The People of Kubota & Basol LLP

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.

Phone: 213-408-0792

Calvin Choy

Patent Agent

Calvin Choy is a Patent Agent 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

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

Rahjima Francia

Patent Agent

Rahjima Francia is a former software engineer with experience in U.S. and international patent prosecution, patent application preparation, and patent portfolio strategy. Prior to joining K&B, Rahjima was a patent agent at an international global law firm, where she gained extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in subject matter areas such as computer software, machine learning, mobile applications, telecommunications, encryption, and authentication. Rahjima has also been recognized for her pro bono work and commitment to providing pro bono assistance to indigent inventors.

Prior to becoming a patent agent, Rahjima was an IT systems analyst at one of the largest investment management companies. Her experience focused on providing strategic direction for deadline-sensitive projects in a highly regulated industry. Prior to becoming an IT systems analyst, Rahjima worked as a software engineer implementing financial systems technology. Rahjima has a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics from Jacksonville State University. Rahjima is registered to practice before the USPTO.

Phone: 213-462-2618

Twinkle Tharwala

Patent Agent

Twinkle is experienced in patent drafting, prosecution, and clearance studies. Her areas of technical expertise include cloud-based software, electronic displays, wireless communication, medical devices, imaging systems, control and automation systems, and a wide variety of other electrical and mechanical arts.

She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Business. During her time at UT, Twinkle worked in a microfluidics research lab, creating lab-on-a-chip devices. She also participated in a biomaterials internship related to 3D bioprinting human lungs. Prior to joining Kubota and Basol LLP, she worked in intellectual property law in Houston, TX.

In her free time, Twinkle enjoys swimming, hiking, and visiting museums.

Phone: 213-297-1178

Glenn Kubota

Senior Partner

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

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

Kian Madani

Technical Analyst

Kian is a former patent engineer with experience in patent searching. He has exposure to many fields from software development to medical devices and integrated circuit design. During his college career, Kian embraced an adventurous attitude and explored various engineering and science disciplines while staying active in research and development projects. He was part of a team that designed and built an amplifying glove for rehabilitation of patients suffering from neuromuscular disorders. Yet, he also valued interconnectivity and promotion of opportunity among disadvantaged students, which led to his work on a proposal for expanding Illinois Tech's connectivity to local institutions such as the South Side Chicago Public Schools using an online digital curriculum pilot trial at the Change@illinoistech initiative.

Kian is an alumni of Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, and a minor in Pre-Medical Studies.

Phone: 213-462-2619

Jennifer White

Patent Agent

Jennifer White is a patent agent at Kubota & Basol. She has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications across a wide range of technologies, including smartphone user interfaces, semiconductor memory devices, wireless telecommunication protocols, and computer-animation rendering algorithms. She has contributed to claim charts for identification of standards-essential patents and to claim construction analyses for post-grant proceedings.

Before becoming a patent agent, Jennifer worked as an engineering writer and analyst. She wrote multiple successful research proposals for engineering researchers from small startups and large universities, winning grants ranging from tens of thousands of dollars to nearly $30M. She has written and edited dozens of technical articles related to digital signal processors, and her master’s thesis on control systems for platoons of autonomous vehicles was published in a peer-reviewed journal. She has also worked as a digital hardware engineer, helping to design avionics boards for the F-22 “Raptor.”

Jennifer received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from UCLA. She is registered to practice before the USPTO.

Phone: 213-297-1410

Drew DeRubeis

Patent Agent

Drew DeRubeis is a patent agent with experience in patent prosecution and patent portfolio management. Prior to joining Kubota & Basol, Drew worked in-house managing a patent portfolio for a passenger car manufacturer and led all North American patent prosecution activities for a commercial vehicle manufacturer. Drew has worked with inventors on a variety of automotive technologies, including electric and ICE powertrain systems, high voltage batteries, battery charging systems, aerodynamics, aftertreatment systems and mechanical technologies. Drew has experience developing strategy for patent portfolio development and working collaboratively with business partners and stakeholders. He also has experience in freedom to operate analysis and developing IP related terms in a variety of commercial agreements.

Drew received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Law & Technology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Based in Portland, Oregon, Drew is the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Patent Law Association. Drew is registered to practice before the USPTO.
Phone: 213-462-2611

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

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

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

Reborn Van


Reborn (RB) Van is a patent attorney with a background in mechanical and electrical engineering. Prior to joining Kubota and Basol LLP, RB practiced patent law at a patent boutique firm in the Silicon Valley area; he focused his practice on writing and prosecuting patents before the USPTO and foreign jurisdictions. RB aided companies across a wide range of technology areas such as software technologies, video game technologies, internet technologies, social networking applications, semiconductor manufacturing, electronics, and mechanical devices.

Prior to becoming a patent attorney, RB was in the engineering industry where he was a lead mechanical engineer at multinational corporation in the aerospace and military defense industry. His engineering experience includes design, analysis, and manufacturing in various aerospace programs such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 777, and McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle.

RB received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, his B.S. in Mechanical and Materials Engineering from UC Irvine, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. RB is admitted to practice in Washington State and is registered to practice before the USPTO.

Phone: 213-297-1172

Kelly Liang

Patent Agent

Kelly is a former mechanical engineer with experience in U.S. patent prosecution and patent application preparation. Prior to joining K&B, Kelly was a technical specialist at a boutique patent law firm where she gained extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in subject matter areas such as electric vehicles, mechanical devices, manufacturing processes, machine learning, encryption and authentication, and blockchain.

Prior to becoming a technical specialist, Kelly was an systems engineer at a major defense company working on defining and verifying requirements for a new satellite program. Kelly also worked as a stress analysis intern for said company, analyzing additive manufactured parts. Kelly has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mechanical Design from Rice University. In her free time, Kelly enjoys climbing, backpacking, and skiing.