Don Haslett joined Chernoff Vilhauer in September of 1977 and has been a partner in the firm since January of 1984, and the managing partner since 2011. He is member of the Oregon State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and the Federal Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit. His practice currently emphasizes patent and trademark applications and licensing.
Before attending the Cornell Law School (Class of 1977) and beginning his career as a patent lawyer Don graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1966. He served for eight years as an officer in the Surface Warfare branch of the United States Navy, including a year as the U.S. Navy's representative to the Royal Dutch Navy in the personnel exchange program and two years as Commanding Officer of U.S.S. Esteem, an ocean-going minesweeper.
Don has been involved in a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including patentability searches, preparation and prosecution of United States and foreign utility patent and design patent applications, negotiating and advising clients regarding technology transfer and licensing agreements, counseling clients and providing opinions regarding patentability, patent validity, and patent infringement, counseling clients regarding choices of trademarks and service marks, obtaining registrations of such marks, and litigation.
His intellectual property transactional experience includes negotiating license agreements relating to patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
His U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution experience includes such technology as:
· Railroad freight car construction
· Magnetic reed switch and security alarm system technology
· Emergency medical care devices
· Devices for use in orthopedic surgery
· Implantable devices for use in neurosurgery
· Folding knives and multipurpose hand tools
· Windshield wiper drive mechanisms
· Bicycle and exercise machine drive mechanisms
· Veneer lathe technology
· Marine dredging equipment
· Ocean-going barge construction
· Firearms operating mechanisms and safety devices
He is a member of:
· American Intellectual Property Law Association
· American Bar Association
· Oregon Patent Law Association (President, 1983-1984)
· Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter
· Oregon State Bar, Intellectual Property Law and Computer and Internet Law sections
· Multnomah Bar Association
· In his spare time Don enjoys music, travel, fly fishing, and cycling.
· Don retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Captain in 1993.