Tyler Thorp, Ph.D.


Selected Publications


“Testing the Limits of Patent Exhaustion’s Authorized Sale Requirement Using Current High-Tech Licensing Practices,” 50 Santa Clara L. Rev. 1017 (2010) 


"512 Mbit PROM with a Three-Dimensional Array of  Diode/Antifuse Memory Cells," Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Nov. 2003  


"Design and Synthesis of Dynamic Circuits," Transactions on VLSI Systems, Feb. 2003 


"Analysis of Blocking Dynamic Circuits," 2002 International Conference on Computer Design 


"IC Power Distribution Challenges," 2001 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design  

Academic Background


-- B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington (1996)

-- M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington (1998)

-- Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington (1999)

-- J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (2010)


Areas of Technology


-- Mobile computing devices and applications

-- Semiconductor devices and processes

-- Digital and analog integrated circuits

-- Electromechanical and medical devices

-- Computer networking and telecommunications

-- Electronic design automation

-- Computer software





Tyler’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on worldwide patent portfolio development, post-grant patent proceedings (including ex parte reexamination, inter partes review, and post-grant review), and evaluation of patent portfolios for business-related patent transactions.


Before joining the firm, Tyler evaluated IP portfolios in support of litigation and licensing activities at SanDisk. Before practicing law, Tyler designed semiconductor memories at SanDisk and Matrix Semiconductor (acquired by SanDisk) and microprocessors at Sun Microsystems. At Matrix, he helped pioneer the design and development of three-dimensional non-volatile semiconductor memories. He is also an inventor on over 65 U.S. Patents and was previously an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington.



Honors and Membership


-- Dean’s Fellow, Santa Clara University School of Law

-- Articles Editor, Santa Clara Law Review

-- Honors Moot Court, Semi-finalist

-- ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law

-- High-Technology Law Certificate, with honors

-- Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Technology and the Regulation of Competition (IP and Antitrust)

-- Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, IP Litigation





-- Supreme Court of California

-- United States District Court for the Northern District of California

-- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

-- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

-- United States Patent & Trademark Office