Mika has over ten years of experience in the patent field. She utilizes her extensive Japanese language skills and cultural knowledge to assist Japanese companies in the patent process. Before joining Dorsey, Mika was an in-house Intellectual Property Engineer at Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. She was responsible for invention harvesting, prosecution and enforcement of Alpine’s intellectual property rights including car navigation systems (GPS) and driver assistance technologies.
Prior to beginning her patent career, Mika worked as an electrical/software engineer for Sony Corporation (Tokyo, Japan and San Jose, CA). There, Mika gained familiarity with control systems and digital audio/video signal processing from her work in the research & development phase of digital satellite broadcasting systems. Mika also worked as a postdoc researcher for UCLA. Through the latter half period with Sony and her postdoc work at UCLA, she focused on voice/speech related technologies.