Richard Bennett Salles, Managing Partner
As managing partner of Foundation Patents, I’m a registered patent attorney who helps creative people realize their dreams. My first love is working with inventors to craft their innovations into effective patents. I focus on comprehensive specifications, illustrative figures and broad claims that capture the genius of an invention while covering all conceivable embodiments. I enjoy the back-and-forth process of figure and claim drafting with my clients, and I make a point of always being available to help ease the process from idea to issued patent.
I received my Bachelor’s at Princeton University and completed my physics course work at San Francisco State University. I received my J.D. with Honors from the University of Oregon School of Law. At Oregon, I received a Certificate in Intellectual Property for my course work in patent infringement.
In patent prosecution, I focus on mechanical apparatus devices, chemical compositions and computer-implemented method patents. I represent businesses in patent litigation matters, copyright, trademark and trade secret infringement suits in both state and federal courts throughout California. I perform U.S. and international trademark registrations, conduct trademark searches and draft freedom-to-operate opinions. I counsel and prosecute U.S. patent and trademark applications for scientists, inventors, business people, artists and designers of all types.
William Stewart, Of Counsel
William Stewart is a patent attorney who brings a depth of experience and discernment to his practice from 18 years in software engineering, sales and management at IBM. William completed his B.S. in Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University and his J.D. from John F. Kennedy University School of Law.
He is an experienced litigator, having practiced in intellectual property and complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis on patents and licensing. William has also successfully performed leading motion practice, depositions, and negotiations in state and federal court.
William works with technology and consumer goods companies to resolve intellectual property disputes, always keeping his clients’ business objectives in mind. He has handled patent appeal matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (pro hac vice) and numerous intellectual property matters in federal district court.
Prior to law career, William Stewart spent 18 years at IBM. As lead software engineer, he earned a CEO Corporate Technical Achievement Award for the design of an artificial intelligence system. William drove business development across the entire IBM software portfolio in a cross-industry, Fortune 100 territory and, in that role, was named Top Sales Manager in the Americas. Finally, William led a team of 12 senior architects, supporting IBM’s largest customers in the West.
Herb Lacey is a dual-degree USPTO-registered Patent Agent with a superlative track record of successful “hands on” claim drafting and patent prosecution experience. Herb received his Masters Degree in Computer Science at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, at North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Herb’s experience comprises almost four years of patent preparation and prosecution, including both software network functionality method inventions and electrical hardware inventions. Herb has successfully patented computer-implemented inventions which faced initial 35 USC §101 Bilski–Alice rejections by delicately tailoring the Claims, and by positively working with USPTO Patent Examiners, to highlight the novel points of the inventions until the USPTO allowed and granted the patents.
Simon Linder is a USPTO-registered patent agent specializing in patent prosecution. He earned his Bachelors of Science in M.E. from Northwestern University. At his personal website slinder42.wordpress.com, you can review Simon’s articles on Apple v. Samsung and other i.p. matters. Simon is from Silicon Valley and has significant c.s. project manager experience. Simon has additional degrees and certifications in information systems and in network security and cryptography.
Jonathan received his J.D. at Rutgers University and received his Bachelors in Economics and Philosophy at U.C Davis. He has worked as an i.p. analyst at Thomson Reuters and as an associate at Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck in San Jose. In addition to possessing superior research, writing and court advocacy skills, Jonathan is knowledgeable in SEO Optimization and in digital marketing programming languages. Jonathan is also fluent in conversational Cantonese and volunteers for the Chinatown Development Corporation.