ATTORNEYS

Our legal team consists of three registered patent attorneys, each having many years of real-world engineering experience and many years of legal experience, one intellectual property attorney, and one technical consultant. These team members include:

Richard T. Lyon (Partner/Registered Patent Attorney)

  • Professional Credentials:
    • Admitted to California Bar, 1992
    • U.S. District Court, Central/Southern Districts of California, 1993, 1997
    • Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1992
  • Education:
    • University of Kansas, (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1982)
    • Ventura College of Law (J.D., Valedictorian, 1992)
  • Work History:
    • Partner, Lyon & Harr, LLP, Oxnard, California, November 1997 to present
    • Partner, Michaelson & Wallace, Ventura, California 1995-1997
    • Associate Patent Attorney, Michaelson & Wallace, Ventura, California, 1992-1995
    • Project Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Missile Systems Department, Port Hueneme, California, 1982-1992
  • Practice Areas:
    • Patents
    • Trademarks
  • Issued Patents Prepared by Rick

Katrina A. (Harr) Lyon (Partner/Registered Patent Attorney)

  • Professional Credentials:
    • Admitted to California Bar, 1996
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1996
    • Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1998
  • Education:
    • Michigan State University (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1983)
    • Completed Department of the Navy Electronics Engineering conversion program (1986)
    • University of Southern California, (M.S. Systems Management with dual specialty options in Research & Development and Systems Technology, Phi Kappa Phi (top 4% of graduating class), 1989)
    • Ventura College of Law, (J.D., Valedictorian, 1996)
  • Work History:
    • Partner and Registered Patent Attorney, Lyon & Harr, LLP, Oxnard, California, November 1998 to present
    • Associate Attorney/Law Clerk, Michaelson & Wallace, Ventura, California, June 1994 to May 1997
    • Test Lead and Test Director for the technical and operational testing and analysis of several high profile DOD weapons systems in both land-based and shipboard environments, Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, Port Hueneme, California, 1983-1998
  • Practice Areas:
    • Patents
    • Trademarks
  • Additional Languages:
    • German
  • Issued Patents Prepared by Katrina

Mark A. Watson (Registered Patent Attorney)

  • Professional Credentials:
    • Admitted to California Bar, 1997
    • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1997
  • Education:
    • California State University, Northridge, (B.S. Engineering, May 1987)
    • Ventura College of Law (J.D., January 1997)
  • Work History:
    • Registered Patent Attorney, Lyon & Harr, LLP, Oxnard, California, February 2000 to present
    • Test Director and Project Engineer for operational and survivability testing of multiple DOD and NATO weapons systems in various simulated environments, land-based environments and shipboard environments, Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, Port Hueneme, California, 1987-2000
  • Practice Areas:
    • Patents
    • Trademarks
  • Issued Patents Prepared by Mark

Ashley E. Steinbach (Intellectual Property Attorney)

  • Professional Credentials:
    • Admitted to California Bar, 2003
  • Education:
    • University of California San Diego, (B.S. Cognitive Science, 1998)
    • University of San Francisco School of Law, (J.D., 2002)
  • Work History:
    • Intellectual Property Attorney, Lyon & Harr, LLP, Oxnard, California, 2003 to present
  • Practice Areas:
    • Trademarks
    • Copyrights
    • Domain Name Disputes

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Stephen P. Ricca (Technical Consultant)

  • Professional Credentials:
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies
  • Education:
    • Cornell University, (M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1982)
    • Rutgers University, (B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1981)
    • Rutgers University, (B.A. Music, 1981)
  • Work History:
    • Technical Consultant, Lyon & Harr, LLP, Oxnard, California, July 2005 to present
    • Senior Vice President of Engineering & IT, Line 6, April 2003 to June 2004
    • Vice President of Engineering - INS Edge Access Systems Business Unit, Lucent Technologies, August 1997 to January 2003
    • Chief Technology Officer, Osicom Technologies, February 1996 to July 1997
    • Director of Engineering & IT - LAN & Remote Access Products Business Unit, Rockwell Network Systems, May 1991 to February 1992
    • Principal Member of Technical Staff, High Speed LAN Engineering, Rockwell Network Systems, May 1991 to February 1992
    • Member of Technical Staff, Medical Systems and Health Care Networks, AT&T Bell Laboratories, December 1984 to April 1991
    • Member of Technical Staff, Lightwave Transmission Systems, AT&T Bell Laboratories, June 1981 to November 1984