Our team has experience in the exciting areas of software
and complex systems, including security and privacy, networking
and protocols (e.g. voice-over-IP, wireless), client-server
and peer-to-peer systems, next generation search engines,
process simulation technologies, multi-media and streaming
applications, digital rights management, EDA tools, financial
modeling, GRID-related systems, CRM, and a host of other
areas. Special attention is paid to formulating inventions
in line with our clients' business models as well as in
anticipation of their competitive activities and future
The firm's software practice comprises legal practitioners
with advanced degrees in computer science, mathematics and
* Representative Software Clients:
Northwestern University, UCLA, Stanford University, CSSI,
Aprio Technologies, Arcadia Design Systems, Maxager Technology,
LinkPeople, Solidcore Systems, Blendtech, Netcentives, Monterey
The Software Team
Behfar Bastani works on software intellectual property prosecution and strategies for startups. He is a registered patent agent, holds a BA in computer science from UC Berkeley and an MA in computer science from the University of Chicago.
Before joining Fernandez & Associates he was a software developer at Silicon Graphics and prior to that spent five years as a grad student studying theoretical computer science at the University of Chicago, where he also served as lecturer.
Behfar has prosecuted numerous patents in software and algorithms as well as hardware and medical devices, and has provided IP strategy, technology assessment, business plan evaluation and market research for startups. Most recently, he served as the IN-house IP Manager for Solidcore Systems, Inc. in Palo Alto.
Russell Gee earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, San Diego and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles. He has previously worked as a Senior CAD Engineer at Intel Corporation.
Shashank Bhatia recieved his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Since then he has served as an in-house consultant to a Milpitas-based Microsystems startup, conducting prior art search and writing and prosecuting patents. The patents written were related to biometrics and fingerprint image sensors.