George Willman practices in the areas of technology transactions, intellectual property counseling and patent prosecution.

George counsels clients on intellectual property issues, including those raised by merger and acquisition transactions and initial public offerings. He is a registered patent attorney and has assisted clients in obtaining patents in addition to counseling on infringement avoidance, strategic patenting, and developing U.S. and international patent portfolios.

Prior to his legal career, George worked as a software and telecommunications engineer for ROLM, IBM, and Siemens in Silicon Valley and Munich, Germany.

Representative Experience

Licensing, development, service, distribution, manufacturing, electronic commerce, FinTech and corporate partnering agreements.

Professional Highlights

Honors & Awards

  • Raymond E. Miles Alumni Service Award
    UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  • Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellow Award
    University of California, Berkeley, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • The Legal 500 U.S., Technology Transactions (2015)

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  • Associations

    • Berkeley Angel Network, Founder
    • Serves as a mentor at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Speaking Engagements
    • “Artificial Intelligence Startup PitchForce” Seminar, PitchForce, August 25, 2016.
    • “Intellectual Property, Agreements and Financing” Seminar, UnternehmerTUM (Technical University of Munich) Executive MBA Seminar, UC Berkeley, August 1, 2016.
    • “Automated Future: Human + Technology” Seminar, November 12, 2015.
    • “Raising Seed/Angel Money for Early Stage Startups” Berkeley Post-Doctoral Entrepreneur Program, UC Berkeley, October 29, 2015.
    • “Strategic Alliances” Guest Lecture, UC Berkeley Association of Chinese Entrepreneurs, UC Berkeley, August 27, 2015.
    • “Optimizing Your Exit” Seminar, June 10, 2015.
    • “University Alumni Angel Investing” Seminar, German Startup Association Tour, June 2, 2015.
    • “Early Stage Funding: 2014 Year in Review and Latest Funding Trends (SAFE, Series Seed, KISS…)” Seminar, Palo Alto, October 22, 2014.
    • “Early Stage Funding: 2014 Year in Review and Latest Funding Trends (SAFE, Series Seed, KISS…)” Seminar, San Francisco, October 21, 2014.
    • “Anatomy of a Technology Collaboration and Partnerships” Seminar, 3rd Annual Institute for Advanced Corporate Counsel (iACC) Conference, April 10, 2014.
    • “Common Mistakes for a Tech Company Doing Business Abroad and How to Avoid Them” CLE/CPD Seminar, Association of Corporate Counsel March CLE Programs, Palo Alto and San Francisco, March 18-19, 2014.
    • “Hardware and Semiconductor Licensing” Seminar, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business and College of Engineering, March 2011.
    • “Protecting and Commercializing the IP of Startups: A U.S. Perspective” Seminar, EBAN Winter University, November 2010.
    • “Transfer of Technology—Difficult Issues in Licensing” Seminar, International Bar Association Conference, October 2010.
    • “Patents and Trade Secrets for Early-Stage Cleantech Ventures” Seminar, Cleantech Open National Academy, July 2010.
    • “Perspectives on Negotiations and Conflict Resolution” Guest Lecture, Perspectives on Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, 2009.
    • “Clean Technology Diligence” Seminar, Keiretsu Forum angel investment network, November 2008.
    • “Intellectual Property for Early Stage Companies” Seminar, California Clean Tech Open, August 2008.
    • “New Venture Finance: Strategic Alliances” Guest Lecture, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, April 2008.
    • “Financing Workshop” UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, October 2007.

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1996
    cum laude

    M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1993
    Beta Gamma Sigma

    B.S., Computer Systems Engineering, Stanford University, 1989

Admissions

  • California

    Texas

    District of Columbia

    Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Languages

  • French

    German