Norman Morales worked as an R&D and product development engineer before launching his legal career. This engineering background and experience strongly influences – and enhances – his ability to work shoulder-to-shoulder with inventors to extract the full scope of their innovations.

    Norman’s technical and industry specialty is in the area of medical instruments, implants and medical device manufacturing methods. His broader experience encompasses the fields of semiconductor processing, printer consumables, waste recycling, and mobile apps.

    Norman’s work extends far beyond patent applications and prosecution. He also puts his knowledge and experience to work in advising clients on patent validity and infringement, freedom-to-operate, due diligence and patent infringement litigation. Norman also advises clients on filing strategies for US and overseas markets, and as part of his client services in that area works with clients in prosecuting their US and foreign inventions from application to patent grant.

    During law school, Norman externed for The Honorable Jeremy Fogel of the US District Court for the Northern District of California (now Director of the Federal Judicial Center).

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    • Advising on patent and IP issues relating to medical instruments, including surgical blades, ablation tools, catheters, endoscopes.
    • Advising on patent and IP issues medical implants, including vascular stents, artificial valves, intraocular lenses.
    • Advising on patent and IP issues medical manufacturing methods, including coatings, inspection, sterilization.
    • Advising on patent and IP issues industrial machinery, including heavy construction, oil drilling, solder handling, grain processing.
    • Advising on patent and IP issues computer-based technology, including electromagnetic therapy, digital imaging, airport security scanning, accelerator control for electric vehicles, graphical user interfaces, website tag management.
    • Advising on patent and IP issues consumer goods, including athletic equipment, household tools.
    • Advising on patent and IP issues ornamental designs, including automobiles, footwear, kitchenware.

    Education

    • Santa Clara University, J.D., technical editor, Santa Clara Law Review, 2004
    • University of California, San Diego, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1990

    Admissions

    • California, 2004
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2005
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