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Edward A. Becker

Focus: Patents | IP Strategy Development

Mr. Becker concentrates his practice on patent matters, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the computer hardware, software, and semiconductor fields, ex parte and inter partes reexaminations, patent studies and portfolio analysis, and providing client counseling. He has a broad range of technical and business experience from working in both commercial and government environments. As a project engineer at International Business Machines Corporation, he developed hardware and software for IBM's analytical instrument product line. He was the lead software engineer on a large U.S. government space science project for Hughes Danbury Optical Systems, where he designed and developed automated instrumentation and control software.

Professional Background

  • 2000 - present – Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP
  • 1996 - 1999 – Private practice—Silicon Valley law firms
  • 1993 - 1996 – Private practice—Connecticut law firm
  • 1986 - 1993 – Design engineer, International Business Machines Corp. and Hughes Aircraft


  • 1993, J.D. – Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
  • 1986, B.S. – Computer Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut – 1993
  • California – 1997
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office – 1993

Publications and Lectures

"New USPTO Pilot Program to Expedite Appeals," By Tina Wang and Edward Becker, July 3, 2020

“Examination of Means-Plus-Function Patent Claims in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office After In re Donaldson,” The Law Works, 1994

Awards and Honors

  • Northern California Super Lawyers – 2006