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  • Education
    • J.D., Loyola Law School-Los Angeles, 2004, Chief Production Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
    • M.S., University of Southern California, 1999, Hughes Space and Communications Fellowship
    • B.S., California State University-Long Beach, 1994, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society; General Dynamics Scholarship 
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • California
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Cynthia Dixon’s practice focuses on providing counsel on electrical engineering and computer science patent prosecution matters. She is experienced in supervising and prosecuting applications for patents, domestically and in foreign jurisdictions, for inventions, including:

  • Communication systems
  • Satellite design
  • Signal processing
  • Antenna design
  • Electromagnetic devices
  • Semiconductor design
  • Circuit design
  • Computer algorithms
  • Software
  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Electrical devices
  • Optical devices
  • Mechanical devices
  • Photovoltaic devices
  • Biomedical devices
  • Internet design
  • Business methods
  • Manufacturing methods
  • Electronic Commerce Systems

Cynthia has prepared opinions of counsel regarding patent invalidity, freedom to operate, and non-infringement. She is experienced in due diligence of patent and trademark portfolios for acquisitions. In addition, she has experience in intellectual property litigation, including:

  • Patent infringement (both utility and design patents)
  • Copyright infringement
  • Trade secret
  • Trade dress

Cynthia is also knowledgeable in supervising and prosecuting applications for trademarks, domestically and in foreign jurisdictions.

Prior to attending law school, Cynthia was an electrical engineer with a defense and aerospace company where she gained technical experience serving as:

  • Lead payload systems engineer for NASA satellite TDRS J
  • Lead systems engineer for the Multiple-Access Array Antenna for NASA satellites TDRS H, I, and J
  • Satellite design engineer in the Spacecraft Design Center
  • Flight director at the NASA Ground Station at White Sands, New Mexico 

Cynthia also has a broad range of experience designing antenna subsystems, including both reflector and phased array antennas, for satellites. In addition, Cynthia also previously worked in a radar and microwave department (RAMD) at a nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center. 

Patents and Awards

  • Hughes 1998 Innovation Award for The Reconfigurable Satellite with Modifiable Antenna Coverage and Communications Backup Capabilities Invention
  • Inventor for the U.S. Patent for Omni Directional Antenna (U.S. Patent No. 6,094,175)
  • Inventor for the U.S. Patent for On-Orbit Reconfigurability of a Shaped Reflector with Feed/Reflector Defocusing and Reflector Gimballing (U.S. Patent No. 6,031,502)
  • Inventor for the European Patent for On-Orbit Reconfigurability of a Shaped Reflector with Feed/Reflector Defocusing and Reflector Gimballing (European Patent No. 845833A2)
  • Inventor for the U.S. Patent for The Reconfigurable Satellite with Modifiable Antenna Coverage and Communications Backup Capabilities (U.S. Patent No. 6,438,354)
  • Inventor for the European Patent for The Reconfigurable Satellite with Modifiable Antenna Coverage and Communications Backup Capabilities (European Patent No. 1014598A2)