Daniel Hutchins is a patent attorney with experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical, mechanical, chemical, optical, computer software, and life sciences fields. Dan regularly drafts applications relating to semiconductor process, applied optics, fiber optics, applied physics, materials science, medical devices, and green technologies.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Dan worked as design and process engineer for a Seattle-based biomedical device company. In graduate school, he was a member of the microelectronics thrust of the Jen Research Group at the University of Washington. Dan's academic research included the design/characterization of new semiconducting materials, fabrication of organic microelectronic devices, and investigation of interfacial modification on semiconductor device performance. These research efforts culminated in authorship of numerous peer review publications in leading academic journals.

Dan received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of Washington, and earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. While attending law school, he served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Beth Freeman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and was a member of the Santa Clara Law Review.

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  • Professional Experience

    • Christensen O'Connor Johnson KindnessPLLC 
      Seattle, WA, 2017 – present
    • Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP
      Seattle, WA, 2013 – 2017
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
      San Jose, CA, 2014
  • Technical Experience

    • Design and Process Engineer
      KitoTech Medical, 2012
    • Member of the Microelectronics Thrusts
      Jen Research Group, 2008 – 2012
    • Engineering Intern
      Harbor Consulting Engineers, Inc., 2005 – 2008
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Seattle IP Inn of Court
    • Washington State Patent Law Association
  • Presentations & Publications

    Publications

    • "Influence of self-assembled monolayer binding group on graphene transistors," Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 106, Issue 2, 2015, Cernetic, N., Hutchins, D.O., Ma, H., and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Systematic Doping Control of CVD Graphene Transistors with Functionalized Aromatic Self-Assembled Monolayers," Advanced Functional Matters, Vol. 24, Issue 22, pp. 3464-3470, 2014, Cernetic, N., Wu, S., Davies, J.A., Krueger, B.W., Hutchins, D.O., Xu, X., Ma, H., and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Effect of self-assembled monolayer structural order, surface homogeneity and surface energy on pentacene morphology and thin film transistor device performance," Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Issue 1, pp. 101-113, 2013,  Hutchins, D.O., Weidner, T., Biao, J.E., Polishak, B., Acton, O., Cernetic, N., Ma, H., and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Bottom-contact small-molecule n-type organic field effect transistors achieved via simultaneous modification of electrode and dielectric surfaces," Organic Electronics, Vol. 13, Issue 12, pp. 3226-3233, 2012, Cernetic, N., Acton, O., Weidner, T., Hutchins, D.O., Biao, J.E., Ma, H., and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Solid-state densification of spun cast self-assembled monolayers for use in ultra-thin hybrid dielectrics," Applied Surface Science, Vol. 261, pp. 908-915, 2012, Hutchins, D.O., Acton, O., Weidner, T., Cernetic, N., Baio, J.E., Castner, D.G., Ma, H., and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Multifunctional phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayers on metal oxides as dielectrics, interface modification layers and semiconductors for low-voltage high-performance organic field-effect transistors," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 14, Issue 41, pp. 14110-14126, 2012, Ma, H., Acton, O., Hutchins, D.O., Cernetic, N., and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Organic Field Effect Transistors: Interfacial Modification, Dielectric Properties Control, and Semiconductor Molecular Design," University of Washington Press, 2012, Hutchins, D.O.
    • "Spin cast self-assembled monolayer field effect transistors," Organic Electronics, Vol. 13, Issue 3, pp. 464-468, 2012, Hutchins, D.O., Acton, O., Weidner, T., Cernetic, N., Baio, J.E., Ting, G., Castner, D.G., Ma, H., and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Spin Cast and Patterned Organophosphonate Self-Assembled Monolayer Dielectrics on Metal-Oxide-Activated Si," Advanced Materials, Vol. 23, Issue 16, pp. 1899-1902, 2011, Acton, O., Hutchins, D.O., Árnadóttir, L., Weidner, T., Cernetic, N., Ting, G.G., Kim, T.-W, Castner, D.G, Ma, H.,  and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Simultaneous Modification of Bottom-Contact Electrode and Dielectric Surfaces for Organic Thin-Film Transistors Through Single-Component Spin Cast Monolayers," Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 1476-1488, 2011, Acton, O., Dubey, M., Weidner, T., O'Malley, K.M., Hutchins, D., Biao, J.E., Lovejoy, T.C., Gage, A.H, Castner, D.G., Ma, H., and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Pi-sigma-phosphonic acid organic monolayer-amorphous sol-gel hafnium oxide hybrid dielectric for low-voltage organic transistors on plastic," Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol. 19, Issue 42, pp. 7929-7936, 2009, Acton, O., Ting II, G.G., Ma, H., Hutchins, D., Wang, Y., Purushothaman, B., Anthony, J.E., and Jen, A. K.-Y.
    • "Phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayer and amorphous hafnium oxide hybrid dielectric for high performance polymer thin film transistors on plastic substrates," Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 95, Issue 11, 2009, Acton, O., Osaka, I., Ting, G., Hutchins, D., Ma, H., McCullough, R.D., and Jen, A. K.-Y.

Education

    • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2015
      Distinction: Santa Clara Law Review
    • M.S., Material Science and Engineering, University of Washington, 2012
    • B.S., Material Science and Engineering, University of Washington, 2011

Bar & Court Admissions

    • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office
    • Washington State Bar
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