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November 2000







After a rather long transition from our Woodside office to our Menlo Park office, we are currently undergoing an internal makeover. Fernandez & Associates would like to welcome Maritza Couto-Kidd to the team. Maritza, our new associate and office manager, is joining our team since relocating from Venezuela.

While we warmly welcome Maritza, we are also announcing that Irene Hu, a Partner, is on sabbatical leave. Her return date is yet to be determined.

While these transitions are currently taking place, Dennis Fernandez, a known intellectual property and business strategist, continues to serve as an advisor to numerous hot Silicon Valley start-ups. Dennis plays a vital role in a lifespan of a start-up by providing strategic advice, drawing from his unique skills and experience as a technologist, a venture capitalist, and a patent attorney. During his career, he made stops at Fenwick & West, Walden Group, Digital Equipment, and others.

Also playing a vital role is our Senior Patent Attorney, Peter Su. Before joining Fernandez & Associates, Peter practiced patent and intellectual property law at the general practice firm of Fenwick & West, and the intellectual property firm of Skjerven Morrill MacPherson Franklin & Friel. He also worked as a design engineer at Advance Micro Devices, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu Fraternities.

Joe Hustein maintains his position as an Of Counsel with knowledge in the fields of systems management, industrial design, and electrical engineering.

Fernandez & Associates would also like to welcome Manny Madriaga, Rambod Nader, and Leo Peters. They have recently joined Mary Chow, Tim Huang, Renee Jocowitz, Steven Rechter, Allen Samuels, and Steve Schulman—rounding out our current patent prosecution team.

In addition, we welcome Jiajia Gu and Erik Olson, who have joined the firm as patent clerks.

Fernandez & Associates welcomes each new member and is looking forward to working with each individual. Fernandez & Associates would also like to thank our current team members for their dedication, creativity, and time.

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