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Philip McKay




Philip McKay has been Chair of the Patent and Emerging Technology and the Intellectual Property and Internet practice groups since 2013. For 14 years prior to joining Hawley Troxell, Mr. McKay was a founding partner at Gunnison, McKay & Hodgson, LLP, a patent firm in Monterey, California. Mr. McKay has also worked as managing in-house patent counsel for a Fortune 100 Corporation where he supervised multiple patent attorneys and oversaw the patent programs of the hardware and research labs divisions to develop one of the largest patent portfolios in Silicon Valley.

With over 30 years of experience, Mr. McKay has personally prepared and prosecuted hundreds of domestic and foreign patent applications. He has extensive experience helping clients achieve strategic business objectives by providing strategic technology positioning and portfolio management counseling to companies throughout the world and in a wide array of technology sectors.


  • Wood products processing and manufacturing
  • Large scale power production and distribution methods and systems
  • Renewable and “green” energy systems and processes
  • Agricultural equipment, methods and systems
  • Organic soil amendments
  • Refrigeration/heat dissipation technology
  • Mechanical devices
  • Medical devices
  • LASER and optical devices
  • Infrared LASER sighting systems
  • Signal processing
  • Electronic surveillance systems
  • Electronic counter measures and counter-countermeasures
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
  • Cloud-based architecture, security, and services
  • Cloud-implemented financial management and highly sensitive data processing architectures
  • Cluster computing
  • Distributed storage systems
  • “Big Data” processing, utilization, visualization and monitoring
  • Boundlessness multiple platform MFA systems
  • IOT
  • User experience and customer retention/acquisition
  • General software applications and systems
  • Mobile applications and infrastructure
  • Business methods
  • Platform/software as a service systems
  • Microprocessor architecture and design
  • Traditional and low power circuit design and fabrication
  • Solid-state memory system design
  • Wafer scale design and fabrication
  • IC packaging
  • Computing system architecture
  • Peripheral devices and drivers
  • Video compression


Law School:

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., 1993

USC Tax and Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Editor and Senior Editor


University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. Physics cum laude, 1990


Texas State Bar, since 2019

Washington State Bar, since 2015

District of Columbia, since 2015

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, since 1994

California State Bar, since 1993

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Veterans of Foreign Wars

American Legion


Southern California Intellectual Property Law Award, 1992

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