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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

Jacek Wnuk provides a wide range of strategic intellectual property counseling services for clients ranging from small startups to Fortune 100 companies. Jacek helps clients identify patentable inventions through in-depth sessions with inventors, building strong patent portfolios by drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the United States and abroad, protecting valuable trade secrets, securing intellectual property licenses, and understanding competitive landscapes through freedom to operate and due diligence analyses.

Before becoming a lawyer, Jacek helped engineer early-stage autonomous vehicle technologies under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge. Jacek has significant experience counseling clients on achieving and maintaining patent protection for these and other complex technologies, including:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and neural networks (NN)
  • 3G, 4G LTE, and 5G NR cellular telephone network systems and compatible devices
  • Cryptography, network security, virtual machines, and firewalls
  • Image sensors, optics, autofocus, autoexposure, and image signal processing
  • Microphones, speakers, active noise cancellation, and audio signal processing 
  • Computer vision, feature detection, pattern recognition, and object tracking
  • Camera, IR, RADAR, and LIDAR calibration and processing for mapping and localization
  • Secure card readers and tamper detection and protection hardware
  • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screens and capacitive touchscreens 
  • Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and other distributed ledger technologies
  • Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)
  • Medical devices with microfluidic systems 
  • Image and video compression codecs
  • Wind turbines and clean energy solutions
  • 3D printing and additive manufacturing techniques
  • Drafted and filed hundreds of provisional and non-provisional utility patent applications through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and internationally through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). 
  • 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). 
  • Overturned rejections through ex parte appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
  • Corrected defective patents by filing and prosecuting reissue patents.
  • Assisted corporate biotechnology client in obtaining exclusive license to a set of patents from a major university. 
  • Conducted in-depth patent mining and mapping sessions with inventors to identify untapped potential and fill in subject matter coverage gaps in client patent portfolios.
  • Performed IP due diligence analyses for clients, including for acquisitions, licensing, 3GPP standard-essential patent (SEP) compliance, and freedom to operate.
  • Provided litigation support for a number of patent infringement disputes, trade secret disputes, and trademark infringement disputes in the U.S. and abroad. 
  • Prosecuted other forms of IP, including trademark applications and design patents, under the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).
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Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco
October 20, 2020
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Presenter, Bar Association of San Francisco
July 16, 2019
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Presenter, Bar Association of San Francisco
May 10, 2018
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National Law Review – also in 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 Pt. II
National Law Review – also in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie IP blog
November, 2015
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Software Patents: History and Strategies Pt. I
National Law Review– also in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie IP blog
November, 2015
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Contributor, 35 Cardozo L. Rev. 931
2014
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Contributor, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 523
2013
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Contributor, 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1751
2013