Jones Day Welcomes Carl A. Kukkonen, III as Intellectual Property Partner (San Diego)

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Carl A. Kukkonen, III has joined the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice, and will be based in its San Diego Office. Mr. Kukkonen arrives from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, and Popeo in San Diego.

Mr. Kukkonen focuses on the software, electrical engineering, medical devices, and energy industries among other key industries and technologies that impact clients in the technology cluster of San Diego, one of the country’s leading innovation hubs. He has significant experience in all aspects of patent law for international technology powerhouses.

“The addition of Carl diversifies the already substantial San Diego IP team and makes it even stronger,” said Anthony M. Insogna, the leader of Jones Day’s Intellectual Property Practice. “Jones Day continues to be among the leading firms in Post Grant Review proceedings with the U.S. Patent Office. Carl is a trusted advisor to Jones Day clients that will be active in IPRs and we are excited that he’s here to help us service and grow these client relationships and our technology practice throughout the world.”

Mr. Kukkonen is also experienced in licensing as well as conducting intellectual property audits and due diligence for companies and investors preparing for high-stakes transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, venture financings, and public security offerings. He has counseled medical device companies, software and other technology companies, energy companies, and companies involved in the aerospace, transportation, and food processing sectors, among others, in the strategic development of their patent portfolios and partnering agreements.

“Carl is a highly talented attorney with a substantial background in high stakes patent matters covering a number of important technologies,” said Karen Hewitt, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s San Diego Office. “Carl has advised common clients on more than 1,000 patent applications related to various offerings, including analytics, enterprise search, business intelligence, and workflow processes. This will be invaluable to both those and other Jones Day clients around the world requiring leading patent advice, so his addition will be synergistic.”

“Carl’s diverse technology background is yet another addition to our deep and strong litigation capabilities across a wide array of dispute practices,” said Christopher Lovrien, Jones Day’s Partner-in-Charge of California. “As the seventh partner and of counsel arrival in California in the last 12 months, and the third in San Diego in the same time span, his arrival reflects our commitment to adding lawyers in every emerging aspect of the law to best serve our clients.”

Mr. Kukkonen earned his J.D. with honors from George Washington University and a B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College. He has been twice named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 25 Portfolio Managers/Patent Prosecutors in California (2014 – 2015).  In addition, Carl was recently named a 2015 Southern California Super Lawyer (Intellectual Property) and is an eight-time San Diego Daily Transcript Top Attorney.