Ashley J. Wells

Of Counsel

Ms. Wells is of counsel to the firm, and has worked closely on patent matters with partners of the firm since 1987. Her principal legal activities include preparation and prosecution of patent applications, and rendering legal opinions on issues of patent validity and infringement. Ms. Wells also has substantial experience in client counseling, IP portfolio management including IP audits, due diligence, designing around, mining patent and other databases, mapping, cost/benefit analysis of market potential to support decision making, right to make or use studies, and patent reexamination and reissue proceedings.

Ms. Wells has been in the intellectual property field since 1980, and had been a Partner in two IP law firms in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Ms. Wells holds a Law Review publication: Case Note, Parker v. Flook, 19 Santa Clara L. Rev. 483 (1979), Patentability of computer programs. She also worked in R&D at Hewlett-Packard where she assisted in development of a step and repeat camera for sub-micron photomask making in a production photolab and Xerox where she conducted material science research for electro-optical displays including elastomeric, electrophoretic, electroluminescent, and liquid crystal displays.


  • University of Santa Clara School of Law, JD
  • University of Santa Clara, B.S., Chemistry
  • Erie County Technical Institute, AAS degree, Chemical Engineering Technology

Technical Field

Ms. Wells' areas of expertise are in organic and inorganic chemistry related to material science engineering of high performance specialty chemicals with special knowledge of ceramics, polymers, photoconductors and reprographics, semiconductors, semiconductor devices and methods, recording media, electro-optical displays, fuel cells, medical test and delivery devices, etc.

Bar Admissions

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


  • English