King & Kelleher, LLP

King & Kelleher, LLP

At the law office of King & Kelleher, LLP, we are dedicated to helping the businesses of San Francisco and Silicon Valley in the areas of intellectual property and patent law.

Firm Overview

We are a small, boutique law firm that offers highly effective legal help at a reasonable fee to clients. Our goal is to protect your business and its ideas from those looking to unjustly profit from your hard work. We make sure that anyone who walks through our office doors with an original idea that they want to protect gets the results they deserve.

Securing your rights:
When you come to King & Kelleher, LLP, you receive focused attention from lawyers who have more than 55 years of experience in patent and intellectual property law. Our attorneys find the best solutions to protect your ideas and business, and we are prepared to go to court for you if necessary. Patents and intellectual property law are sensitive, complex subjects, and you need attorneys who have the appropriate knowledge to secure your rights to your ideas in the future. At King & Kelleher, LLP, we can provide you with that security without charging exorbitant legal fees. At our firm, you will always receive:
Respected legal counsel -- King & Kelleher, LLP has received abundant praise over the years from both clients and peers. Attorney King is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics
Focused attention - Unlike other firms that try to do too much, King & Kelleher, LLP focuses exclusively on patents and intellectual property law. This allows us the opportunity to keep up with the latest changes in the law and to use our years of experience to constantly improve our services to clients.

Areas of Practice:
King & Kelleher, LLC is fully prepared to help the businesses of San Francisco and Silicon Valley in the following areas:
-Intellectual property
Main Office

The Russ Building
235 Montgomery St.
Suite 1220
San Francisco  CA  94104

  • (415) 781-2888
  • (415) 781-3011
Intellectual Property
Intellectual property originates in the mind of the creator. This type of property receives distinct treatment by the law, and it often gains a special place in the heart of the concept’s architect.
The attorneys at King & Kelleher, LLP have more than 55 years of experience passionately protecting ideas and preserving their potential financial value through:
-Trade secrets

Reaping the rewards of innovation through patent:
Our attorneys understand the thrill an inventor feels when witnessing the transition from concept to paper to product. We also completely agree with the law that you should have the opportunity to enjoy the financial rewards resulting from your hard work. Our attorneys conduct a thorough patent search. After determining that your invention is novel, unobvious and useful, we register your unique design with the U.S. Patent Office. If another company tries to steal your idea, we are immediately by your side demanding that it cease unauthorized use and pay you full compensation.

Protecting your art products through copyright:
You put your soul - and possibly a lifetime commitment - into your art. Nobody has the right to take your work from you, but all too often they do. In addition to pilfering your financial benefits, infringers can harm the integrity of your work by unscrupulously using, producing, duplicating or distributing your art with impunity. Covering a wide spectrum of talents, copyright protects books, photographs, musical compositions, computer programs, movies and many other types of work product. Our attorneys register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office and defend it against unauthorized use.

Preserving your business image through trademark:
A company's unauthorized use of your branding, logo, picture or design creates confusion that can tarnish your business' reputation. Even a product with a similar look can negatively affect your image. Our attorneys file your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If infringement occurs, we immediately step in to help you save your business by obtaining an injunction against the infringing party and pursing all available legal actions.

Safeguarding the trade secrets of your business:
A formula, recipe, method, process or plan is the cornerstone of your business success. When these unique functions are revealed, your company's value is severely compromised. Our attorneys work with you to protect your business secrets through nondisclosure agreements and employment protocols. If an employee or outside party releases protected information, our attorneys are there to help.

Edward King

1979, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
1987, U.S. District Court, Central and Eastern Districts of California

State Bar of California.

Law Clerk: Hon. Richard H. Chambers, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; Hon. Thomas F. Murphy, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1980-1981
Evaluator, Early Neutral Evaluation Program, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (patent, securities)
Arbitrator, Marin County Superior Court, 1985
  • University of California, Berkeley
    B.A. , 1973
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    J.D. , 1978

Dirk van Ausdall

1985, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
1986, Louisiana, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
1988, U.S. Supreme Court
1992, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Louisiana State Bar Association (inactive)
State Bar of California

Order of the Coif
Member, Board of Editors, Tulane Law Review, 1981-1983
Law Clerk, Hon. Morey Sear, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1982-1983
Member: Alumni Board of Directors, University of Chicago, 1986-1989; University of Chicago Alumni Schools Committee, 1984-1989
  • University of Chicago
    B.A. , 1980
  • Tulane University
    J.D., cum laude , 1983

Michael Higgins

1990, California and U.S. District Court, California, Central District, Eastern District and Northern District.

Law Clerk: Justice Edmond W. Burke, Alaska Supreme Court, 1990-91.

Published Work: A Pitch for the Right of Publicity, IP Magazine (Dec. 1998); The Licensing of Athletes' Trademark and Publicity Rights, University of Texas Sports Law Institute (Oct. 1998); Fair Use: In the Courts and Out of Control?, PLI Advanced Copyright Seminar (Co-Author, 1995); Chapter, The Interface Between Antitrust Principles and Those of Intellectual Property Law (Co-Author), Treatise Antitrust Counseling and Litigation Technique (Von Kalinowski ed.) (1994); California Wrongful Discharge Law and the Public Employee, 23 U.C. Davis L.R. 117 (1990).

Member: State Bar of California; American Bar Association
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    B.A. , 1973
  • University of California, Davis School of Law
    J.D. , 1990