Toney Jacobson is a patent attorney who specializes in enabling rapid client growth and success. Toney develops custom, proactive IP strategies to address the specific needs of and challenges facing his clients, which range from early stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. His practice further involves counseling clients in IP protection and enforcement matters, developing internal patent programs for companies that minimize the amount of time required from inventors and in-house portfolio managers, and growing/maintaining portfolios ranging from fewer than five patent assets to more than a thousand.
Notable aspects of Toney’s practice:
- His background as a chip designer, control systems engineer, and mathematician position him to obtain broad and comprehensive protection on behalf of his clients for innovations at the intersection of hardware and software. Examples include discoveries in consumer devices and electronics, robotics, IoT, medical devices, video game technology, camera hardware, image processing, and data security.
- Toney works closely with clients to obtain design patents to protect the look and feel of hardware devices and software interfaces as a cost-effective and expedited means to obtain patent protection. Toney has prosecuted over 300 design patent applications in the US, Europe, China, Korea, and other jurisdictions. Further, he facilitates enforcement of design patents outside of the courtroom, for instance by targeting e-commerce and app store conduits to restrict the distribution of infringing products.
- Toney is involved with various startup incubators, including most recently the Runway Incubator. He has also helped developed IP strategies for multiple Y Combinator companies, and is listed as the top choice for IP attorneys in the Y Combinator hardware user manual.
Toney attended U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and first joined Fenwick in 2008. Before law school, Toney worked as a control systems engineer for Sandia National Labs. Toney has a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from UC Davis, and Bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of Idaho.