Warren Dranit’s practice encompasses the protection and licensing of intellectual property assets including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and rights of publicity. Drawing on his background as a software engineer, he also advises clients on technology issues including software, computers, the internet, electronic commerce, and electronic communications. He also supports the civil litigation team in the areas of intellectual property and business disputes.
For many years, Warren has been one of the North Bay’s leaders in intellectual property and technology law. He is former Chair of the Executive Committee for the California State Bar’s Intellectual Property Section and currently serves as an advisor. In 1997, he founded the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section for the Sonoma County Bar Association and served as the Section Chair for many years.
Warren has presented on intellectual property issues at a number of venues ranging from local colleges and professional organizations to state-wide conferences. He has also been active in planning a broad range of intellectual property conferences including chairing the State Bar’s IP Institute, IP and the Internet conference and the Copyright Office Comes to California conference.
Warren’s other professional activities include the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce, where he is a member of its Board of Directors and its Government Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Council and Advancement Team for the Petaluma Arts Center. He serves on the Board of Directors of Mentor Me, an organization dedicated to empowering youth in need to achieve their highest potential through mentoring and advocacy. He is a founder and organizer of the Petaluma Lawyers Club, a group of more than 100 attorneys focused on creating community among Petaluma lawyers.
Warren splits his time between the firm’s main office in Santa Rosa and its satellite office in Petaluma. When not at the office, Warren can often be found biking, hiking, and learning to row on the Petaluma River.
Warren graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1992 and served as an extern for the Honorable Armand Arabian of the California Supreme Court. He has a technology background, including Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mathematics / Computer Science (Highest Honors; Phi Beta Kappa), and seven years of experience developing technology software in the aerospace industry. He is admitted to practice in California and numerous United States Courts.