Bay Area IP Law Firm

Our attorneys are dedicated to providing high quality and cost effective patent
and intellectual property services to established and early-stage technology companies.

Services Portfolio

- Patent Preparation/Prosecution
- Trademark Procurement
- Copyright Registration
- Strategic Consulting
- Invention Disclosure Programs
- Corporate Support and Due Diligence
- Infringement/Patentability

Technical Expertise

The firm has extensive experience
in a wide range of high technology fields
including computers, hardware and software,
wired and wireless communications,
video processing, optical imaging,
and semiconductor related technologies.

Our Attorneys Know

- Electrical Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Mechanical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Materials Science
- Physics

About Us

The firm was originally founded by Mark Wilson in San Jose, California, during the technology boom of 2000.
In 2001, Thomas Ham joined Mark, after holding an in-house attorney position with a Fortune 500 company.

Within just a few years, the law firm of Wilson & Ham enjoyed a very successful patent practice with several high technology
clients in Silicon Valley and other areas throughout the nation.

The combined experience and resources of Wilson & Ham provide clients with informed patent counseling
on a breadth of technical and legal issues.

Our Team

  • Mark Wilson
    Mark Wilson
    MARK WILSON, Registered Patent Attorney

    Mark is dedicated to providing high quality patent prosecution services to established and early-stage companies. Mark has drafted hundreds of patent applications and developed a broad range of knowledge in computer networking technologies including LANs, MANs, WANs, routing, switching, IP, Ethernet, and ATM.


    US Patent and Trademark Office
    US District Court, N.D. Cal
    US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
    California Supreme Court

    Professional Affiliations
    & Education

    State Bar of California

    JD, Santa Clara Univ. School of Law,
    Santa Clara University, 1997
    BS, Engineering,
    Cal. Polytechnic State University, 1990


    Computer Networking
    Optical Devices
    Optical Systems
    Semiconductor Processing

  • Thomas Ham
    Thomas Ham
    THOMAS HAM, Registered Patent Attorney

    Tom provides intellectual property counselling for startup companies and divisions of large corporations. Previously, Tom has worked as in-house patent counsel at Sony Electronics. Tom’s practice includes software, computers, optical devices, semiconductor devices, semiconductor processing, and circuits.


    US Patent and Trademark Office
    US District Court, N.D. Cal
    US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
    California Supreme Court

    Professional Affiliations
    & Education

    State Bar of California

    JD, Golden Gate Univ. School of Law,
    Golden Gate University, 1997
    BS, Physics, magna cum laude
    North Carolina State University, 1994


    Optical Devices
    Semiconductor Devices
    Semiconductor Processing

  • Steve Allhoff
    Steve Allhoff
    STEVE ALLHOFF, Registered Patent Attorney

    Steve contributes experience in computer science to patent preparation and prosecution. Having worked as an Associate Network Administrator during undergrad as well as an in-house programmer for State Farm, Steve offers a strong background in computer software, computer networking, and open-source licensing.


    US Patent and Trademark Office
    US District Courts, N.D. and S.D. Ohio
    Ohio Supreme Court

    Professional Affiliations
    & Education

    Ohio State Bar

    JD, University of Dayton School of Law,
    University of Dayton, 2013
    BA Computer Science,
    Illinois Wesleyan University, 2010


    Computer Networking
    Wireless Communications
    Hardware Virtualization
    Graphical User Interfaces
    Database Technology
    Software and Web Products

  • Yuan Guo
    Yuan Guo
    YUAN GUO, PhD, Registered Patent Agent

    Dr. Guo has been working as a patent engineer since early 2008 and is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. Through his advanced education, Yuan has a solid understanding of communication networks, wireless and mobile communications, network security, integrated circuit (IC) design, radio frequency (RF) IC, and digital signal processing (DSP).


    US Patent and Trademark Office, 2012


    PhD, Electrical and Computer Eng.
    University of Florida, 2006
    BS, Electrical Engineering,
    Xian Jiaotong University, 2000


    Communication Networks
    Wireless Communications
    Mobile Communications
    Network Security
    Integrated Circuit (IC) Design
    Radio Frequency (RF)
    Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Our Clients

Our attorneys work hard to satisfy the needs of all of our clients, regardless of the size or stage of the company.
Our clients include internationally recognized leaders in a variety of high tech industries,
as well as emerging technology companies who emphasize the value of their intellectual property assets.

Our attorneys strive to deliver excellent results for each client.
The firm recognizes that high quality work is made possible through great relationships
with exceptional clients who care about quality.


Our attorneys are experienced working with patent departments and corporate counsel at large and mid-size companies.

We are very familiar with various internal legal and business procedures, and we try to adapt our business processes to complement each client’s operating practices.


For early-stage companies, we understand that building a small company into a great company requires substantial time and attention to detail.

That is why we work very closely with early-stage companies to explore and develop appropriate intellectual property strategies intended to achieve valuable and cost-effective protection.

We're located in PLEASANTON, CA

1811 Santa Rita Road, Suite 130
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 249-1300
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