Name: Karl Thomas Rees
Profile: Attorney and Developer
Location: Austin, Texas
Karl serves as General Counsel for the Quansight and OpenTeams family of companies and funds, which focus on data science and open-source software. His 15+ years of legal experience also include time as partner at two Silicon Valley Intellectual Property firms, representing Fortune 500 clients and companies of all other sizes in spaces such as AI/ML, databases, enterprise systems, networking, operating systems, compilers, and graphics.
Karl also worked for 5 years developing data visualization software and web applications, and continues to code for projects related to his legal practice and recreational interests. He is an active contributor to the open source community. His hobbies include astronomy, electronically-assisted astrophotography, cycling, camping, making, and Ultimate frisbee.
When not working, Karl enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, particularly in the outdoors, as well as pursuing hobbies such as writing, astronomy, electronically-assisted astrophotography, cycling, camping, making, and Ultimate frisbee.
Combining 15+ years of legal experience with 5+ years of software development experience
OpenTeams Incubator, Inc. Austin, TX
Provide legal and strategic support for the Quansight and OpenTeams family of companies and funds, which focus on data science and open-source software. Areas of support include corporate formation and governance, securities, service agreements and other contracts, venture capital, open-source licensing, IP, and employment law.
Wong & Rees LLP Austin, TX / San Jose, CA
Assisted start-ups, mid-size, and large companies build and streamline global IP portfolios. Prepare and prosecute patents in high-tech fields, including network chips and devices, databases, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud-based systems, user interfaces, search, compilers, multimedia devices, virtualization, graphics, Internet architecture, virtual reality, IoT, and enterprise systems. Trademark prosecution. Work with clients' engineers to evaluate competitive landscape, identify protectable IP, and prioritize portfolio development based on value to client. Supervise associate work. Coordinate foreign filing and prosecution. Review licensing agreements. Trade secret and copyright advice. Deployed and maintain docketing and IT systems for cloud-based work environment, with automated document management and generation.
Hickman Palermo Troung Becker Bingham Wong LLP San Jose, CA
Patent prosecution. Trademark advice. Supervised associate patent prosecution work. Infringement and invalidity opinions. Inter Partes Reexamination. Risk analyses of competitors’ patent portfolios. Developed automated reference tracking and document generation system using Access and Visual Basic. Promoted to partner in 2014.
Corda Technologies Lindon, UT
Lincoln Law School 2015-2017 San Jose, CA
Taught patent bar examination preparation courses.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 2006 Washington, D.C.
Interned for telecommunications firm, assisting in spectrum licensing, designated entity, and broadcast decency issues.
Karl Rees Consulting 2004-2007 Orem, UT
Provided various technical services on a per-contract basis, including web development, batch/Perl scripting to automate documentation and data mining tasks, IT services, and technical writing.
Degrees in Computer Science, English, and the Law
Community Service, Activities, and Interests