Dilworth IP is pleased to announce that Erik Chmelar has joined the firm as a senior associate. Dr. Chmelar brings a unique background in both product development and legal practice. His technical experience ranges from software engineering to advanced R&D at industry-leading corporations including Cisco, Xilinx, LSI (Avago/Broadcom), and Stryker Instruments. Dr. Chmelar’s legal experience includes developing and managing patent portfolios at Interdigital Communications, prosecuting patent applications in the wireless/5G and semiconductor arts at Murphy, Bilak & Homiller PLLC., and serving as a technical expert in the computer/semiconductor/telecom industries for patent assertion as well as infringement defense.


In addition to his industry experience, Dr. Chmelar has taught computer and electrical engineering courses as consulting faculty at Stanford University and as adjunct faculty at Saginaw Valley State University. He also coaches entrepreneurs on business and technology aspects of starting a company, drawing on his own experience co-founding a small company in the consumer goods space.


Dr. Chmelar holds MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, an MBA in management from Western Michigan University, and a JD from the University of Michigan. He holds two BS degrees, the first in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University and the second in chemical physics from Saginaw Valley State University.


“The vision of Dilworth IP is summed up in our tagline, We Patent the Future®. What is so exciting about the addition of Erik to our team is that he has worked at the intersection of innovation and law, both engineering the future and protecting it,” says Michael Dilworth, founder and managing partner. “With his dual expertise and business acumen, we know that Erik will bring high-value expertise to our clients.”


Erik’s bio can be found here.


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