thoughtful, focused, determined advocacy

Mr. Piatnicia works in a broad range of technologies, whether hardware or software, e.g., cell phones, chip design, computer networks, computer controlled machines, disk drives, graphical interfaces, image sensors, LEDs, memory chips, microprocessors, microwave and antenna technology, position sensors, software defined storage, wafer manufacturing, and wireless communications.

Before entering law, he was a senior design engineer at Westinghouse in microwave technology for six years.  Mr. Piatnicia is a former registered Professional Engineer, having passed both required examinations and demonstrated the requisite electrical engineering experience.

Andrew Y. Piatnicia
Founder & Principal
Tel: 408-641-1747

The firm handles matters of various sizes and complexities.  On particular matters with client consent, Piatnicia Legal associates with legal personnel including independent and experienced lawyers.

Mr. Piatnicia founded Piatnicia Legal to represent companies of all sizes, including start-ups and international companies.

A former partner at the international law firm Howrey, Mr. Piatnicia is a litigator and registered patent attorney with over twenty years of combined experience in patent litigation (federal court and ITC), post-grant & reexamination, patent prosecution, and licensing.  He has also advised on trade secrets and testified as an expert witness in binding arbitration. 

  • State Bars:  Only California; District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

  • District of Columbia

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • California State Courts

  • New York University School of Law, J.D, Journal of International Law and Politics, Editorial Staff

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S., Electrical Engineering with published thesis

  • ​University of Dayton, Bachelor Electrical Engineering, cum laude; Honors Program with Honors Thesis; Tau Beta Pi; S.C. Allen Memorial Scholarship; University of Dayton Honors Scholarship

  • German and Russian


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