about the firm


In law, there is no substitute for experience.  Owens Tarabichi prides itself on its depth of experience.  Founded by David R. Owens and Bruno W. Tarabichi, Owens Tarabichi draws on their combined decades of experience representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors in intellectual property, business contracts and disputes, and litigation.

David Owens is licensed to practice law in California and is a registered patent attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He has been practicing law since 1995 focusing on intellectual property litigation, patent and trademark registration, and intellectual property counseling.  Mr. Owens also focuses on related business matters including various intellectual property contracts and business litigation.  Mr. Owens was a partner in the intellectual property group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, a large general practice firm, and prior to that, he was a partner at Pennie & Edmonds LLP, a well‑respected intellectual property boutique.  He also served as in-house patent counsel for Electric Power Research Institute.

Bruno Tarabichi received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 2001 and has been licensed member of the State Bar of California since 2001.  Mr. Tarabichi’s practice focuses on trademark, copyright, and Internet law; intellectual property litigation; and related business disputes.  Prior to co-founding Owens Tarabichi, Mr. Tarabichi practiced law in the intellectual property group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, a general practice firm with over 1,300 attorneys in 22 office worldwide, and in the trademark copyright group at Pennie & Edmonds LLP, a 200 attorney intellectual property boutique.

The collective breadth of Owens Tarabichi’s experience spans diverse practice strengths and industries, which allows us to devise the most appropriate legal strategies for our clients.  For example, we have significant experience advising clients in the following areas.

Intellectual Property Programs and Strategies

We have prepared strategies for the development and acquisition of intellectual property assets for all types of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and start-ups.  In addition, we have developed and implemented licensing programs to commercialize and monetize intellectual property assets, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets across a wide range of technologies, such as computer hardware and software, Internet, industrial equipment and processes, and more.

Patent and Trademark Prosecution

We have provided patent and trademark prosecution services for large and small companies, as well as for individual inventors and entrepreneurs.  We have prepared, filed, and prosecuted countless patent applications in the U.S. and internationally for various technologies, such as petroleum processing, energy production and use, environmental technologies, green technologies, semiconductor processing, microfluidic chip technologies, polymers and coatings, pharmaceuticals, and others.  Likewise, we have also prepared, filed, and prosecuted a multitude of trademark applications in the U.S. and internationally for a wide array of products and services, including computer hardware and software, Internet-related products and services, food products, transportation services, green technology services, pharmaceutical products, music services, and others.

Contracts and Licensing

We have prepared and negotiated hundreds of business contracts, including complex intellectual property license agreements; collaborative research and development agreements, including government sponsored research contracts; non-disclosure agreements; employment agreements; website terms of use, privacy policies, and development and hosting agreements; and more.  Similarly, we have reviewed countless agreements to determine the intellectual property and business risks associated with such agreements.

Legal Opinions

We have helped numerous clients assess their position in the intellectual property landscape by preparing or reviewing opinions of counsel—whether as part of the necessary due diligence for a corporate transaction, in preparation for potential litigation, or prior to developing, using, or acquiring intellectual property.  In this regard, we have provided opinions relating to the patentability of inventions, patent non-infringement and invalidity, freedom-to-operate, trademark availability, trademark non-infringement, ownership of intellectual property assets, and others.
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

We have litigated several patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and business contract cases both in federal and state courts.  As an alternative to litigation, we have also represented clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures, including arbitration, mediation, and neutral evaluation.  Whether litigation or ADR, our experience allows us to develop a strategy at the outset that is uniquely suited to each client’s needs and to better control and minimize associated costs.