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Ian W. Gillies

Ian Gillies advises on the procurement, management and development of patents, trademarks and copyrights for clients that range from private individuals and start-ups to large corporations. Valued for his meticulous work product and thorough analysis in identifying and resolving complex problems, Ian consistently delivers immediate likability, honed consensus building skill and a seemingly innate talent for adapting to the many audiences and viewpoints for any given matter.

A conscientious communicator and dedicated service provider, Ian protects his clients’ assets across a spectrum of transactional IP areas, and not just a single, specialized point of interest. Clients appreciate Ian’s widespread industry know-how and that he is equally well-versed in advising on patents and trademarks alike.

Ian also advises on due diligence initiatives related to IP searches, availability, acquisitions, and infringement risk. He represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the corresponding patent and trademark appeal boards. He counsels clients on offensive and defensive IP strategies and trade secret tactics. In addition, Ian advises on the IP aspects of NDAs, material transfer agreements, assignments, and other legal instruments. He has successfully navigated the resolution of challenging IP disputes between his clients and third parties to avoid litigation or other adverse proceedings before patent and trademark boards.

Prior to his legal career, Ian worked as a mechanical engineer, inventor, and professional musician. For many years, Ian was employed as an engineer for Novellus Systems, Kimberly Clark, and General Dynamics, and as a technical salesperson for SMC. Moreover, Ian composed and performed extensively as a musician and opened for recording artists such as Pink, The Psychedelic Furs, The Lemonheads, and Air Supply.

Notably, Ian is an inventor himself and holds U.S. Pat. No. 6,648,869, as well as the author of a series of copyrights stemming from several professionally produced records. Ian’s hands-on business and entertainment experience allow him to bring a unique perspective to advocacy and a more balanced approach to representing similarly-minded creative and inventive entities.

Extern Experience

Extern for the Office of General Counsel at Arizona State University (2007)

Arizona State University – Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology with Specialization in Intellectual Property, Articles Editor, Jurimetrics: Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, Willard H. Pedrick Scholar
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Graduate Coursework in, Business Administration
State Bar of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Aesthetic & Cosmetic Biotechnology


CBD & Legal Cannabis

Diagnostic Tools


Research Tools & Reagents


Chemical, Industrial & Materials

Automation & Robotics

Building Construction

Building Products & Materials

Construction & Home Improvement

Cosmetics & Personal Care Products


Food Chemistry

Fuel Cells & Batteries

HVAC & Passive Ventilation


Consumer Products & Services

Aesthetics & Personal Care Products

Food & Beverage

Restaurants & Hospitality

Sporting Goods & Recreation

Electrical, Semiconductor & Computer Technology

Electronics & Semiconductors


Clean Technology

Green Building & Construction

Green Transportation

Solar Power

Wind Power

Fashion & Beauty






Financial Services & Business Methods

Data Privacy

Media, Advertising & Entertainment


Film & Television

Literary Works

Mobile Applications


Musical Instruments and Accessories



Medical Devices & Procedures

Cardiac Rhythm Management

Dental Devices

Dermatology & Aesthetics





Tissue Engineering

Transportation & Vehicles


Assignments and Licenses
Brand Portfolio Management
Brand Search
Design Patents
Due Diligence
Global Portfolio Management
Infringement Risk 
International Trademarks
IP Strategy
IP Transactions and Agreements
Opinions and Counseling
Patent Strategy & Prosecution
Tech Transactions
Trade Secret
Trade Secret Protection Advice, Counseling, Employee & Nondisclosure Agreements
Trademark & Brand Protection
Trademark and Brand Protection Litigation
Trademark Enforcement
Trademark Registration
TTAB Proceedings
U.S. Patent Prosecution

  • Jurimetrics Journal Award for Best Case Comment
  • Center Scholar: Center for Law, Science, and Technology
  • Corporate and Business Law Society Scholarship
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