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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.

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.

David Newman

David Newman is an accomplished intellectual property attorney, currently focusing his practice on patent and trademark procurement, branding, licensing and intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution. Drawing upon his technical background and years of experience, David has procured patents for clients in technologies such as big data storage systems, cloud services, artificial intelligence, financial services, encryption, e-commerce, gaming, wireless communications and optoelectronics. 

 

David’s experience extends well beyond patent and trademark procurement. He has previously served as litigation counsel for numerous clients as both plaintiff and defendant in patent and other intellectual property disputes. David leverages his litigation experience to provide clients with meaningful counsel on how they can best procure and use intellectual property. 

 

In his distinguished career, David has been recognized by the American Law Journal and by former USPTO Director, Michelle Lee for his contributions in educating PTAB judges and executives on legal issues that are expected to impact USPTO policies in the coming years. He has previously been honored as an  Illinois Super Lawyer in the areas of Copyright & Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law. David has also authored and co-authored numerous books and publications on patent law and dispute resolution. He is a frequent guest lecturer at DePaul University Kellstadt School of Business, a course instructor for patent claim drafting, and he has been a presenter at numerous World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seminars. He is also Chair and Co-Chair of two ABA alternative dispute resolution committees, as well as an active participant in a standards committee and several other professional organizations. 

 

Prior to joining Mahamedi IP Law LLP, David was the Partner and Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice at Gould & Ratner LLP.  He is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law, J.D., and he earned his B.S. from Ohio State University.

 

David is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.