Charles advises on patent prosecution, intellectual property due diligence and strategic patent counseling for clients in the fields of software, cryptography, semiconductor, computer systems, optics, lasers and alternative energy. He has also assisted in preparing validity and enforceability opinions.

Prior to joining Fenwick, Charles was an associate ​at a full-service intellectual property firm. Before starting his law career, he worked as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Southern California, worked as a physics engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.

Charles' graduate work focused on non-thermal plasma discharges in combustion applications. He is also experienced in the development and application of high voltage pulse generators for ignition, emissions and biological applications.

  • Publications
    • “OH Production by Transient Plasma and Mechanism of Flame Ignition and Propagation in Quiescent Methane-Air Mixtures”, Combustion and Flame, August 2008 (first author)
    • “Nanosecond Plasma Ignition for Improved Performance of an Internal Combustion Engineer”, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, December 2007 (first author)

Education & Admissions

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
University of Southern California, 2007

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2010

M.S., Electrical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003

B.S., Electrical Engineering
United States Military Academy, 1998

Admitted to practice in California and Washington

Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Groups & Associations

​Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association

Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Member of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association

Member of the Optical Society of America

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