Todd French, J.D., Ph.D.

In Memoriam:
April 15, 1967 – September 26, 2017

Our friend and colleague passed away unexpectedly on September 26, 2017. Todd was a valued member of the DIPL team and an asset to its clients. He will be missed greatly.

Todd French, J.D., Ph.D.

Intellectual Property Attorney

Client Philosophy

Todd has a passion for helping clients. Being a scientist, project manager, and business executive, he understands that business drives intellectual property needs. Todd concentrates on securing the highest business value for his clients by learning their business, big or small, and working with his clients to create an effective intellectual property strategy.

Practice Areas

Todd’s practice includes patent and trademark procurement across a wide range of fields. He has specific research experience in biophysics, optics, microfluidics, and data analysis, as well as patent prosecution experience covering optical, electronic, software, mechanical, biological, chemical, micromechanical, and imaging technologies. Besides patent and trademark prosecution, Todd actively works with clients to create intellectual property strategy and best practices guidelines, and crafts licenses to secure intellectual property rights.

Professional Experience and Education

Todd has been involved with intellectual property since 1996, initially as a scientist and project manager, then, from 2001-2007, in executive management as head of intellectual property for Molecular Devices Corporation, a biotechnology tools company. He is the named inventor on nine U.S. patents, including U.S. 6,317,207 “Frequency-Domain Light Detection Device” and U.S. 7,265,829 “Reflective Optic System for Imaging Microplate Readers.” He also participated in corporate and technology acquisitions valued from $10M – $615M, conducting due diligence and integrating the patent portfolio. While at Molecular Devices, Todd directed the successful defense of a patent infringement suit regarding fluorescent polarization kinase assays, and he directed the successful defense to an opposition before the European Patent Office regarding an electrophysiology system comprising a microfabricated structure.

Todd’s research has concentrated on fluorescence spectroscopy but has touched diverse projects such as cellular antigen processing, pressure sensitive paints for aerodynamics testing, micromachined optical cavities, microplate washing for ELISA assays, and medical near-infrared imaging. Throughout, Todd wrote analysis and control software for his projects.

Todd graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2012 with a certificate in intellectual property law. Upon graduation, Todd was elected by the faculty to the Cornelius Honor Society, recognizing superior leadership, scholarship and contribution to the law school community.

Todd received an M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his graduate work focused on biophysics, including fluorescence and optical frequency-domain techniques. He received a B.S. (1989, magna cum laude) in physics from Michigan Technological University.


Todd is a member of the Oregon State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also a member of the American Physical Society and IEEE.


Outside of work, Todd enjoys volleyball, bowling, and especially hiking.