Serge Hodgson - PARTNER

Serge Hodgson

Serge Hodgson has been an intellectual property attorney since 1995. His experience in intellectual property law includes preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, assisting in complex patent litigation, negotiating technology licenses, and preparing non-infringement and invalidity opinions. Mr. Hodgson’s specialty areas include software systems and applications, network and consumer security applications, encryption, file system management and backup, IC packaging, medical devices, semiconductor processing, semiconductor process equipment, optical thin films, telecommunication, electrical circuits, and mechanical devices.

Mr. Hodgson has worked with several clients to establish patent policies and procedures and to create a working patent program. In addition, Mr. Hodgson has worked with clients to extract value from the client’s existing intellectual property. In patent licensing negotiations, Mr. Hodgson has represented a broad range of clients including patent owners and alleged patent infringers. Mr. Hodgson has also made presentations to Silicon Valley Intellectual Property attorneys on various practical aspects of U.S. patent law and the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Hodgson worked as an engineer and research scientist where he researched, developed, and commercialized an innovative thin film technology. The thin film technology had broad applications as a polymeric barrier coating, as a dielectric and as a protective coating for optical films. As part of his work, Mr. Hodgson developed methods to characterize physical properties of optical films.

Mr. Hodgson can be contacted at

Professional Licenses

  • Admitted to State Bar of California
  • Licensed to practice before the Northern District of California
  • Registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D. (with Honors)
    ** Dean’s Honor Roll, recipient of American Jurisprudence Award in Writing & Research, recipient of merit scholarship
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.S. Chemical Engineering