Our team

Our diversity of legal and technical backgrounds and expertise is the backbone of our team, providing us with the range to deliver the service our clients expect and need.

  • "Attention to details and strategic thinking are key."

    Alessandro Steinfl

    Partner

    Alessandro Steinfl

    Partner

    Alessandro Steinfl

    Partner

    Chess player and natural born organizer Sandro has broad and deep body of knowledge in US, European and foreign law and in several other subjects.

    Sandro’s intimate understanding for math, electrical engineering and software is accompanied by a sense of perfectionism and morality that he adds to his work.
    Patient and good listener, Sandro is an excellent teacher and team leader. He organizes his work like a chess player: moving pieces and constantly shifting from position to position with consideration and intelligence, always assessing new tactics, strategies and contingency plans, constantly outmaneuvering others in order to maintain control of a situation while maximizing their freedom to move about.

    Alessandro Steinfl is a U.S. Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney. He was a partner with the Los Angeles office of Ladas & Parry. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, he was at the Italian Intellectual Property firm of Società Italiana Brevetti in Rome.
    Alessandro has been a patent practitioner, either as attorney or agent, since 1993. He represents clients on a wide range of IP-related technical areas including semiconductor technology, computer software, hardware, nanotechnology and business methods.
    Alessandro received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 2004 and his Laurea Specialistica (Masters Equivalent) degree in Electronic Engineering issued by the Italian University System (Università Sapienza di Roma) in 1993.
    He is admitted to the State Bar of California, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Italian Patent and Trademark Office. He has been admitted to the European Patent Office.

    Alessandro has authored the European Patent Protection of E-Commerce Technology (From .Com to Millionaire – The Silicon Valley Phenomenon, San Francisco, May 12, 2000) and The Doctrine of Equivalents Through the Eyes of the European Patent Convention (CASRIP Symposium Publication Series No. 6, July 2001 at 114).

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  • "Passion pushes you to give everything you have."

    Enrica Bruno

    Founder and Partner

    Enrica Bruno

    Founder and Partner

    Enrica Bruno

    Founder and Partner

    Enrica Bruno is a U.S. Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, Co-Chair of AIPLA IPP in Europe Committee and CEIPI tutor.

    Enrica lectured on patents in CEIPI courses and for various institutions including the American Chamber of Commerce, the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section, Ordine dei Consulenti in Proprieta’ Industriale, the Association of Patent & Trademark Attorneys in the Italian Industry and various Universities including the Academia Sinica in Taiwan and the California Institute of Technology.

    Enrica’s primary areas of practice include biotechnology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, organometallic chemistry, design and mechanical arts.
    Enrica has extensive professional experience in Europe and the U.S. managing world-wide patent portfolios, developing intellectual property strategies for protecting companies’ technology, preparing and prosecuting national and PCT patent applications before the U.S. and European Patent Office, prosecuting patents in other countries, due diligence, litigation support, and drafting agreements relating to various areas of intellectual property.

    Prior to founding Steinfl+Bruno, Enrica was with the Los Angeles office of Greenberg Traurig and later in-house IP counsel at Materia Inc. Prior to moving to California, she also practiced at the Italian Intellectual Property firm of Società Italiana Brevetti in Rome.
    Enrica is admitted to the State Bar of California, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Italian Patent and Trademark Office. She has been admitted to practice law in Italy and before the European Patent Office.

    Enrica earned both a Laurea Specialistica (Masters Equivalent) degree in Biology and the equivalent of a Juris Doctorate both issued by the Italian University System (Università degli Studi di Palermo).

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  • "I refuse to take no for an answer and failure is not an option."

    Ron Perez

    Patent Attorney

    Ron Perez

    Patent Attorney

    Ron Perez

    Patent Attorney

    Ron Perez is a U.S. Patent Attorney.
    He is admitted to the State Bar of California and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Ron received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University, Columbus and his M.B.A from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison.

    Ron has extensive industry and litigation experience. He has represented Fortune 500 corporations, mid-cap companies, startup ventures and university technology transfer departments, working in fields such as material science, energy resources, healthcare and nanotechnology.
    Ron’s chemical engineering background and legal practice include experience with a broad range of devices and processes that are well suited for providing patent validity, patent infringement, patentability and right-to-operate (clearance) opinions. Ron’s business background provides sound counseling to construct an intellectual property strategy that matches the client's, business plan, R & D development strategy and marketing goals.

    Ron has over twenty-five years of intellectual property experience, his current practice is focused on patent procurement and portfolio management with an emphasis on emerging technologies, such as applied materials, medical devices, diagnostic instruments, and clean energy, for example, fuel cells, solar cells, wind power and bio-fuels.

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  • "Don't Panic."

    Brian Cash

    Patent Attorney

    Brian Cash

    Patent Attorney

    Brian Cash

    Patent Attorney

    Brian Cash is an electrical engineer with a passion for biotech, software and the law.

    Brian is very attentive to details and has a natural propensity to identify the worst case scenario in any situation. Great team player can lead and support depending on the occasion. Brian has a great interest for the law, related applications, and related evolution. Brian follows closely the case law and is a key member of the firm’s team on eligibility issues.

    Brian Cash is a Patent Attorney, with experience in telecommunications, software, internet technologies, semiconductor design, photonics/optics, and biotechnology.
    Brian obtained his BSEE from Purdue University, with a specialization in electro-optical engineering. He received his JD in law at McGeorge School of Law (University of the Pacific) with an emphasis in Intellectual Property.
    Prior to becoming a Patent Attorney, Brian worked for nine years as a test engineer for Nortel Networks, eventually becoming a team leader for major telecommunication projects. Brian has also worked as a web designer/programmer for an internet-based startup venture.
    Since graduating from law school in 2006, Brian has prosecuted patents and provided patent prosecution consulting for a wide variety of clients and technologies, from baby seats and cosmetics cases to quantum computing and DNA analysis software. Brian also has extensive experience with non-US applications - especially for the European Patent Office, Japan, and China - PCT applications, and US design applications. Brian is a key member of the firm’s legal research efforts, particularly in the area of patent eligibility under 35 USC 101.

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  • "I believe curiosity and desire to acquire knowledge are essential."

    Jiancong Xu

    Patent Agent

    Jiancong Xu

    Patent Agent

    Jiancong Xu

    Patent Agent

    Jiancong Xu is a Patent Agent registered with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Her practice covers a broad range of technical areas, including chemistry, biotech, computational modeling, bioinformatics, medical devices, material science, and many interdisciplinary areas that combine chemistry and biology with computer science and mathematics.

    Jiancong received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Utah, where her research was directed towards the development and implementation of theoretical and computational chemistry methods to study proton translocation in biomolecular systems. Prior to her doctoral studies, Jiancong received a M.Sc. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Heidelberg in Germany where her research was focused on performing bioinformatic and electrostatic calculations of membrane proteins. Jiancong also received a B.Sc. in Biology from Fudan University in China. Jiancong has authored over 15 peer-reviewed research articles in esteemed journals.

    Prior to becoming a Patent Agent, Jiancong worked as a research fellow at the BioEnergy Science Center of Oak Ridge National Lab where she participated in research projects related to computational and experimental characterization of microbe-enzymes-biomass interaction in biomass recalcitrance. Jiancong also taught classes at the university and community-college level including physical chemistry and biochemistry.
    Jiancong is fluent in Mandarin.

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  • "Intuition leads to where others fail to see."

    Lun–Cong Dong

    Patent Agent

    Lun–Cong Dong

    Patent Agent

    Lun–Cong Dong

    Patent Agent

    Lun–Cong Dong is a Patent Agent registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with over a decade of academic and industrial experience.

    Lun received a B.S. in Chemistry from Xiamen University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University. He spent two years doing postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

    Prior to becoming a Patent Agent, and in addition to building patent classification schedules and reclassifying U.S. patents and publications for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Lun-Cong spent over ten years in the biopharmaceutical industry as a senior scientist in medicinal and organic chemistry.

    Lun-Cong has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed scientific publications on bioactive organic molecules.
    Lun-Cong has over three years of patent prosecution experience, and his practice areas include the drafting and successful prosecution of patent applications related to general chemistry, including material science, carbon nanotubes, polymer science, paints, catalysts, molecular sieves, electrochemistry, fuel cells, organic semiconductor materials, pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals.

    Lun-Cong enjoys Bruce Lee movies and has an interest in Qigong practice.
    Lun-Cong is fluent in Taiwanese and Mandarin.

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  • "Intuition is the driving force in human decision making."

    Vincent Look

    Patent Attorney

    Vincent Look

    Patent Attorney

    Vincent Look

    Patent Attorney

    Vincent Look is a patent attorney with over a decade of industry experience as an electrical engineer and a software engineer in Aerospace, Defense, Electric Vehicles, Solar, Power Electronics, Embedded Software, User Interface, and Battery technology.

    Vincent received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern Law School, where he graduated Cum Laude and was an editor on Southwestern Law Review. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University.

    Vincent is deeply passionate about technology and design, including all things related to artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT, and fintech.

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  • "An application is just like a product. Precision in planning and execution are paramount."

    Marc K. Parvaneh

    Technical Specialist

    Marc K. Parvaneh

    Technical Specialist

    Marc K. Parvaneh

    Technical Specialist

    Marc K. Parvaneh is a Senior Technology Specialist with experience in the areas of semiconductor technology, video codecs, digital signal processing, analog/digital filter design and analog/digital circuit design.

    Prior to joining Steinfl & Bruno LLP, Marc spent over 20 years in the optical disc industry where he held various positions in an industry leading company with global presence, ranging from Electronic Design Engineer in charge of designing a broad spectrum of industry innovative products, to Chief Technology Officer in charge of all technical activity related to company's core products and developments, ensuring company's position as a global leader in the field of optical disc.

    As an optical disc expert, Marc is well versed in player design, disc data formats, codec algorithms, copy protection schemes, digital media preparation, multiplexing and authoring, data verification, Digital Rights Management (DRM) and data distribution.

    As a design engineer, Marc is well versed with analog and digital design techniques, software and firmware design using various programming languages, Electromechanical and electro-optical design using lasers, modulators, linear stages, air-bearings, spindles and other.

    Marc has an M.S. in Systems Engineering from U.C.L.A. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Paris XI - Orsay.

    Marc is fluent in English, French, Italian and Farsi.

  • "Strength in patent prosecution comes from experience, knowledge, insight and determination."

    Massimo Barbagallo

    Technical Specialist

    Massimo Barbagallo

    Technical Specialist

    Massimo Barbagallo

    Technical Specialist

    Massimo Barbagallo is a Senior Technology Specialist with experience in the areas of semiconductor technology, electrical engineering, high vacuum technology, laser technology and general physics.

    Prior to joining Steinfl & Bruno LLP, Massimo was a postdoctoral researcher in different Universities around the world, from Cambridge (UK), to South Korea, Germany and Texas.

    Massimo has authored a few peer-reviewed scientific papers in the area of spintronics. His academic interests include magnetism and quantum computation. While working in patent prosecution, Massimo has expanded his expertise to a large array of technical concepts, with emphasis on the integration of technology into everyday life, such as wearable electronics and audio/video processing in entertainment systems.

    Massimo holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK, an M.Sc. in Microsystems and nanotechnology from Cranfield University, UK, and an M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Torino, Italy.

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  • "I am determined to obtain the best results in every case; nothing less is acceptable."

    Anna B. Buchman

    Technical Specialist

    Anna B. Buchman

    Technical Specialist

    Anna B. Buchman

    Technical Specialist

    Anna Basalova Buchman is a Technology Specialist in Molecular Biology and Genetics, with experience in genetics, bioengineering (including CRISPR/Cas9), synthetic biology, and sequence analysis.

    Anna obtained her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she focused on genetic engineering approaches to population manipulation. She also received a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Population Genetics from Sam Houston State University.

    Prior to becoming a Technology Specialist, Anna conducted postdoctoral research at both Caltech and UC Riverside, where she worked on developed gene drive mechanisms using CRISPR/Cas9 and other genetic engineering techniques. Anna has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed scientific papers in population genetics.
    In addition to her research experience, Anna also extensive experience teaching both laboratory and lecture classes in various areas of biology and tutoring private clients.

    Anna’s areas of IP practice and experience include drafting and prosecuting patents related to molecular biology, bioengineering, genetics, synthetic biology, cell biology, and microbiology.
    Anna is fluent in Russian.

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  • "Being successful in my profession requires a great deal of passion."

    Sina Mirsaidi

    Technical Specialist

    Sina Mirsaidi

    Technical Specialist

    Sina Mirsaidi

    Technical Specialist

    Sina Mirsaidi is a Technology Specialist with expertise and knowledge in various Electrical Engineering applications such as, Integrated Photonics and high speed transceivers, Telecommunications, broadband optical/wireless systems.

    He is an expertise also in speech/Signal/Image processing, Acoustic Doppler signal processing and current profiling Long Haul fiber optics based DWDM systems Computer systems/architecture, Integrated circuits and digital/analog electronics, Optical components and photonics.

    Sina worked in the design and development of broadband wireless access products at Nortel Network, and later advanced to product definition and design of the company’s Long Haul (LH) fiber-optic-based Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) systems. Sina focused on optical networks as a system architect for Ceyba Inc, developing innovative high speed optical systems.

    Sina spent five years developing advanced Silicon Photonics technologies used for high speed, fully integrated, fiber-optics based transceivers as system engineering manager in charge of design, development and characterization of high speed transceivers at Luxtera. Sina spent three years specialized in advanced Silicon Photonics technologies also for fiber-optics based transceivers as the system engineering lead for Teledyne RD Instruments.

    Sina received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from École Supérieure d’Électricité (SUPELEC), Paris, France, and University of Paris XI, Orsay France, respectively. He is the author and co-author of numerous technical articles published in conference proceedings and leading peer-reviewed journals and more than 100 white papers and technical reports. He is also a co-inventor of two patents in the area of Photonics integration and high speed design.

    Sina is fluent in English, French and Farsi.