Dr. John M. Taboada offers a unique perspective and approach to the protection of intellectual property. For over a decade, he has run a high tech company focused on creating unique high tech instruments and solutions for a variety of industries, including health and military related applications. He co-founded Taboada Research Instruments, Inc. in 1999 while finishing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Early in the company’s life, Dr. Taboada realized the importance of intellectual property and the special need for its protection. After completing his Ph.D. in 2000, he enrolled in law school. In 2003, he received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Taboada’s practical business experience, legal know-how, and educational experience brings a different level of understanding and appreciation to the practice of IP law. Dr. Taboada volunteers his time with Texas Rural Legal Aid—San Antonio Small Business Legal Clinic and the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center. Dr. Taboada is fluent in Spanish.