Our Services

Tiburon provides broad expertise to clients in all aspects of patent law and intellectual property. When you are ready to file a new patent application, you want an attorney who has actually licensed and litigated patents. Otherwise, your patent attorney is drafting a document without planning for its eventual use. Tiburon has depth in litigation, licensing, and sales, so is able to draft new applications that are valuable to clients. Our clients are issued patents that will build value to their portfolio.

Patent Preparation

We draft patent applications for your inventions - with an eye on how you will eventually sell, license, or litigate the patent.

Patent Prosecution

We work directly with the USPTO to get you the highest quality patent, with the best possible claims at issue, and into the future after issue.

Portfolio Strategy

We work with startups and small businesses to craft an IP strategy, and build a patent portfolio, that builds long term company value and success.

Patent Licensing

We can license individual patents, or an entire portfolio, to one of the numerous companies we have worked with or against in the past.

Patent Litigation

We have a successful track record of litigating patents in a variety of courts.

Sales and Acquisitions

We advise companies on the sales of IP portfolios, or the acquisition of their entire company.

About us

Tiburon IP is unique among law firms, because we have experience in all aspects of patent practice. Some firms draft patents with an eye on what can be issued by the USPTO. We draft patents with an eye on how they will be successfully licensed, sold, or litigated. Some firms counsel clients on building a large profile with a lot of patents. We counsel clients on strategic, efficient solutions that build value for their company.

Our goal is to provide the best value and the broadest experience to startups and inventors. We keep costs down and provide optimum value to enable innovators to build their companies.

Client Satisfaction


New Patents Issued


Patent Licenses/Settlements


Effort for Clients


Our Technologies

Our expertise extends to a wide variety of technology areas. We have worked with patents in the following areas:


Circuits, semiconductors, communications, and signal processing.

Mechanical Systems

Engines, mechanisms, turbines, power generation.


Smartphones, devices, telecommunications, wireless, apps, and software.

Aerospace Systems

Propulsion, electronics, satellites, data storage.


Programs, software, apps, embedded systems.

Alternative Energy

Wind, solar, marine, geothermal power.

Medical Devices and Consumer Products

Implants, devices, diagnostic, and drug delivery.

Asian PCT Filings

Translations and patent filings in the USPTO.

The Team

The Tiburon team has depth in both patent law and engineering. As attorneys, we have worked at some of the world's elite patent law firms. We have worked for three firms named as the "fearsome foursome" of litigation, and as in-house Counsel for a multinational technology company. As engineers, we have experience in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software, medical devices, and smartphones, and have designed systems in a variety of industries, including: Ford, Fluke, Chrysler, LSI, Smith+Nephew, and DARPA.

Frank M. Washko, Ph.D.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center Ph.D., Engineering, Wayne State University

Formerly at Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP; Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Former engineer at Chrysler, Ford, and Smith+Nephew Orthopaedics

Admitted in California, Washington, and the USPTO

Furqan (Chaz) Nanji


J.D., University of California Los Angeles M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Formerly at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; Reed Smith, LLP

Formerly Counsel at Sony

Former engineer at Infrared Solutions, Inc. (Fluke), and LSI Logic

Admitted in California and the USPTO


Years of Experience


Patents Issued


Courts Admitted


Satisfied Clients

Contact Us

Contact us below for a confidential consultation on how we can help you.

Offices in New Zealand and San Francisco

  • 17b Farnham Street, Auckland, NZ
  • 350 Townsend Street, Suite 680, San Francisco, CA
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