Areas of Practice

▪ Strategic Patent Procurement  ▪ Intellectual Property Counseling and Opinions  ▪ Due Diligence Investigation  ▪ Intellectual Property Agreements  ▪ Outsourced In-House IP Counsel Services

Located in the northern suburb of Portland, Oregon, Kaplan IP Law provides the high quality IP services clients expect from top-tier law firms, but with the personal attention and cost effectiveness of small-scale practice.  The firm is operated by Mr. Kaplan who from 1992 to 2002 gained experience at large top-tier IP practices.  Throughout his over 23 year career as an IP attorney, he has leveraged his graduate training in electrical engineering and computer science by focusing on high technology patents.  Mr. Kaplan began at Fish & Neave (now the Fish & Neave IP Group of Ropes & Gray), where he obtained substantial patent litigation experience.  He then went on to join, as a partner, other national law firms and specialize in strategic patent procurement, IP counseling, and IP related agreements.  Prior to starting an independent practice in 2003, Mr. Kaplan was a partner with Howrey Simon Arnold & White.

Mr. Kaplan has substantial legal experience in the IP issues particular to computer technology, and is recognized as an expert in the area of integrated circuits.  His broad range of legal experience also includes robotics, neuron-level man-machine interfaces, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, computer networks, and sophisticated business methods.  Mr. Kaplan counsels companies in high technology industries, companies using technology in innovative ways and investment firms seeking IP advice or due diligence.  He regularly represents clients on both coasts, ranging in size from startups to industry leaders.

Before earning a law degree from New York University, Mr. Kaplan received a Master’s in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  At MIT, he held Research Assistant appointments at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where his research interests included computer vision and concurrent processing.  Ultimately, he decided to focus on problems in computer-aided circuit design for his Master’s thesis, which was done at MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics.  As an undergraduate, he was employed by the Robotic Systems Research Group of Bell Telephone Laboratories, and the Ultracomputer supercomputing group at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.  Mr. Kaplan gained industrial experience, in the area of computer chip design, working for the MIT spin-off company that commercialized the Lisp Machine (Symbolics, Inc.).

Mr. Kaplan is an inventor on three patents: two obtained by MIT for his Master’s research in the area of integrated circuit design tools, and one patent obtained in high school.  He was one of forty national finalists in high school in the Westinghouse (now called Intel) National Science Talent Search.  The award was for the design of a computer specialized to robotic control.  A computer and mechanical robot were constructed in order to test the design.


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1992

M.S.E.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989

B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, Moore School of Engineering, 1983, summa cum laude, Tau Beta Pi


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