Alan Kasper is the director of the firm's International Department. Mr. Kasper's practice includes domestic and international patent law. He represents clients in litigation, renders opinions on patentability, validity and infringement and provides counseling on matters involving licensing, proprietary rights protection, contracting and export control. He advises clients engaged in electrical, semiconductor, network, software/computer-based and mechanical technologies and provides counsel on business method patents inventions. Mr. Kasper was the resident partner in the firm's Tokyo office (1990-1994). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kasper served as an attorney and later as the Chief Patent Counsel for Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT). Earlier, he was a Patent Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.