Vern has 20 years of experience in both in-house and outside counsel positions. Vern worked as a patent portfolio development attorney for a number of product divisions at a Fortune 500 company. Vern has 10 years of litigation experience. Vern also has more than three years of engineering experience that includes designing mechanical and electrical systems for Bell Laboratories and Motorola. Vern specializes in patent drafting and prosecution in many technical areas including e-commerce systems, network protocols, and operating systems.
Vern Francissen is an experienced Patent and Trademark lawyer, and head of our Intellectual Property Law Practice.
Vern gained his experience in a prominent law firm helping manufacturing businesses with patents and trademarks, prior to becoming in-house counsel at Microsoft.
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- University of Wisconsin Law School, Juris Doctor, Madison, WI
- Illinois Institute of Technology, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering, Chicago, IL
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, Champaign, IL