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D’Ann Naylor Rifai

Patent Attorney, U.S.P.T.O. Registration No. 47,026

Trop, Pruner & Hu, P.C.
7320 N. MoPac Expy., Ste. 307 
Austin, TX 78731
Off: (512) 418-9944
Fax: (512) 418-0544


  • J.D., 1999, University of Texas School of Law
  • M.S. Computer Science, 1988, Kansas State University
  • M.B.A., 1984, Kansas State University
  • B.S. Computer Science with Honors, 1983, Oklahoma State University

Professional Experience

  • Trop, Pruner & Hu, P.C., Austin, Texas (July 2016 – present).   Prepared and prosecuted patent applications in the technical areas of encryption, cloud computing, privacy, attestation, authentication, secure enclaves, Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) reconfiguration, and trusted computing.
  • Intel Corporation, Austin, Texas (August 2008 – June 2016).Co-managed Patent Portfolios, including Security 2015 – June 2016; Software and Internetworking Technologies 2014; Software, 2011 – 2013.  Co-wrote patent portfolio strategic development plans. Managed patent portfolio budgets to meet filing goals. Managed intake of patent portfolios of acquired companies and assisted with integration of acquired patent portfolios into Intel’s patent portfolios.  Conducted harvesting sessions and think tanks to develop new invention disclosure submissions.  Directed preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications by outside counsel.  Analyzed patent applications and competitor products for focused prosecution efforts. Selected patent applications for foreign filing and lapses. Reviewed invention disclosures and led patent review committee meetings.  Prepared and prosecuted patent applications in the technical areas of encryption, virtualization, security, high integrity storage, and anti-theft technology.
  • International Business Machines Corp., Austin, Texas (June 2006 – June 2008).  
  • Campbell Stephenson Ascolese (June 2002 – May 2006).  Patent Associate.
  • Skjerven Morrill McPherson (September 1999 – May 2002).  Patent Associate.
  • DPRA Incorporated, Dallas, TX, and Manhattan, KS (1984 – 1996).  Senior Associate/Information Services Manager, 1991‑1996; Systems Analyst 1988‑1991; Programmer Analyst 1984-1987. Managed information services consulting and system development efforts for government contracting practice.  Served as systems development technical lead on various contracts, including a $50 million, 5-year contract.  Managed personnel working in 6 locations to develop software in accordance with contractual deadlines and client specifications. 

Miscellaneous Information

  • Ms. Rifai is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


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