Conversations in IP Law

An Interview with Andrew Byrnes, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, PresenceLearning

Andrew F. Halaby

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Andrew Byrnes served as chief of staff of the United States Patent & Trademark Office from September 2013 to October 2015. Before President Obama appointed him to that role, Byrnes worked in private sector positions as a partner at Covington & Burling and a shareholder of Heller Ehrman, focusing on patent litigation. He has been heavily involved in philanthropic and political endeavors, including working with Full Circle Fund and Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc., and serving as a national co-chair of both Lawyers for Obama and Technology for Obama, and in leadership positions in the California Democratic Party. Byrnes also founded Twin Triumph Productions, LLC, which produced an international award-winning feature length documentary, “The Power of Two,” addressing organ donation and transplantation, and cystic fibrosis awareness. He now serves as executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer of PresenceLearning, a San Francisco Bay area telemedicine startup that enables qualified clinicians to provide live, online therapies and assessments in education and health care settings. Byrnes graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

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