Prior to founding this firm, Dr. Washko worked at several of the top patent litigation firms in the country, including Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, and Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. He also previously worked for Justice Marilyn Kelley of the Michigan Supreme Court, and was a registered patent agent at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.

Dr. Washko's current work has primarily focused on patent infringement cases involving electronics, internet, and telecommunications technologies.  He has represented patent plaintiffs, as well as defended large technology companies against infringement claims.  His depth of knowledge regarding the way large companies defend cases is a considerable asset to his plaintiff clients.  He has also handled a variety of other civil litigation matters.

Prior to practicing law, Dr. Washko worked as an engineer and managed international project teams from concept through production. He also worked in research labs on advanced engine systems, hybrid powertrains, and hydrogen systems, and worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on advanced energy generation. Additionally, Dr. Washko has worked in the biomedical arena on orthopaedic implant designs and injury biomechanics, and completed biomedical research projects for the Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). During his doctorate, he researched the biomedical applications of MEMS devices and microfluidics, and worked in microfabrication labs to fabricate and test BioMEMS and sensors. Dr. Washko also taught as an adjunct professor of engineering at Wayne State University and Lawrence Technological University.

Dr. Washko is a member of the American Bar Association, California Bar Association, Washington Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Oregon Bar Association, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


Dr. Washko's publications and presentations include the following:

“Should Ethics Play a Special Role In Patent Law?,” 19 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1027 (2006).

“Experimental and Simulation Analysis of PFI-SI Engine for Fuel Economy Improvement, SAE Powertrain & Fluid Systems Conference & Exhibition,” 05FFL-96 (2005)

“Fuel Economy Improvement Potential of a PFI Gasoline Engine Using VVT/VCR, ASME,” Fall ICE Conf., ICEF2004-941 (2004)

“A Microfluidic Artificial Retina Prosthesis, Association for Research in Vision and Optics,” (ARVO) Conference (2003)

“Development of a Microfluidic Drug Delivery Neural Stimulating Device for Vision,”Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 44 (2003)


Frank M. Washko


(415) 545-8040


Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Georgetown University Law Center

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Mechanical Engineering, minor in Electrical Engineering -
Wayne State University

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Wayne State University

Master of Science (M.S.)
Wayne State University

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Wayne State University


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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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Eastern District of California
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