Elizabeth Powers
Elizabeth PowersCounsel

Elizabeth Powers has represented technology companies as an intellectual property transactional attorney for over 25 years.  Her current practice focuses on domestic and international trademark selection, registration, and maintenance, together with drafting and negotiating complex technology contracts.  Her trademark clients include mobile application start-ups, consumer products companies, wineries, and technology companies in a broad range of fields.  As a licensing attorney, she drafts and negotiates patent and technology license agreements, joint development agreements, and other technology contracts for biomedical, software, electronics, and AgTech public and private companies.

As an active member of the international angel investors group, Keiretsu Forum, Ms. Powers conducts due diligence intellectual property evaluations and provides intellectual property guidance for and invests in start-up and mid-sized companies.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Powers lectures extensively, including internationally, on intellectual property issues and is a published author on IP strategy.  She was a Lecturer for 12 years at her alma mater, Santa Clara University School of Law, forming the High Tech Law Institute and the Center for Global Law and Policy during her tenures there as Assistant Dean.  She is a Professor of Practice at Leavey School of Business, teaching intellectual property courses to graduate students and business law to undergraduates.  As a Senior Lawyer with the Center for International Legal Studies, she lectures at law schools around the world on intellectual property and entrepreneurship issues.  She judges and mentors at start-up competitions hosted by SCU, CSUMB, and LACI/Clean-Tech Open.  She frequently guest lectures on intellectual property in business courses at SCU, CSUMB, MPC, and Golden Gate University.

Ms. Powers received her pre-med bachelor degree and her JD/MBA degrees from Santa Clara University.  Before going to law school, she was a research assistant at NASA/Ames Research Center and at Stanford Medical Center.  She completed her master’s degree in counseling from Santa Clara University, and received an LL.M. in international law practice from the College of Law of England and Wales.

Ms. Powers is a member of the California and Massachusetts bars, and a registered U.S. patent attorney.

Prior to joining Turner Boyd, Ms. Powers owned Powers Law Firm, specializing in intellectual property strategic counseling and trademark prosecution.  She has been associated with the law firms of Latham & Watkins, Venture Law Group, Weil Gotshal & Manges, and Fenwick & West, and was in-house patent counsel at Bayer Corp.  She was a member of the Executive Committee for the Intellectual Property Section of the California State Bar, and for six years was the Editor-in-Chief of that section publication.

Ms. Powers is a volunteer guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and is the proud mother of identical twin sons currently attending USC.