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Jonathan Spangler

Jonathan Spangler

Attorney at Law

San Diego
Licensed in
Patent Bar, CA
University of Dayton School of Law
Strategic IP consulting and Board of Directors (BOD) services focused on start-up companies, leveraging 22+ years of IP experience including USPTO, top-tier law firm, and Chief IP Counsel for leading medical device company from start-up to $1BB. Services a) IP strategy development, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets; b) advising executive management and BOD regarding IP strategy; c) managing the execution of IP strategy, including overseeing and assisting outside counsel for patent preparation and prosecution and freedom-to-operate studies.

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Vice President & Chief IP Counsel

Sep 2001 - Mar 2016

Top IP executive for “game changing” spine surgery company, from start-up (~30 employees & $2.1MM revenue) through year-end 2015 (2,000+ employees & $811MM revenue) with 175+ products and 15-20 product launches/year, now 3rd largest company in the $8.8BB global spine market. Technologies included spinal implants, instrumentation, methodology, biologics, stem cells, and electrical/software.

Sep 2001 - Mar 2016

A-Med Systems

Director of Intellectual Property

Sep 1999 - Sep 2001

Led IP affairs for a start-up cardiac surgery company. Responsibilities included creating in-house IP department, developing and implementing global IP strategy, managing and assisting outside counsel, drafting and negotiating license agreements, development and implantation of trade secret protection protocol and competitive surveillance program, business development, and counseling management.

Sep 1999 - Sep 2001

Arnold White & Durkee


Aug 1997 - Aug 1999

As associate at largest patent boutique in US, focused on patent and trademark litigation, patent prosecution, opinions, and client counseling. Litigation experience included strategy development, pre-suit investigations, arguing motions, deposing witnesses, and preparing discovery requests. Technologies: Medical, electrical, software.

Aug 1997 - Aug 1999

Haugen & Nikolai


Jun 1995 - Jul 1997

Medical device patent prosecution (US and Int’l), including drafting and filing patent applications and responsive amendments, conducting examiner interviews, and handling reexamination and reissue proceedings and appeals. Responsibilities also included licensing, trademark prosecution, client counseling, patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions, and drafting and negotiations regarding IP.

Jun 1995 - Jul 1997

US Patent Office

Examiner in Training

Jun 1993 - Sep 1992

Graduated from the Patent Academy examiner training school and examined patent applications.

Jun 1993 - Sep 1992

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