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About Joel

Joel Couenhoven is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office* of Fish & Richardson P.C.  His practice primarily focuses on patent prosecution and counseling, patent strategy and analysis, portfolio management, and open source and standards due diligence.  He also has experience with patent due diligence, pre-suit investigations, and litigation in the areas of computer science and semiconductor fabrication.

His technical knowledge includes expertise in both computer software and hardware such as artificial intelligence and machine learning; user interfaces and human-computer interaction; graphics; audio and video codecs; web standards; talent management; user-generated content management; speech recognition and synthesis; internet and client-server systems; search systems; parallel computing; virtual machines; cloud computing; e-commerce; advertising; databases; computer security; robotics; 3D printing; consumer electronics devices; mobile devices; computer architecture; and operating systems.  Joel also has prosecution and litigation experience with seismic and imaging systems; magnet recycling; flatbread machinery; and medical devices.

Mr. Couenhoven’s previous experience includes working as a software consultant for the commonwealth of Virginia, where he created a software program to classify people by using a neural network. He also worked for the University of Minnesota’s department of computer science and at Securian Financial.

*Admitted only in California. Not admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. Work conducted in Washington, D.C., is directly supervised by a member of the D.C. bar or is limited to federal courts or agencies listed below or otherwise authorized by law.

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Education

J.D. cum laude, George Mason University School of Law (2019)


B.A. cum laude, Computer Science, Mathematics, St. Olaf College (2006)

Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2011
  • California 2020

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