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Edwin H. Taylor, born March 9, 1939, passed away March 10, 2012. It is with profound sadness that the firm of Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman (BSTZ) announces the passing of one of its founders, Edwin H. Taylor, after a battle with cancer. Ed passed away at the home he built and loved, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Gualala. Ed, a native of New Jersey, received degrees in electrical engineering, including an M.S. from Columbia University. He served in the United States Air Force at Midland Air Force Base in Texas. While in the Air Force, he earned a law degree from St. Mary’s University in Texas. An opportunity to join an intellectual property firm in Los Angeles brought him to California in 1968. One of his assignments was to prepare and prosecute patent applications for what was then a small technology company. The company was Intel Corporation. Ed continued to represent Intel for more than 40 years, almost the entire span of his law career. In 1975, Ed and three other founders launched BSTZ, starting in a small office in Beverly Hills. From that modest beginning, the firm has grown to more than 65 partners and associates in six offices in four states. Most of the growth is attributable to Ed’s efforts and skills, both as a lawyer and, more significant, as a builder of lasting relationships with clients, colleagues, and staff. In the early 1980s, Ed had the foresight to see that Silicon Valley was going to grow into a national and, ultimately, an international technology center. Accordingly, he convinced his partners that they should invest in opening an office in Sunnyvale. As is often said, the rest is history. Ed’s clients include a virtual roster of successful Silicon Valley technology companies, including (in addition to Intel) Apple (since its inception), eBay, and Echelon. His legal career had several very notable accomplishments. He prepared patent applications for well known inventors such as Gordon Moore of Intel and Steve Wozniak of Apple. He was the lead litigator in Apple’s ITC lawsuit against the Apple II clones, and he represented Apple in the seminal software copyright case Apple v. Franklin. He also pioneered the use of U.S. Customs to enforce U.S. copyrights for software. Finally, he had the ability to give practical advice to clients without overlawyering. Ed also gave generously of his time to the intellectual property community. For more than a decade, he was an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University Law School. He also was a co-hair of the Practicing Law Institute’s Conference Program on "Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions", and served as a lawyer delegate to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference. Throughout his life, Ed was an outstanding athlete. He was an avid runner and cyclist; he ran marathons, competed in triathlons, and completed numerous century rides. He was also a certified scuba diver. His passion for scuba diving took him to locations all over the globe, from sites in the South Pacific to those off the coast of Israel. Construction was another of Ed’s passions. At the start of his legal career, he built a house in the Hollywood Hills that was featured in Architectural Digest. After moving to head up the firm’s Sunnyvale office, he built two uniquely designed houses in Mendocino County, one of which was also featured in Architectural Digest, in addition to many other magazines and books. Time permitting, he often worked on his houses while they were under construction by installing the electrical wiring and driving a bulldozer to grade the property. His colleagues at BSTZ, his clients and friends everywhere will miss him greatly.

08 Nov 2018