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Doug Portnow - IP Attorney
Areas of Practice
  • Mechanical & Electromechanical
  • Medical Devices
IP Services
  • Acquisition Due Diligence
  • Foreign Rights
  • Freedom To Operate
  • Opinions
  • Patent Analytics
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Portfolio Management & Analysis
Bar Admissions & Associations
Speaking Engagements

A registered patent attorney and a principal at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, Doug Portnow also has engineering experience in the medical device industry. This practical experience gives him an in-depth understanding of clients’ perspectives.

Doug’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, IP due diligence, and strategic counseling in the medical device and mechanical technologies. Prior to joining Schwegman, Doug was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and an associate at Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton). 

Before entering the legal profession, Doug worked for over a decade in the medical device industry. Doug worked at start-ups and publicly traded companies commercializing critical care products, vascular grafts, surgical instruments, stents, stent delivery systems, RF ablation catheters, embolic protection devices, and heart failure implants. This experience helps him understand the important role that IP can play, both for companies and the public. “As patent lawyers, we work on cutting-edge medical device technology that can help companies get funded to develop new products, and ultimately, that provides patients with better treatments and therapies.”

Doug enjoys taking complex technical ideas and translating them into written form. He excels at being detail-oriented – and keeping clients well-informed about project status.

Doug has been recognized as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers. Outside of work, he loves to travel around the globe. He has visited 46 states and 6 continents.

University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)
Concord, New Hampshire

J.D., Cum Laude

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, California

M.B.A., Finance

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

M.S., Bioengineering

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations

State Bar of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Member, Intellectual Property Section, California Bar Association
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association

Speaking Engagements
Speaking Engagements

Co-Moderator, “ IP for Medical Device Companies:  What to Consider During Fund Raising … Or Exit”
SLW Institute Emerging Tech Webinar Series, Minneapolis, MN November 7, 2019

Co-presenter, “Medical Device IP Strategies for Executives and Inventors”
Medical Design & Manufacturing, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN October 23, 2019

Co-presenter, “Understanding IP Due Diligence from the Investor’s Point of View”
University of California at San Francisco, Rosenman Institute, San Francisco, CA May 30, 2019

Co-presenter, “Workshop:  How to Survive IP Due Diligence”
SLW Global IP Conference, San Jose, CA April 3-4, 2019

Moderator, “Fireside Chat with Alex Vayser”
SLW Global IP Conference, San Jose, CA April 3-4, 2019

Co-presenter, “IP Strategies for Medical Device Technologies: Be Your Own Incubator”
ABA-IPL Books Webinar Series, April 2, 2019

Co-presenter, “IP Law in Medical Devices”
Design of Medical Devices Conference Beijing, China December 11-12, 2018

Co-Panelist, “MedTech Innovator LIVE: IP Strategy for Medtech Startups”

MedTech Innovator Webinar, July 10, 2018

Panel moderator, “Intellectual Property”

San Jose State University Biomedical Device Conference, San Jose, California, March 28, 2018

Co-panelist, “Best Practices for Managing the Entire Due Diligence Process from Both Sides’ Perspectives”

American Conference Institute’s Summit on IP Due Diligence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2-3, 2017

Co-panelist, “IP for MedTech Start-Ups and Digital Strategy”

MedTech Innovator Webinar, June 29, 2017

Co-presenter, “Practical Guidelines for the Physician Innovator: Protecting your IP While Seeking Funding”

Digestive Disease Week, Chicago, Illinois, May 6, 2017

Co-presenter, “Drafting Patent Applications: Claims and Patent Specifications”

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Patent Boot Camp, San Francisco, California, July 15, 2016

Co-presenter, “Practical Guidelines for the Physician Innovator: Protecting Your IP, Key Initial Steps”

Digestive Disease Week, San Diego, California, May 24, 2016

Co-presenter, “A Conversation about Intellectual Property” and “Intellectual Property Fundamentals”

Entrepreneur Bootcamp, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 4, 2016

Co-panelist, “MedTech Intellectual Property Strategy”

MedTech Innovator Webinar, August 7, 2015

Co-panelist, “The USPTO Comes to the Silicon Valley”

WSGR Medical Device Conference, San Francisco, California, June 2015

Co-presenter, “Intellectual Property Management”

25th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference on Injectable Osteoarticular Biomaterials and Bone Augmentation Procedures (GRIBOI), Toronto, Canada, May 18-20, 2015

Co-panelist, “Managing Your Medical Device Patent Portfolio”

WSGR Medical Device Conference, San Francisco, California, June 2014

Co-panelist, “Mastering the Intricacies of USPTO Practice Post-Patent Reform: Supervisory Patent Examiners Weigh In on Medical Device Patents”

American Conference Institute’s Fourth Advanced Summit on Medical Device Patents, Chicago, Illinois, March 24-26, 2014

Co-panelist, “Integrating Changes at the PTO into Medical Device Patent Practice: Supervisory Patent Examiners Weigh In”

American Conference Institute Advanced Summit on Medical Device Patents, Chicago, Illinois, March 4-6, 2013

Panel Moderator, “Patent Law Update”

WSGR Medical Device Conference, San Francisco, California, June 2012

Co-panelist, “Overcoming Obviousness Challenges: Evolving Standards for Evaluating Validity for Devices Post-KSR”

American Conference Institute Advanced Summit on Medical Device Patents, Boston, Massachusetts, February 28-29, 2012

Co-presenter, “Drafting Patent Applications Part 2: Patent Specifications and Traps to Avoid”

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Patent Boot Camp, San Diego, California, June 3-4, 2011

Co-presenter, “Maximizing and Retaining Medical Device Patent Protection”

AdvaMed webinar, November 17, 2010

Co-presenter, “Choosing the Right Patent Attorney”

Intellectual Property for the Medical Device Industry, Q1 Productions, July 9-10, 2009


Co-author, “Protecting Medical Method Patents Via Indirect Infringement,” Law360, August 15, 2019

Co-author, Patent Law: How OEMs and CMs Can Work Together,” Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO), March 2019

Co-author, “IP Strategies for Medical Device Technologies, Be Your Own Incubator,” American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, 2018

Co-author, Utility Models and Design Patents: What You Should Know,” The Life Sciences Report, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Winter 2017

Co-author, How to Expedite Examination of a Patent Application,” The Life Sciences Report, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Fall 2013

Co-author, U.S. Commerce Department to Open Regional U.S. Patent Office in Silicon Valley,” The Life Sciences Report, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Fall 2012

Co-author, New Procedures for Challenging Patent Validity,” The Life Sciences Report, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Spring 2012

Patent Reform Legislation: An Update on the America Invents Act,” The Life Sciences Report, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Fall 2011

Co-author, “Analysis: PTO Should Deny Abbott’s Patent Extension for Rapid-Exchange Technology,” MX: Medtech Executive, October 2008

“Spare Parts and Patent Infringement,” Germeshausen Center Newsletter, Summer/Fall 2004

“Faculty Portrait: Dr. Hans Goldrian Architect of Europe’s Largest Patent Prosecution Group,” Germeshausen Center Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2004

“Stent Wars: The Intellectual Property Battle Continues,” Germeshausen Center Newsletter, Summer/Fall 2003