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Erik Chmelar works at the intersection of technology, business, and law to develop practical intellectual property strategies that achieve meaningful results for his clients. He takes a comprehensive approach to his clients’ needs, leveraging over 20 years of industry experience as an engineer, research scientist, project manager, entrepreneur, professor, and patent attorney.

Erik spent more than a decade at leading Silicon Valley corporations advancing the state-of-the-art in high-speed SerDes PHY receivers and VLSI-circuit testing methods. He later applied his expertise to the medical device industry to research and develop smart medical devices and advanced surgical robotics. In parallel, Erik also founded several startups, both in the high-tech semiconductor industry as well as the low-tech consumer products industry.

Erik writes and prosecutes patents from several critical perspectives. As an experienced technologist, he distills complex inventions down to their fundamental elements. As a successful entrepreneur and corporate business leader, he uses technology roadmaps to inform drafting strategies for patent claims. Finally, as an experienced expert witness for both offensive and defensive litigation, he knows how to write strong patents to withstand scrutiny in court. Whether his clients are developing new technologies, defending against competitors, or asserting patents against infringers, Erik tenaciously helps his clients create, protect, and use their intellectual property to the fullest.


  • Founded a company that created a simple cargo tie-strap product, which achieved annual revenue of approximately $1M before licensing out the IP on favorable terms
  • Created licensable patent portfolios for a client through external research and innovation, which included negotiating service and IP agreements with commercial research labs, universities, startups, and independent inventors
  • Served as an industry mentor and an instructor for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program, helping early-stage startups develop viable business models
  • Developed and taught electrical, computer, and telecommunications engineering courses at public and private universities
  • Inventor with more than 30 patents

Technology Areas

  • Semiconductor electronics: digital circuitry, synthesis, physical design and layout, test, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), microcontrollers
  • Telecommunications: high-speed serial communications (SerDes PHY), 5G wireless (3GPP), standards-essential patents (SEPs)
  • Internet-of-things (IoT): sensors / haptics, connected/autonomous vehicles, virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR), smart buildings
  • Medical devices: smart orthopedic power tools, boundary constraint robotics
  • Consumer products: cargo tie-downs, sports equipment