Job Title: Patent Attorney/formerly VP
Company: Withrow & Terranova
Donald is an expert intellectual property (IP) professional with over two decades of experience in IP law and has held various leadership positions in the field. Starting his career as a Patent Examiner at the USPTO, Donald examined patent applications in the areas of computer software and databases. Donald then entered private practice and worked at national IP boutiques. Donald directed several teams of associates in drafting and prosecution patent applications as well as providing clients with strategic advice.
After practicing law for several years, Donald joined Qualcomm, Inc. as Patent Counsel, where he was responsible for IP in semiconductor and analog RF technologies. Donald then became a Senior IP Counsel at Johnson Controls, where he lead the IP prosecution and counseling for four business units.
Donald then transitioned to a leadership role as VP of Intellectual Property at Hyperloop Technologies (formerly Virgin Hyperloop), driving the IP strategy and growing the company’s portfolio from 7 patents to over fifty patents and over 200 pending applications worldwide within 3 years. In addition, Donald served as VP of program management and product management.
Today, Donald is now of-counsel at the law firm of Withrow & Terranova where he focuses on patent prosecution and client counseling.
Donald has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a J.D. from George Mason University, School of Law. He is admitted in CA and DC and a registered patent attorney with the USPTO. Prior to his legal career, Donald served as an officer onboard a nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy.