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Andrew D. Fortney


  • UCLA (B.S., Chemistry), 1985
  • Princeton University
    (M.S., Chemistry), 1987
  • Princeton University
    (Ph.D., Chemistry), 1990
  • George Washington University School of Law (J.D.), 1995



  • CAFC, 2016
  • California, 1995
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1990






Andrew D. Fortney, Ph.D.

Drew received his B.S. in Chemistry from UCLA in 1985, his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Princeton University in 1987 and 1990, respectively, and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1995. Drew is admitted to practice in California (1995) and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (1990), and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2016).

Drew began his career in patent law in 1990, preparing and prosecuting patent applications in all areas of the chemical arts and biotechnology, obtaining some experience in various mechanical and electrical arts over the next few years. In 1995, Drew testified at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hearing on patent protection for biological inventions, was an invited speaker at the Ninth International Biotechnology Industry Organization meeting in San Francisco, California, and gave seminars on (i) the Utility Examination Guidelines for biotechnology inventions, (ii) the changes in the U.S. patent laws resulting from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and (iii) laws, rules and strategies pertaining to provisional patent applications.

In 1996, Drew joined Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, where he supervised and/or managed nearly all aspects of corporate legal activity, including intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing), litigation and dispute resolution, contracts, leases and real property transactions, and merger and acquisition due diligence. During Drew’s tenure, Cypress’ patent portfolio grew from about 60 issued patents to nearly 700; the new application filing rate went from about 90 original applications/year to nearly 300; a number of fundamental and/or pioneering semiconductor process technology and product architecture patent applications were prepared and prosecuted; a trademark program was established; two patent lawsuits (Chou Li and EMI Group) were successfully defended; a Joint Defense Group was formed in the Lemelson v. Lucent et al. litigation; and four major patent cross-licenses were finalized.

In 2002, Drew started private practice in Fresno, California. Drew and his firm have helped clients large and small to resolve patent, trademark and trade secret disputes, negotiate important technology agreements and patent licenses, acquire intellectual property assets, and accomplish important business objectives with patents and other intellectual property.

With his diverse, yet in-depth experience, Drew is able to prepare and prosecute patent and trademark registration applications in all areas of technology; litigate a wide variety of intellectual property matters; draft, revise and/or negotiate a wide variety of contracts (e.g., licenses, joint development agreements, merger and/or acquisition agreements, settlement agreements, and sales and purchase agreements), and advise clients large or small on intellectual property, dispute resolution and transactional issues.