Our Professionals & Staff

Kevin Buckley has assembled an incredible team for our clients built on the experience of seasoned attorneys, paralegals, patent agents, scientists, and analysts. Our patent attorneys and patent agents have significant experience handling matters pending before the US Patent & Trademark Office and its counterparts throughout the world. The firm's lawyers are involved with IP transactions and regulatory proceedings pending before the US Food & Drug Administration, and its international counterparts. And our most experienced attorneys and paralegals have had previous experience in international law firms handling hundreds of intellectual property matters for a multitude of clients -- from individual entrepreneurs to international conglomerates.

Imtiaz Billah

Patent Agent Imtiaz Billah

+1 (732) 887-7420

Imtiaz Billah specializes in international patent preparation and prosecution for biopharmaceutical, software, and electronics innovators. Technical fields in which he focuses include computer software, wireless communication methods, integrated circuits, semiconductor processing, and advanced materials.

Prior to joining the firm, Imtiaz was a patent agent at IBM. At IBM, he gained extensive experience drafting the specifications, drawings, and claims for patent applications, corresponding with U.S. and international inventors, and filing responses to Office Actions.

Before beginning his career in patent law, Imtiaz worked as a chemist in both industrial and academic settings. He became well versed in synthetic preparation of organic compounds, transition metal complexes, and polymers; spectroscopic characterization; and reactivity studies.

Imtiaz received a M.A., Chemistry (with a focus on Inorganic Chemistry), from the University of Chicago in 2014; a M.S., Chemistry (with a focus on Organic Chemistry), from the University of Chicago in 2005; and a B.S., Chemistry, from Brandeis University in 2004, with honors.

Neil Thompson

Patent Agent Neil Thompson

+1 (949) 292-6720

Neil Thompson is a patent agent who worked for years in the medical device industry as a product development engineer. He became a patent agent while working as an engineer to lessen the load of outside counsel drafting patent applications. Working at both startups and larger companies, Neil has been involved with the patenting process in both environments.

In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Neil has led workshops in IP for SCORE and IP webinars for Orthopedic Research Society and the Society for Biomaterials. He currently hosts a meetup group for patent practitioners. Right before joining Torrey Pines Law Group, he worked as a freelance patent agent. He also uses his medical device background to advise small companies on packaging design and development.

Neil is also passionate about public speaking for those in STEM. He created a course, Teach the Geek to Speak, to help engineers and scientists with their public speaking, especially when presenting in front of decision makers and those outside of STEM. He is also the author of a children's book, “Ask Uncle Neil: why is my hair curly?” The story focuses on Neil’s nephew asking him why his hair is the way it is, and Neil uses science to answer the question.

Neil received a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Toronto, and graduate degrees in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering from Clemson University and Columbia University, respectively. He is also a Professional Engineer.

Mark Malek

Patent Attorney Mark Malek

+1 (760) 390-3244

Mark Malek is a patent attorney admitted to practice law in the state of California as well as before the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Mark grew up in San Diego and attended the University of San Diego where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor degree in Chemistry. While attending USD, he took multiple courses in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law.

Intellectual Property Law was the perfect fit for Mark to combine his passion for the sciences, business, and the law. After graduating law school, Mark passed the California Bar examination and the USPTO Patent Exam to begin his career as a patent lawyer.



Suzanne Baycan

Patent and Trademark Paralegal Suzanne Baycan

+1 (650) 720-5573

Suzanne is a San Francisco Bay Area native with over 20 years’ experience as a senior U.S. and foreign patent and trademark paralegal in both law firms and in-house legal departments for multi-national software, hardware and biotech companies.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University and completed first-year law school coursework at McGeorge School of Law.

Suzanne's areas of expertise include:

U.S. and Foreign Patent Prosecution

  • Preparing patent application documents and/or responses for filing with the USPTO including Issue Fee payments, Certificate of Correction, Missing Parts and Powers of Attorney.
  • Preparing Information Disclosure Statements including complex cross-reference spreadsheets, SB08 and IDS transmittal letters.
  • Preparing application documents for filing with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and/or direct filing in foreign countries including entry to National Phase and correspond with foreign associates in the prosecution of same.
  • Managing U.S. and foreign patent annuities and renewals.

U.S. and Foreign Trademark Prosecution

  • Conducting searches to determine availability of proposed trademarks.
  • Preparing and filing domestic trademark applications, affidavits and renewals.
  • Coordinating with foreign counsel to file foreign trademark applications, affidavits and renewals.
  • Docketing and tracking response dates for all USPTO and foreign trademarks; formatting and preparing trademark and custom reports with the following docketing databases: Computer Packages, Inc. (CPI); Foundation IP (FIP); Patent and Trademark Tracking System (PATTSY); Unycom IPMS; Anaqua; AppColl; Flextrac and Lecorpio.

U.S. and Foreign Patent and Trademark Docketing Services:

  • Docketing and tracking response dates for all USPTO and foreign patents and trademarks with the following docketing databases: Computer Packages, Inc. (CPI); Foundation IP (FIP); Patent and Trademark Tracking System (PATTSY); Unycom IPMS; Anaqua; AppColl; Flextrac and Lecorpio.
  • Preparing custom patent and trademark reports.

Other Related Professionals

Our family of IP lawyers, patent agents, regulatory professionals, and business advisors includes professionals who have also obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from prominent universities in scientific disciplines including biochemistry, organic chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering. In addition, many our colleagues have practical benchtop experience in academics, and have been involved with research and development in a variety of industries such as the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, software, and electronics industries.

Your success depends on the commitment of an experienced law firm, and we are the go-to team for securing, building, and defending your competitive advantage.