Tamatane J. Aga

Counsel
Aga Tama
Tama Aga is an intellectual property attorney who focuses on patents. A registered patent attorney, Tama handles patent prosecution and litigation involving various technologies, including energy production, manufacturing equipment, semiconductor devices, optical equipment, automotive, medical devices, and consumer products. He uses his experience with utility and design patents, utility models, and other forms of intellectual property, such as trade dress and trade secrets, to devise worldwide IP strategies for clients. He also helps clients navigate competitors’ patent rights. In this regard, he advises clients on issues of non-infringement, design-around, and freedom to operate, and prepares related opinions of counsel.

Tama has represented clients in cases before district courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His litigation experience includes performing initial case assessment, working with experts, participating in settlement negotiations, and handling appeals. He has in-depth familiarity with AIA post-grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has participated in several inter partes reviews in the power generation and automotive fields, among other technology areas. Tama also has utilized Pre-Issuance Submissions to help clients prevent the issuance of overly broad patents. 

Prior to joining Venable, Tama worked as a U.S. Patent Examiner, where he gained experience in examining applications related to drilling and completions, mining, and downhole tools.

Experience

Government Experience

  • Patent Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. George Washington University Law School 2009
  • B.S.M.E. University of Kansas 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • District of Columbia