With a background in physics and nuclear engineering, Derek West focuses his practice on patent prosecution. He advises clients in a variety of fields, including user interfaces, computer software, and autonomous driving. While in law school, Derek focused his studies on all forms of intellectual property, graduating with UC Berkeley’s Law and Technology Certificate and having taken coursework in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, while writing extensively on issues in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Prior to law school, Derek graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as an officer in the United States Army. As a lieutenant, Derek graduated from the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course and US Army Ranger school before providing valuable leadership in the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Following a promotion to captain, Derek transitioned to the Military Intelligence Corps where he received a Top-Secret security clearance and provided human- and counter-intelligence analysis to US Army Pacific Command while stationed at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii and Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane, Australia.
During law school, Derek was part of the leadership committee of the Military and Veterans at Berkeley Law and a member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. While at Berkeley Law, he used his experience as a military officer to successfully advocate for veteran discharge upgrades.