Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2004, Chief Production Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

M.S., Electrical Engineering: Communications, University of Southern California, 1999, Hughes Space and Communication Fellowship

B.S., Electrical Engineering: Communications, California State University, Long Beach, 1994, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, General Dynamics Scholarship

Admissions

California

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Profile

Cynthia Dixon is counsel in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Orange County office of Haynes and Boone. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution and counseling.

Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Cynthia practiced law at other large law firms where she counseled Fortune 500 companies regarding their intellectual property. Cynthia has experience in supervising and prosecuting applications for patents, domestically and in foreign jurisdictions, for inventions relating to communication systems, satellite design, electromagnetic devices, semiconductor design, circuit design, computer algorithms, internet design, electrical devices, mechanical devices, biomedical devices, and business methods. Cynthia has prepared opinions of counsel regarding patent invalidity and opinions of counsel regarding patent non-infringement. In addition, Cynthia has experience in due diligence of patent and trademark portfolios for mergers and acquisitions; intellectual property litigation including patent infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret, and trade dress; and supervising and prosecuting applications for trademarks, domestically and in foreign jurisdictions.

An electrical engineer with Boeing Space Systems, formerly Hughes Space and Communications, for seven years prior to attending law school, Cynthia has technical experience serving as a lead payload systems engineer for NASA satellite TDRS J; a lead systems engineer for the Multiple-Access Array Antenna for NASA satellites TDRS H, I, and J; and a flight director at the NASA Ground Station at White Sands, New Mexico. Cynthia also has a broad range of experience designing antenna subsystems for satellites. In addition, Cynthia also previously worked in the Radar and Microwave Department (RAMD) at the Aerospace Corporation. 

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Patents and Patent Recognition

  • Hughes 1998 Patent Award for The Reconfigurable Satellite with Modifiable Antenna Coverage and Communications Backup Capabilities
  • Inventor for the U.S. Patent for Omni Directional Antenna (U.S. Patent No. 6,094,175)
  • Inventor for the U.S. Patent for On-Orbit Reconfigurability of a Shaped Reflector with Feed/Reflector Defocusing and Reflector Gimballing (U.S. Patent No. 6,031,502)
  • Inventor for the European Patent for On-Orbit Reconfigurability of a Shaped Reflector with Feed/Reflector Defocusing and Reflector Gimballing (European Patent No. 845833A2)
  • Inventor for the U.S. Patent for The Reconfigurable Satellite with Modifiable Antenna Coverage and Communications Backup Capabilities (U.S. Patent No. 6,438,354)
  • Inventor for the European Patent for The Reconfigurable Satellite with Modifiable Antenna Coverage and Communications Backup Capabilities (European Patent No. 1014598A2)

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