Dan Dawes graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and went on to earn a Masters of Science degree in Physics from the University of Oregon, Eugene, in condensed matter physics. At Bell Telephone Laboratories, Mr. Dan Dawes participated as a member of a research team in metallurgical research, exploring the electrical properties of alloys and semiconductors. He then served in the Commissioned Corp. of the United States Public Health Service at the Bureau of Radiological Health as a biomedical engineer. He worked in a research laboratory with a multidisciplinary group of life and medical scientists, ranging from entomologists, nutritionists, veterinarians, physicians, radiologists, biologists, and others. Mr. Dawes received a JD degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1974. He has worked on a wide variety of intellectual property matters involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition, and licensing in both prosecution contexts as well as litigation with the firm of Spensley, Horn, Jubas and Lubitz in Century City, California. In particular, he prepared and prosecuted a number of patents related to computer and digitally related inventions, including writing the patents for the Intel 8086 and 8087 math chips, which were chosen as the CPU set in the first IBM personal computer, transducers, remittance processing business equipment, data tape recorders, and in-flight projection systems. He then served as in-house patent counsel for Bell and Howell Company in Pasadena, California, where he provided corporate patent services for five company divisions. He was then recruited by George Lucas to assist in legal affairs for the merchandising of the Star Wars films. As vice president and intellectual property general counsel of Lucasfilm Ltd., Mr. Dawes was extensively involved in merchandising the Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones series of films under George Lucas. Duties involved copyright enforcement in the films and licensed goods and establishing, prosecuting and managing an extensive trademark portfolio around the world as well as supporting the licensing efforts in merchandising the film properties. Mr. Dawes returned to private practice with Beehler and Pavitt in Los Angeles and worked for a wide variety of clients on a variety of technologies, including on helicopter design for Hughes Helicopters and later for McDonnell-Douglas, and for Christensen Diamond Tool Company relating to diamond petroleum drill bits and oil well tooling.
Some of Mr. Dawes major clients include the University of California, California Institute of Technology, and Pressure Products Medical Supplies Inc. of Santa Barbara. Mr. Dawes has established special concentrations in MEMS, nanotechnologies, laser based biomedical imaging and treatments, and biomedical devices. He has done extensive patent work in domestic and foreign patenting of the Guglielmi Detachable Coils, a brain aneurysm catheter and implantation system, which has virtually replaced craniotomies as the standard treatment for brain aneurysms. He then joined Graham and James LLP, a large 600-member international general law firm with multiple offices in multiple countries and cities, founding the IP department for the firm in Orange County, California. Mr. Dawes later joined with two other patent attorneys in Orange County to cofound the firm of Myers, Dawes and Andras LLP in Irvine, California, which grew to eight attorneys and where he served as senior partner until July 1, 2008 before founding Dawes Patent Law Group in Huntington Beach, California, with his son, Mr. Marcus Dawes, where he presently continues his practice in IP law before the U.S. Patent Office and through a network of established foreign associates in the European Patent Office, Chinese Patent Office, Japanese Patent Office and other patent offices around the world.