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  • Education
    • J.D., Loyola Law School-Los Angeles, 2013, Intellectual Property Concentration; Giles Rich Patent Moot Court
    • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2010, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • California, 2014
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2014
When collaborating with clients to craft legal strategies, Jacek Wnuk draws upon a rich history as a former practicing electrical engineer and computer scientist. Prior to entering into legal practice, he worked on some of the first self-driving car technologies in 2007 under UC Berkeley and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He now brings his technical and legal expertise together to help clients manage and monetize their inventions and ideas. 

Jacek’s background allows him to see things from the client’s perspective and provide strategic legal protections from issues that could threaten an organization’s ability to compete and achieve its business goals. Jacek has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of utility patent applications in a number of high-tech fields under the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), internationally under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and abroad in a number of countries in Europe and Asia. He has broad experience representing clients in a wide range of matters, including: 
  • Patent drafting and prosecution
  • Intellectual property litigation support 
  • Intellectual property portfolio management 
  • Intellectual property licensing agreements 
  • Patent validity analysis
  • Freedom to operate analysis
  • Competitive intelligence 
Jacek understands that time is valuable, and foregoes the “legalese” whenever possible to ensure that clients fully understand their options. His technical areas of experience include: 
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning 
  • Cellular telephone network systems 
  • Software-defined network systems 
  • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technologies 
  • Audio speaker devices 
  • Microphone input control and manipulation 
  • Network security and firewall systems 
  • Data encryption, storage, and secure erasure 
  • Virtual machine usage in networks 
  • Turbine-based clean energy generation 
  • Wearable medical devices and interfaces 
  • 3D printing and additive manufacturing 
  • Microfluidic devices 
  • Program compilers and interpreters
  • Drafted and filed hundreds of non-provisional utility patent applications internationally under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and domestically under the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). 
  • Prosecuted hundreds of non-provisional utility patent applications internationally under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and nationally in the United States (USPTO), Europe (EPO), Canada (CIPO), China (SIPO), India (IPO), and Germany (DPMA). 
  • Successfully appealed an obvious rejection (35 U.S.C. §103) before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) resulting in issuance of the non-provisional utility patent application at issue, which claimed systems and methods for multiple microphone switching and configuration for noise and echo cancellation. 
  • Counseled corporate client regarding exclusive licensing agreement with a major university for the subject matter of a biotechnology-related patent application. 
  • Counseled numerous clients regarding patentability of various technologies and freedom to operate in a particular technological space. 
  • Provided litigation support for a number of patent infringement disputes in the United States. 
  • Provided litigation support for a number of trademark infringement disputes in the United States, China, Brazil, Malaysia, and New Zealand. 
  • Prosecuted numerous trademark applications under the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).
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Polsinelli on Drones & Advanced Robotics Blog
July 21, 2017
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Polsinelli on Drones & Advanced Robotics Blog
February 10, 2017
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Software Patents: History and Strategies
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie IP blog – also in National Law Review
November 2015
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The End of an Epithet? An Exploration of the Use of Legal Scholarship in Intellectual Property Decisions
(CONTRIBUTOR)
50 Hous. L. Rev. 523
2013
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Unenforceability
(CONTRIBUTOR)
70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1751
2013
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An Empirical Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Use of Legal Scholarship
(CONTRIBUTOR)
106 Nw. U. L. Rev. 995
2012
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In Memoriam Best Mode
Contributor; 64 Stan. L. Rev. Online 125
2012
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The Pseudo-Elimination of Best Mode: Worst Possible Choice?
(CONTRIBUTOR)
59 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 170
2012