Skip to Main Content

our people

K. Iain McAusland

San Francisco, CA | D 415.617.2242 | F 415.617.2409

Iain McAusland counsels clients with regard to all aspects of intellectual property strategy, including internal intellectual property capture and protection policies, patent prosecution, and intellectual property litigation.

Iain has experience with patent prosecution, patent litigation, patent opinions, freedom to operate analysis, and due diligence, as well as with the particular intellectual property issues facing venture-funded start-ups.

Iain concentrates his practice on fields combining high-tech with biotech or med-tech, such as medical devices, medical diagnostics, drug discovery systems, flow cytometry, antibody reagents, protein and DNA analysis, and DNA microarrays. He also has diverse experience working in fields such as computer hardware, software, middleware, telecommunications, programmable logic devices, robotics, and wafer fabrication technology.

education & admissions


  • Boston College Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991)
  • Cambridge University, England (B.A., with honors, 1987)

state admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1992
  • New York, 1994

federal admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
publications & events
in the community
Perspectives on employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA litigation to help you attract and retain talent.
Libation Law Blog
Alcoholic beverage and cannabis regulatory and legal updates.
lingua negoti
The language of business.
Ohio Environmental
Insights and commentary for the business and legal community.