Government Experience

  • Patent Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Bar Admissions

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


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


Tamatane Aga is an intellectual property attorney with a particular emphasis on patents. As registered patent attorney, he has experience in patent prosecution and litigation involving various technological fields including energy production, manufacturing equipment, semiconductor devices, optical equipment, automotive, medical devices, and consumer products. Prior to joining Venable, Mr. Aga was a U.S. Patent Examiner and examined applications relating to drilling and completions, mining, and downhole tools. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Aga worked as an engineer at one of the supermajor energy companies, and has experience in both downstream and upstream oil and gas operations.

Mr. Aga has represented clients in cases before district courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has experience in many phases of litigation, including conducting initial case assessment, working with experts, participating in settlement negotiations, and appeals. Mr. Aga has extensive familiarity with AIA post-grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has participated in several inter partes review proceedings in the power generation and automotive fields, among others. Mr. Aga has also successfully utilized Pre-Issuance Submissions to help his clients prevent the issuance of overly broad patents.

Mr. Aga leverages his industry experience and his experience with utility patents, design patents, utility models and other forms of intellectual property (such as trade dress and trade secrets) to implement worldwide intellectual property strategies for his clients. He also helps his clients navigate the patent rights of their competitors. In this regard, he frequently advises clients regarding issues of non-infringement, design-around, and freedom-to-operate, and prepares related opinions of counsel.