Desmond O’Sullivan is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Diego office.
Mr. O’Sullivan assists clients in procuring patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), litigating patents before U.S. district courts, defending and attacking patents before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, and evaluating patents and other intellectual property in corporate transactions. Mr. O’Sullivan’s experience in various intellectual property disciplines brings additional value to his clients.
Mr. O’Sullivan’s patent procurement practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for multinational, domestic, and startup companies. Mr. O’Sullivan’s prosecution practice has covered methods and systems directed to medical devices; telecommunications; alternative energy; aviation; engines; consumer electronics; algorithms for data management, and security; marine transport; exercise equipment; and wear-resistant structures for high-wear applications.
Mr. O’Sullivan’s patent litigation practice includes representing multinational and U.S.-based companies in litigation and arbitration matters. Mr. O’Sullivan has created offensive and defensive strategies for intellectual property related to antennas, telecommunications, laser systems, semiconductors, codecs, and medical devices.
Using his litigation and prosecution experience, Mr. O’Sullivan regularly participates in adversarial proceedings at the PTO. Mr. O’Sullivan has represented patent owners and patent challengers in inter partes reviews, ex parte reexaminations, and interferences. He regularly counsels clients when choosing adversarial proceedings in the PTO to complement co-pending litigation strategies.
Mr. O’Sullivan is a member of the San Diego Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, and currently serves as its Treasurer.
Mr. O’Sullivan received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, where he was an articles editor for the Hastings Law Journal and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker of the Northern District of California. As an extern to Chief Judge Walker, Mr. O’Sullivan assisted the court with patent claim construction and in fulfilling duties as a designated member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. O’Sullivan received his B.Sc. in mathematics and applied mathematics from University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. He received his M.S.E. in engineering sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he focused on aerospace and mechanical engineering.
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