ARARAT KAPOUYTIAN, trained as an engineer in electrical, biomedical, and environmental engineering, has more than 20 years of experience as a patent attorney.  He has prepared and prosecuted many patent applications and analyzed patents (including large patent portfolios) for infringement and validity in various contexts. Ararat has also provided patent law and technical advice to litigation counsel in complex patent litigation matters and to technology transaction and corporate attorneys in due diligence and licensing projects.

Ararat’s experience in patent law has spanned many areas of technology including programmable logic devices, telecommunication devices, software, optical devices, semiconductor processing, test and measurement devices, encryption systems, web advertising, computer architecture, network processors, analog circuits, medical devices, and air pollution control devices.

Prior to this partnership, Ararat practiced patent law at the Technology and Intellectual Property group of Nixon Peabody in San Francisco. Before that, for six years, Ararat was an associate and of counsel in the Electronics, Software and Telecommunications group of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, where among other things, he trained and supervised junior patent associates. Previous to that, he was an associate at Coudert Brothers in San Francisco, where he worked on patent prosecution and litigation matters.


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • California Institute of Technology, M.S., Electrical Engineering, June 1991
  • University of Southern California, M.S., Environmental Engineering, May 1995; Department of Education Fellowship
  • University of Southern California, B.S., Biomedical/ Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, May 1990; University Trustees’ Award (male senior with the highest overall GPA)

Bar Memberships

  • Admitted in California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office registered