W. Douglas Carothers, Jr. is Of Counsel with the law firm of
North Weber & Baugh LLP. Mr. Carothers recently retired from
startup, Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ INFN), in Sunnyvale,
California in November, 2007 where he was Director of
Intellectual Property and Chief Patent Counsel. He was
previously Director of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property
for startup, SDL, Inc. which became a public company and then
later was acquired by JDS Uniphase in February 2001. Before
that, he created U.S. Patent Operations, and was Chief U.S.
Patent Counsel, for the Seiko Epson Corporation of Japan.
Prior to this experience, he was senior patent counsel for
Xerox Corporation and was with Xerox for 15 years, mostly at
its famed Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Palo Alto,
California. Prior to this experience, he was a founder with
his father of, and patent lawyer for, the patent law firm of
Carothers & Carothers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania specializing
in patent, trademark law and unfair competition causes.
Doug received a B.S.E.E. degree from Purdue University in
Electrical Engineering in 1959 and received a J.D. degree from
Duquesne University School of Law in 1962.
Doug’s best expertise is patent application writing, although
he has practice in all areas of intellectual property law for
more than 45 years. His most experienced area of technology is
in optical and electro-optical components and optical