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Van Mahamedi 

Van has practiced intellectual property law since 1996. His practice includes patent licensing, service agreement preparation, strategic legal counseling, opinion drafting, and assistance with litigation and patent enforcement.

Van focuses on providing intellectual property procurement and counseling to clients at key developmental stages. Typically, the applications that Van writes are for developments that have great significance to his clients, including patent applications that cover new products, and applications that are intended to become a core asset of newly formed companies. A sampling of the technology areas Van has covered includes wireless devices and content, streaming media, home networking, solar energy, semiconductor fabrication techniques, consumer electronics, search engines, optical sensors, high-speed connectors, and telephony devices.

Previously, Van practiced intellectual property law at Hickman Palermo Truong & Becker, and at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. He began his career as patent counsel for Methode Electronics in Chicago.

A graduate of Boston University School of Law, Van earned his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Santa Barbara. Van is admitted to practice in the state of California and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

​​Jon Jonsson 
 

Jon Jonsson joined Mahamedi IP Law in 2013. His practice focuses on all facets of patent procurement and counseling. Jon earned his B.S. in physics from U.C. Santa Cruz, and he is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He received a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce Center for IP, and he was selected as Senior Editor with the University of New Hampshire Law Review. 

Jon is registered to practice before the United Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice law in the state of California.

Diwei Zhang

Diwei joined Mahamedi IP Law as a patent attorney in 2016.  His practice focuses on all facets of patent procurement and counseling.  Prior to joining Mahamedi IP, Diwei worked as an intellectual property litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis.  At Kirkland, Diwei represented leading technology companies in patent infringement disputes involving a wide array of technology areas such as wireless communications, data storage, power converters, computer networking, and virtual private networks.  He was also involved in numerous Inter Partes Review proceedings.  Diwei’s experience at Kirkland also includes pro bono representation of restaurant workers in a federal labor law litigation in the Southern District of New York.  

 

Diwei graduated from New York University School of Law.  He also holds M.S. and B.S. (cum laude) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Diwei is registered to practice before the United Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice law in the state of California.

Susan Kalra

Susan joined Mahamedi IP Law in 2017. She is the firm’s General Counsel. In addition, Susan’s practice focuses on counseling and representing primarily businesses and business owners in a wide range of pre-litigation and litigation matters such as employment disputes, trade secrets, contracts, corporate governance, partnership disputes, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, and copyright infringement. She also provides legal services in non-litigation matters including contract review, preparing contracts, preparing and updating employment-related documents such as employee handbooks and employment/independent contractor agreements, and entity formation and termination. Susan’s clients have owned and operated a variety of businesses such as technology companies, technology services providers, education providers, restaurants, motels, investment companies, and professional photography businesses.

Prior to joining Mahamedi IP Law, Susan began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney. She then worked as a litigation associate at Trial & Technology Law Group in Menlo Park, after which she opened a solo litigation firm. She also worked as a Senior Litigation Docketing Coordinator at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto.

Susan earned her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the state of California, and in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California. Susan is an occasional speaker on docketing, civil procedure, and changes in the law.

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