Trista LaCour

Sr Patent Agent | Palo Alto | (650) 813-5911
(650) 813-5911

Trista LaCour focuses on patent application preparation and patent prosecution and counseling in the technology, automotive, healthcare, and life sciences industries.

Trista’s technical knowledge spans a wide range of technology areas, including deep learning, supervised and unsupervised machine learning, expert systems, natural language processing, computer vision, Web services, cloud and fog computing, Internet-of-Things, autonomous vehicles, fintech including payment systems, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, consumer electronic devices, electronic display architecture design, analog and digital circuit design, semiconductor fabrication, radio frequency, microwave, and millimeter wave networks, augmented and virtual reality, among various other software and hardware technologies.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Trista was a patent agent at a leading global law firm, where she handled all aspects of patent prosecution matters, including drafting patent applications, responding to U.S. and foreign Office Actions, IDS preparation, Notice of Allowance reviews, U.S. and foreign examiner interviews, ex parte pre-appeal and appeal brief preparation, continuing application preparation, prior art searches, Patent Cooperation Treaty filings, Patent Prosecution Highway requests, patent mining, and patentability opinions. She counsels clients, including Fortune 100 companies, mid-size companies, and startups, regarding patent preparation and prosecution strategies, patent portfolio management, and patent landscaping.

Trista earned her B.S. in electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University. She was an undergraduate research scholar at the Power System Automation Laboratory where she researched the impact of large DG sources and smart meters to distribution systems as well as performed synthesis and design for efficient multiple constant multiplier circuits. As an undergraduate, Trista also completed three full-time cooperative tours with Jacobs Engineering, CenterPoint Energy, and LyondellBasell, performing system-level design and testing of power electronic devices and instrumentation for various industrial applications.

Trista is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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