Bio of Dennis R. Haszko

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)
  • Juris Doctor
  • Registered U.S. Patent Agent (No. 39575)
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent (No. 11188)
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Instutite of Canada (IPIC)

At a young age, I recall my father telling me that it was okay to do whatever I wanted to do, but that whatever I decided to do I should do right.

I do patents.

In 1986, I left business school at Rutgers University to pursue my interests in gadgetry within the Electrical & Computer Engineering program at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. I was granted my Electrical Engineering degree in 1990 and immediately began work at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Working as a USPTO Patent Examiner, I developed my knowledge of the patent system from the inside out.

Feeling drawn further into the field of intellectual property (IP), I left the USPTO to complete my legal studies. My heart led me to New England where I attended Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law) in Concord, New Hampshire. I worked my way through law school as a patent associate at a small Portland, Maine IP firm.

Upon law school graduation in 1998, I set out on my own to establish a successful solo patent practice based in downtown Farmington, Maine. Life interrupted with the birth of my first son. Shortly thereafter, I convinced my wife to put our idyllic life in Farmington on hold when I obtained a position as in-house IP counsel for Nortel Networks in Ottawa, Ontario. At Nortel Networks, I managed wireless and optical portfolios along with drafting and prosecuting numerous high-tech patents.

The dot-com boom and bust came and went. I decided to trade in my corporate hat in 2002 to again work in private practice. In keeping with my corporate management experience, I initially managed a patent department in a mid-sized Canadian IP law firm until 2004 when I joined the IP department of a national Canadian law firm -- Borden Ladner Gervais LLP – to get back to my roots in working with a diversity of clients.

In July of 2006, I returned with my wife and children to Maine where I continue to still do patents.