Nesli Doran-Civan is a registered patent attorney who focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution in domestic and foreign jurisdictions for a wide variety of technologies including aeronautical and mechanical systems (e.g. unmanned or autonomous vehicles, EV, hybrid vehicles), medical devices, as well as electronics and software technologies.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Doran-Civan worked as an associate in the Boston, Massachusetts office of a large East Coast law firm where she prepared and prosecuted domestic and foreign patent applications in the areas of software, avionics, mechanical systems, clean energy generation and storage systems, clean technology, medical devices, surgical tools, and medical implants. Ms. Doran-Civan started practicing before the USPTO in 2007, becoming a patent attorney in 2012. She holds dual M.S. degrees from MIT in Aerospace Engineering and Technology and Policy. During her graduate and undergraduate education, she worked as a research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Istanbul Technical University, focusing on control theory and control systems.
Ms. Doran-Civan was recognized as 2019, 2020, and 2021 Northern California “Rising Star” and a 2013 Massachusetts “Rising Star” for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Doran-Civan's native language is Turkish, and she is fluent in French.
Insights View All
Istanbul Technical University B.S. (2000) Aerospace Engineering, Concentration in Spacecraft Control
Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.S. (2005) Technology and Policy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.S. (2005) Aeronautics and Astronautics
Suffolk University Law School J.D. (2011) cum laude
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2007)
The Bar Association of San Francisco, Board of Directors, Member (2023-2026)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Member
Women’s Bar Association, Member
While we are pleased to have you contact us by telephone, surface mail, electronic mail, or by facsimile transmission, contacting Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP or any of its attorneys does not create an attorney-client relationship. The formation of an attorney-client relationship requires consideration of multiple factors, including possible conflicts of interest. An attorney-client relationship is formed only when both you and the Firm have agreed to proceed with a defined engagement.
DO NOT CONVEY TO US ANY INFORMATION YOU REGARD AS CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL A FORMAL CLIENT-ATTORNEY RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.
If you do convey information, you recognize that we may review and disclose the information, and you agree that even if you regard the information as highly confidential and even if it is transmitted in a good faith effort to retain us, such a review does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could be used against you.