Intellectual property law - Bay Area Technology Law Group


Although Mal does not currently practice law, he is associated with the firm as its administrator and as his background confirms, he is well-positioned to do so. Mal graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1968 and the National Law Center of George Washington University in 1972. Mal served as an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) before serving as a law clerk/technical advisor to the Hon. Philip Balwin at the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals in Washington D.C.

Upon completing his clerkship, Mal became associated with Limbach, Limbach and Sutton in 1976 and became a partner at the firm in 1979. In 1990, he left the Limbach firm to begin the Intellectual Property practice at Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May and remained the head of the firm’s IP practice until 2001. Since then, Mal was of counsel to the IP firm of Dergosits & Noah LLP until his forming of the Bay Area Technology Law Group.

Mal has represented a widely diverse client base handling all aspects of intellectual property law. His background has enabled him to provide practical counsel to his clients with emphasis on trademarks, licensing and opinion work.


Bill graduated from Princeton University in 1965 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and from the National Law Center of George Washington University in 1968. Bill has more than 30 years experience as an intellectual property attorney. As lead counsel in matters for US and foreign companies in complex patent infringement and trade secret cases. Bill has expertise in technology such as disk drives, integrated circuits, electronic testing equipment, laser technology, telecommunication devices, and computer graphics.

Bill has argued cases before the courts throughout the United States and has appeared in proceedings before the International Trade Commission. Bill has extensive background in counseling clients on patent enforcement matters, offensive and defensive litigation strategy, settlement negotiations, and patent licensing.

In addition to patent prosecution, Bill’s practice focus includes prelitigation analysis, counseling and management of complex patent infringement cases, and patent portfolio evaluation. Bill also advises clients on programs to maximize value extraction from their intellectual property assets, while minimizing exposure to liabilities.


Nathan received his degree in biochemistry from Harvard University and his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley. He is licensed to practice before the USPTO and has been engaged in intellectual property law since the early 1990’s. Nathan was an associate at Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May from 1993-1997. Since 1997, he practiced as a contract lawyer focusing upon the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, preparation of validity and infringement opinions, and research regarding litigation issues. Skills also include intellectual property consultation and patent portfolio management services.

Examples of specific areas of experience include methods for augmenting transfection efficiencies, cancer treatment strategies involving receptor targeting and biochemical pathway modification, cDNA libraries, polynucleotide sequencing, diagnostic and research technologies including nucleotide assays strategies, pharmaceutical compositions for asthma treatment, AIDS dementia treatment and pain management, recombinant expression systems, therapeutic agent delivery systems employing liposomes, medical devices such as catheters for percutaneous procedures, cardiac function monitors, transdermal delivery systems, as well as general mechanical technologies.