Mr. Staniford's practice encompasses patent preparation and prosecution, infringement and validity analysis including the preparation of formal opinions, and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Staniford also specializes in counseling emerging growth companies with respect to IP portfolio development and management. Mr. Staniford has extensive experience in a wide range of technologies in the electrical engineering field, including: analog and digital circuits, microprocessors, data compression, audio/video codecs, semiconductor fabrication, networks and transmission technology, medical devices, and nuclear assay systems. Mr. Staniford started his legal career at Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman working for clients such as Intel, Apple, and Sun Microsystems. His current representative clients include AMD, Dolby Laboratories, Horton Works, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, along with a number of high-tech startups.
Mr. Staniford's litigation experience includes successfully defending claims of copyright and patent infringement brought by a Fortune 500 company against a small client in the field of tape backup software. He has also prevailed in a summary judgment claim against an infringement action brought against a client in the field of Internet Protocol network devices. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Staniford worked as an electrical engineer and product manager in the aerospace and defense industry, specializing in assembly language programming and porting real-time operating systems to high performance, single-board computers in the VMEbus industry. Mr. Staniford attended the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Applied Mathematics and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from California State Polytechnic Univeristy, Pomona in 1989. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1996. Mr. Staniford has written about University-Industry technology transfers and has presented on the topic at an academic conference in Nagoya, Japan. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.