industrial controls and automation, medical devices, insurance, imaging systems, and consumer devices. Prior to joining the firm, Avery worked for a midsized Intellectual Property firm located in Houston, TX.

Avery received his Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Rice University in Houston, TX. At Rice, his research included investigating the utility of Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) for increasing security for Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Avery is also a Master of Arts (MA) degree candidate in Theology and Mission at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission, and Culture in Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana. He will be graduating from the MA program in December 2021.

Avery is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Phone: 213-462-2617
Email: ajohnson@kuba-law.com

Samuel Guerra

Patent Agent

Samuel Guerra is a Patent Agent at Kubota & Basol LLP and joined the firm from CIONCA IP Law P.C., where he aided companies and inventors in protecting their technologies across a wide range of electrical, optical, software, and mechanical arts, including fiber optic communications and integrated silicon photonics technologies. Samuel has experience in patent application drafting, responding to office actions, and conducting patentability analyses.

Samuel received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Physics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. As part of his studies, Samuel designed, built, and tested a digital dermatoscope adapted for the inspection, imaging, and tracking of lesions and similar skin conditions for assistance in the detection of skin cancers. Outside of his studies, Samuel volunteered for the Cal Poly Rose Float organization, which is responsible for the design, preparation, and construction of Cal Poly’s float-entry in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association’s annual Rose Parade. As a team member in the electronics department for two years, Samuel assisted in various projects related to the transportation and movement of float subparts, such as soldering the connections of LEDs, motors and internal fans, and the wiring and testing of programmable controllers.

Samuel is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Phone: 213-462-2614
Email: sguerra@kuba-law.com

Sarah Stevens

Patent Agent

Sarah Stevens is a patent agent whose practice focuses on prosecuting U.S. and non-U.S. patent applications in a broad array of technologies, including consumer electronics hardware, mobile and non-mobile user interfaces, automotive accessories, autonomous vehicles, and engine parts. Ms. Stevens regularly prepares new applications, responds to office actions, and handles appeals at the U.S. Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB). She also has experience analyzing portfolios for corporate due diligence projects and conducting freedom-to-operate and patentability analyses for technology companies.

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.

Phone: 213-408-0796
Email: sstevens@kuba-law.com

Calvin Choy

Technical Analyst

Calvin Choy is a Technical Analyst at Kubota & Basol LLP with a background in radio frequency electronics and software engineering. In his previous work as a product and test engineer at Broadcom, he worked primarily on characterization and design of mobile handset front-end modules, and obtained experience on all aspects of semiconductor back-end processing and testing. Calvin ensured smooth production ramps of products that were later designed into flagship products of global smartphone leaders. Calvin also has experience with writing test instrumentation software and building data pipelines for statistical analyses. In previous roles at small startups, he developed automated web tests for over-the-air TV applications.

Calvin received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Phone: 213-462-2612
Email: cchoy@kuba-law.com

Vineet Dixit

Patent Agent

Vineet Dixit is a Patent Agent at Kubota and Basol, LLP, and joined the firm after practicing patent drafting and prosecution for a number of years in Arizona. In the context of various technical disciplines and endeavors, Vineet has observed and participated in multiple lifecycles of a patent application from preliminary inventor disclosures and brainstorming, to drafting and prosecuting applications. In particular, Vineet has demonstrated competence in handling subject matter and patent prosecution relating to antennas, analog/digital circuitry, circuit design and synthesis tools, signal processing, wireless communication, optical sensors and devices, reconfigurable computing platforms, power conservation and delivery techniques, memory/database management systems, cloud services, secure mobile applications, and insurance underwriting tools, as well as foreign prosecution of the same.

Vineet received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona, graduating with distinction. As part of his studies, Vineet was exposed to the study of ancient philosophies, whose rhetorical nuances and ethics continue to inform and influence his current work, outside of the technical domains of engineering and mathematics. Outside his studies, Vineet has research experience in optimizing conventional processor-based image compression routines for execution on a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) development platform, as well as experience publishing research related to programmatic modeling of human game-playing behavior.

Vineet is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Phone: 213-462-2615
Email: vdixit@kuba-law.com