Carl A. Kukkonen III

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San Diego
Los Angeles
San Francisco


  • George Washington University (JD, with honors, 1998)
  • Harvey Mudd College (BS, Engineering, 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Carl’s practice focuses on strategic intellectual property counseling, including advice on patent infringement and validity, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, US and international trademark counseling and prosecution, branding strategies, trademark and copyright infringement, domain name disputes, and licensing.

Carl has drafted and prosecuted patents on behalf of entities ranging from individual inventors to large multinationals in diverse technical areas, including high technology/software, medical devices, and clean technology.

Before joining Mintz Levin, Carl worked for a national intellectual property law firm, a European intellectual property law firm, and a Los Angeles area high-technology incubator as its general counsel.

While in law school, he served as a legal extern for the Honorable Randall R. Rader, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as for Ranking Member Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. in connection with the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Representative Matters

  • Software and High Technology: enterprise software, Web 2.0 and business methods, cloud computing, big data, mobile phone software and hardware, semiconductors, telecommunications, nanotechnology, optical devices, computer and microchip architecture, signal and image processing
  • Medical Devices: medication delivery devices, wireless health care, patient monitoring systems, physiological sensors, ophthalmic technologies, bone fixation plates and systems
  • Clean Technology: process and atmospheric sensors, solar technologies, water and wind turbines, fuel cells, water purification, energy efficiency technologies
  • Miscellaneous: aerospace, automotive/transportation, food processing

Recognitions & Awards

  • Daily Journal: Named Among Top 25 Portfolio Managers/Patent Prosecutors in California (2014)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript: Top Attorneys (2006 – 2008, 2011 –  2014)
  • San Diego Metropolitan: 40 Under 40 (2009)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Board member, CONNECT
  • Board member, CleanTECH San Diego (2008 – 2012)
  • Board member, San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum (2007 – 2011)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Software and Business Methods Committee