Donald C. Lepiane is an Intellectual Property attorney with an extensive background in engineering. Early in his career, he worked as an engineer for Western Electric Company in the area of material preparation for the manufacturing of discrete semiconductor devices and later participated in the company’s Intellectual Property Training Program. Following graduation from law school, he served as an IP attorney for PPG Industries, Inc. and held the position of Patent Counsel, Glass, with responsibility for domestic and foreign IP matters of the glass business units. Don has been granted three United States patents and several non-U.S. patents. His U.S. Patent 3,539,391— “Method of Coating Semiconductor Material with a Conductive Metal”— has been listed in The Chip Collection Index to Reference Patents in the Smithsonian Institute.
Don holds a J.D. degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He also earned credit as part of a Master of Physics program at Franklin and Marshall College.
Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
District of Columbia, 1972 (currently inactive)
Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1971 J.D.
Franklin and Marshall College, 1966
Earned credit toward Master’s of Physics Program
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1961 B.S.
Major: Metallurgical Engineering
Past Employment Positions
Western Electric Company, Engineer, Laureldale, Pennsylvania, 1960-1967
Intellectual Property Training Program, Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia, 1967-1972
PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Intellectual Property Attorney, 1972-1982
Patent Counsel, Glass, 1982-2001