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Donny Samporna

Donny Samporna

Adjunct Professor

J.D., 2016, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, cum laude (Moot Court, Intellectual Property Fellow, Intellectual Property Law Association President)

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2012, University of the Pacific

Professor Samporna is a supervising attorney at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Patent and Trademark Clinic. There, he guides the Clinic’s student associates in providing quality legal services to the local community on a pro bono basis.  He is also a registered patent attorney at Haley Guiliano, focusing on patent litigation and prosecution. He brings vast real-world engineering and business expertise to plan, secure, and enforce commercially viable and strategic intellectual property rights. His experience covers many technologies, including mechanical, electrical, and computer-implemented methods and systems. He also routinely advises clients in the acquisition and management of trademark assets.

Before joining Haley Guiliano, Professor Samporna worked at law firms in the San Diego area, focusing on patent and trademark prosecution and litigation. Before pursuing his legal career, he was a lead design engineer focusing on electro-mechanical and rotational machinery and a property developer.

In addition to his positions at Haley Guiliano and the TJSL Patent & Trademark Clinic, Professor Samporna enjoys the outdoors, cooking, shooting sports, and attending 49ers games. He also plays bass in the band, Innocent Bystanders.