Kenneth R. Backus, Jr.
Mr. Backus practices in the area of intellectual property procurement, counseling, and licensing. He specializes in patent preparation, prosecution, intellectual property portfolio development, and counseling for clients in the semiconductor, electronic, electrical, computer, and software-related industries. His areas of technical expertise include analog and digital integrated circuits, such as memory and configurable processor architecture technologies, semiconductor technologies, including processing and packaging, computing devices and systems including synthetic environment technologies, such as virtual environments and massively multiplayer online games ("MMOGs"), 3D computer graphics, high dynamic range ("HDR") imaging, software, computer networking, signal processing and telecommunications, data compression, clean/green energy, mechanical, and electrical motor technologies.
He was a senior product engineer at National Semiconductor Corporation, where he managed projects such as developing and introducing into manufacturing COP8™ 8-bit microcontroller OTPs as the first Multi-Chip Packaged device of its kind. He also authored legal and technical articles and presentations, some of which have been published by leading technical organizations such as the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has years of experience supporting complex patent litigation cases, analyzing accused products in the context of intellectual property enforcement, and drafting opinion letters.
Mr. Backus earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, with a concentration in Intellectual Property and was awarded a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with High Honors and was a member of Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) and Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society). Mr. Backus is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court for Northern California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit. He is a registered patent attorney authorized to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Co-Author, Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Petitioners on Behalf of Borland Software Corporation, Bernard L. Bilski and Rand A. Warsaw v. John J. Doll, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director, Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. Supreme Court 2009)
Counseled an online gaming company in developing intellectual property assets, and guided its efforts to secure more than $100 million in private equity investments
Developed key patent assets in the U.S. and foreign markets for a company specializing in clean energy technology, the patent assets being vital to a first round of $10 million in private equity investment
Successfully defended a privately-held telecommunication software company againstthreatened litigation
Provided comprehensive intellectual property services in patent, trademark, and copyright procurement and strategy for numerous startup companies raising venture capital investment ranging up to $100 million in private equity investments in industries ranging from semiconductor design and fabrication, software, telecommunications, entertainment/media, electro-mechanical devices, and gaming