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Lee W. Tower


Phone: (323) 934-2300 | Fax: (323) 934-0202

Lee Tower is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Ladas & Parry.

Lee has practiced intellectual property law for over twenty years and is experienced in the prosecution of patents and trademark matters. His technical background is extensive and includes over 35 years of state of the art research and development and program management at both Hughes Aircraft Co. and Raytheon, encompassing many fields including radar systems, electro-optical systems, electronic warfare/countermeasure systems, antennas, transmitters, receiver/exciters, signal processors, microelectronics, integrated circuits, image/signal processing algorithms and software. He holds four patents in these fields.

Representative technologies in which Lee has written and prosecuted patent applications include computers, microprocessors, microelectronics, semiconductor processing, image/signal processing, nanotechnologies, data storage technologies, display technologies, database management, antennas, electro-optical, quantum computers, encoding/decoding/encryption, television programming record scheduling methods/devices, test methods, mechanical, electromechanical, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), medical devices, neural computer systems, and business methods.

In his spare time, Lee enjoys sailing his Catalina 34 sailboat in southern California. He also enjoys road biking along the California coast, skiing, golfing and hiking.


University of California at Davis (B.S.E.E, with honors 1968)
University of California at Los Angeles (M.S., 1970)
University of California at, Los Angeles (Work towards PhD 1971-1975)
UCLA Certificate of Specialization in Operations Research, 1974
UCLA Certificate of Specialization in Programming Languages, 1973
Loyola Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1980)

Practice Areas

U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – Registered Patent Attorney

Key Industries
  • Information Systems
  • Aeronautical
  • Electronics
  • Telecommunications
Associations & Organizations

Registered California State Professional Engineer
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA)
Michel Inn of Court

Publications & Presentations

Introduction to Airborne Radar, Advanced Processor Architecture, 2nd Ed.,  Mendham, NJ: SciTech Publishing, Inc., 1998


L. A. Hyland Patent Award from Hughes Aircraft Co. in 1980 for pioneering work on Programmable Signal Processors, which are still operational on F/A-18, F-15, B2, U-2, F-22, and Global Hawk radars

Tim Moe Excellence in Business Development Award From Raytheon Co. in 2000 for capturing significant new business