Sam Tahmassebi
Ph.D., J.D.

VP Legal Affairs

Sam Tahmassebi has over 20 years of experience representing startup companies in intellectual property and transactional matters. His expertise is in the prosecution of patent applications, counseling on IPstrategy, invalidity and non-infringement opinions, IPdue diligence in relation to mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, and initial public offerings (IPO), preparation and/or negotiation of licensing contracts, confidential disclosure agreements (CDA), material transfer agreements (MTA), collaboration agreements, consultation agreements, and IP-related documents associated with SEC filings. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law.

Dr. Tahmassebi received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, Revelle College. He then went on to obtain his Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from the University of Washington. Dr. Tahmassebi then worked as a research associate at the University of Rochester, where he designed organometallic catalysts for the production of organosulfur compounds. Subsequently, he was an adjunct professor of chemistry at University of San Diego.Dr. Tahmassebi received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in May of 2000, graduating cum laude. He received CALI Awards in Criminal Law, UCC Sales, and Commercial Paper, Patents and Tradesecrets, Biotechnology Law, and Intellectual Property law. Upon graduation, he was admitted to the Order of the Coif.