THE LAW OFFICES OF
BEVER, HOFFMAN & HARMS, LLP

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Silicon Valley Office:

901 Campisi Way, Suite 370

Campbell, CA  95008-2349

Telephone: (408) 451-5900

Facsimile: (408) 451-5908

Tri-Valley Office:

1730 Holmes Street., Building B

Livermore, CA  94550-6006

Telephone: (925) 371-8186

Facsimile: (925) 371-8187

 

 

 

MISSION (back to top)
The mission of Bever, Hoffman & Harms (The Firm) is to provide high quality, timely legal services.

 

LEGAL SPECIALTY: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) PROTECTION

• Patents (Preparation, Prosecution, counseling)

• Opinions (validity, infringement)

• Pre-litigation Counseling and Litigation Support

• Non-disclosure Agreements 

 

AREAS OF TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

• Digital & Analog Circuits 

• Microprocessors, Memories, FPGA’s

• Semiconductor Fabrication

• Semiconductor Fabrication Equipment

• Networking

• Lithography

• Network Switches • Semiconductor Devices/Processing

• Computer Systems

• Electronic Design Automation

• Optics

• Lithography
• Solar Energy • Wireless Networking
• 3-D Imaging • IC Packaging

 

FIRM HISTORY (back to top)
The Firm was formed by Patrick Bever and Eric Hoffman in 1997.  Jeanette Harms joined the Firm in 1999.  In 2001, the Firm opened its second office in Livermore, CA.  In 2009, the Firm established its main office in Campbell, CA.

 

MEMBERS OF THE FIRM (back to top)

PATRICK T. BEVER  
Admitted to bar, California (1990)
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1989)

Education: San Jose State University (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1987)
  Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 1990)

Professional Experience: Pat, the managing partner of the Firm, has experience in drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, preparing non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and providing litigation support.  Pat has experience in the following technology areas: solar energy, computer architectures, flat screen displays, semiconductor memories, field programmable gate arrays and other programmable logic devices, communications systems and protocols, analog and digital circuits, semiconductor fabrication, semiconductor packaging, disk drives, electro-mechanical devices, image sensors, optical systems, fiber optic devices, laser diodes, ink jet printers, medical devices, software, silicon micro-machines, and materials science, among other areas.   Before becoming a patent attorney, Pat worked at General Electric’s Nuclear Power Division in San Jose, CA.

Associations: Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA)




E. ERIC HOFFMAN
ehoffman@beverlaw.com
Admitted to bar, California (1992)
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1994)
Registered Professional Electrical Engineer, State of California (1989)
Education: Michigan Technological University (B.S. Electrical Engineering, High Honors, 1986)
  Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1992)

Professional Experience:  Eric, a partner of the Firm, has experience in drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, preparing non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and providing litigation support.  Eric has experience in the following areas of technology: analog and digital circuits, network switches, computer architectures, semiconductor processing, semiconductor devices, Internet routers, lasers, control systems, hard disk drives, field programmable gate arrays, silicon micro-machines, digital signal processing, communication systems, caller ID, modems, fiber-to-the-curb, telephone switches, flat panel displays, CMOS image sensors, materials, software, memories, smart cards, computer peripherals, FIFOs, microscopes, three-phase filters and general mechanical devices.  Before becoming a patent attorney, Eric worked at Pacific Gas and Electric Company as an electrical engineer providing technical analyses of electrical transmission operating problems.

 Associations:  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)




JEANETTE S. HARMS
jharms@beverlaw.com
Admitted to bar, California (1990)
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1991)
Education: University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign (B.S. General Engineering, 1984)
  University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign (J.D., 1990)

Professional Experience:  Jeanette, a partner of the Firm, has experience in drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, managing patent portfolios, designing and implementing IP training programs, preparing non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and reviewing non-disclosure agreements.  Jeanette has experience in the following technology areas: electronic design automation (EDA), message networks, wireless networks, analog and digital circuits, field programmable gate arrays, complex programmable logic devices, memories, wafer scale integration, semiconductor packaging and processing, semiconductor fabrication equipment, and 3-D imaging.  Before joining the Firm, Jeanette worked in the engineering division at AT&T Communications, specializing in fiber optics.  Jeanette also worked in-house in the legal department of Xilinx, Inc. as their Director of Intellectual Property.




SUPPORT STAFF
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The Firm employs an exceptional, full-time support staff of three individuals whose combined experience totals over 48 years of patent-related work. The support staff is experienced in the following docketing programs:  PC Master, IP Manager, FoundationIP, Lecorpio, and Anaqua.  

 

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