Mr. Ashburn has worked in the field of intellectual property law for over 20 years. He concentrates his practice on patent preparation, prosecution, opinions, patentability and opposition searches, and post-grant reviews. His experience primarily relates to technologies in the electrical arts, computers, software, and business methods. Example technologies include virtual reality, gaming, financial business methods, cloud services, artificial intelligence, medical devices, user interfaces, social networks, biometrics, data security, virus detection, cryptology, training systems, computer networks, electrical power networks, sensors, mobile navigation systems, analog/digital circuits, and semiconductors.
Prior to becoming an intellectual property attorney, Mr. Ashburn was an Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for over 5 years. During his tenure, Mr. Ashburn examined patent applications in technologies related to electronic gaming, gambling, entertainment, and training systems. Additionally, Mr. Ashburn worked for over six years as an Electrical Engineer for a U.S. Navy laboratory that constructs flight simulators supporting the test and evaluation of aircraft and avionics.
Mr. Ashburn earned his Juris Doctorate from American University in 2005. He earned a MBA from Florida Institute of Technology in 1999, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park in 1994.