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12544 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, California 92130
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Menlo Park, California 94025

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Noel C. Gillespie


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Noel C. Gillespie is the chair of Procopio’s Medical Technology Practice Group. Mr. Gillespie regularly assists clients with strategic patent portfolio development and implementation so as to protect their technology and help them achieve their business objectives. This process includes developing claim strategies that create market barriers and protect or create revenue streams, as well as preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign Patent Applications. Mr. Gillespie has extensive experience in dealing with telecommunications companies, especially wireless telecommunications companies, wireless health, health IT, medical device companies, clean tech and software/Internet companies. For example, Mr. Gillespie has helped clients build portfolios and protect or build market positions in the areas of wireless sensors for health applications, smart grids, semiconductor memories, lab and chip technology, and energy efficient data storage.

In addition to his extensive legal experience, Mr. Gillespie has also served as Senior Design Engineer and Product Team leader for Sony Digital Telecommunications of America in San Diego, where he was responsible for the comprehensive baseband design for several CDMA handsets that used the latest Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets. He received extensive training in CDMA and wireless communication technology and his design responsibilities fell under the areas of microprocessor circuits, audio circuits, power management circuits, and user interfaces such as keypads and LCDs. Prior to this, he was a Design Engineer and Product Team Leader at Cubic Defense Systems in San Diego, where he was responsible for the design and testing of several portable electronic systems. Mr. Gillespie successfully managed a team of engineers in the completion of Cubic’s Manworn Laser Detection System, which was part of the MILES 2000 product line, an optical communication system. Mr. Gillespie’s design responsibilities on the product included the areas of optical communications, ASICs, microprocessor circuits, user interfaces, and power management. He also served as an expert judge for Forbes 2009 America's Most Promising Companies.
  • JD, University of San Diego School of Law, cum laude
  • BS (Electrical Engineering), San Diego State University
  • The Daily Transcript's Top Attorneys – 2009-2010 (IP Transactional)
Community Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, San Diego Chapter – Clean Tech Sub Group Liaison
  • BIOCOM – Medical Device Group Co-Chair
  • CommNexus – Wireless Healthcare SIG Co-Chair
  • San Diego Volunteer Law Program – HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Volunteer
  • The San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association
  • The State Bar of California

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