David E. Newhouse & Associates

Firm Overview

My law firm was founded in 1973 after determining that San Francisco Patent firms did not want general practitioners and San Francisco General Practice firms did not want patent attorneys. I found a like-minded, older, patent and general practitioner, George B. White, now deceased, who invited me to rent an office down the hall from his at $50/mo. on the 8th floor of the Grant Building 1095 Market Street (7th & Market) San Francisco, CA. I rented the office, purchased an IBM Electric typewriter, and hired a secretary who shared George's reception /secretarial area. After Mr. White's death I moved my office and staff (secretary & word processors) sharing high rent office space with other general practitioners on the 3rd Floor of 4 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. I was the only patent attorney.

Overwhelmed by staffing, personnel problems and high office rent in San Francisco, I took my practice and client base to San Jose associating with the Law Firm of Hamerick, Hoffman, Guillot & Kazabowski which disintegrated at the end of 1986.

In 1987, I opened my office in San Mateo, CA with two computers and no office staff, and I have been happily and successfully serving the demands, and needs of clients and paying my bills ever since. The computers have evolved but not the staff.

Example cases

U.S. Patent Nos. 5,012,396 & 5,235,497 revolutionized lighting in video and television studios;
U.S. Patent Nos. 3,983,777 & 3,983,778 covering the pickups for the Grateful Dead guitars
U.S. Patent Nos. 3,946,332, & 4,088,966, the basis for laser welding systems.
U.S. Patent No. 7,028,947 for a self-powered, tethered decoy for heat-seeking transport aircraft missile defense.
These are patents which can be found and reviewed at http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html They also represent, in most of the examples cited, successful conclusions of patent applications initially drafted by the client.
I also have successfully prosecuted an icy roads personal injury action against Nevada County (Curnow v. Nevada County) recovering in excess of $500,000 filed in Nevada County Superior Court, Nevada City, California.

Main Office
477 9th Ave.
Suite 112
San Mateo  CA  94402
  • (650) 348-8652
  • (650) 348-8655


Free Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation is free if either the client or I determine my services are not required. If retained, I do not access any charge for time spent determining whether I could be of service.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Online Trademark Application $175 & filing fees;
Copyright Registration Application: $175 & filing fees;
Contingent Fee Matters: Costs must be paid by client
Retainer Fees required, amounts negotiable
Hourly Rates
Patent Application Preparation & Prosecution: $175/hr.
Litigation: Pleading & discovery phase: $175/hr.
Litigation: Pretrial motions & trial: $200/hr.
Litigation: Appeal $175/hr.
Office Consultation: $150/ hr.
Preparing Agreements: $175/hr
Correspondence: $150/hr.
Transactional and negotiation work: $200.00/hr.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Patents - Patent Applications & Litigation
Copyright - Registration & Litigation
Trademark - Registration & Litigation
Intellectual Property - Advice, Evaluation and Recommendations
Trade Secret & Confidentiality Agreements
I am a Sole Practitioner focusing on inventions and discoveries.

Register Before the U.S. Patent Office since 1968, Reg. No 24,911
Member California State Bar since 1972, CA Bar. No. 54,217
Admitted to Practice before the United State Supreme Court 1977

I have general working familiarity with most scientific and technical disciplines in the physical science fields including computers, robotics, measurement, lasers, solids state electronics, radiation, electromagnetic fields, plasma physics, nuclear fission and fusion, metallurgy, gravity and all areas of mechanical engineering and design.

I am also an experienced courtroom litigator in patent, trademark, trade secret, misappropriation, real property matters, as well as, complex technical torts.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes, but if the client is represented by another attorney that help must be coordinated with that attorney.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

I am a solo practitioner with no staff. If outside assistance is required I will seek it out and confirm the nature of the anticipated service and cost with the client before proceeding. I will associate with other attorneys when asked or authorized by the client to help provide requested services. I do not enjoy the role of employer.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Whenever possible.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes, when the occasion arises and there is a need for legal services or advice.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

I am very solo, and do not have any staff. I prefer to participate in creative, successful transactions, rather than attempts to recover from failed transactions.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

The client is the principal, the attorney the agent. If a client is not educated on issues involved in an endeavor, it is the responsibility of an attorney to provide such education even if not asked.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

They must be reviewed if presented, and editing advice is provided if that service is requested.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Depends on the tribunal and the proceeding. It is the client who suffers when the work product of an attorney is perceived to be behind the scenes.

David E. Newhouse

1966-1967 Idaho Nuclear Corporation: Reactor Operator Engineer
1968-1972 Lawrence Livermore Laboratory: Patent Agent / Engineer
1973 - 1983 Solo General Practice San Francisco CA both Patent Trademark & Copyright emphasis
1983 - 1987 Associate Patent Attorney with Hamerick, Hoffman Guillot & Kazabowski Law Firm in San Jose , California
1987- to date Solo General Law Practice with emphasis in Intellectual Property Fields in San Mateo, California

I am a solo practitioner with no staff. If outside assistance is required I will seek it out and confirm the nature of the anticipated service and cost with the client before proceeding. I will associate with other attorneys when asked or authorized by the client to help provide requested services. I do not enjoy the role of employer.

  • Bar Number: 54217
    California , 1972
  • University of San Francisco Law School
    J.D. , 1972
    San Francisco, CA
  • University of California
    B.A. Physics , 1966
    Berkeley, CA

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