Josh Furman, PhD

Josh Furman focuses on complex intellectual property litigation. He has counseled companies in fields ranging from semiconductor design and fabrication to anti-virus cloud computing and video compression at all stages of litigation. 

Mr. Furman joined WilmerHale after working as an associate at two other law firms. He has also served as a patent agent, performing patent prosecution for internet, smartphone and medical device clients, and as a patent strategy intern at Google. 

Before pursuing a legal career, Mr. Furman built a substantial background in science and technology. He earned a PhD in materials science and metallurgy from the University of Cambridge and an MS in materials at University of California, Santa Barbara, studying novel compounds for LED lighting, batteries and hydrogen storage. He also studied electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on nanotechnology. Early in his career he interned at Lockheed Martin, where he evaluated satellite semiconductor components for space radiation hardness.


  • Named a Northern California Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in 2020 and 2021

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  • Education

    • JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2016

      Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Executive Editor, California Law Review, Fellow, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, Aldo J. Test Award for Intellectual Property Legal Writing, American Jurisprudence Award
    • PhD, Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, 2010

    • MS, Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007

    • BSE, Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2006

      cum laude
  • Admissions

    • California

    • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

    • US District Court for the Central District of California

    • US District Court for the Northern District of California

    • United States Patent and Trademark Office