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Ilona M. Wheat

Thought Leadership


Ilona Wheat is an attorney in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office.

Ilona frequently leverages her technical background in cognitive neuroscience, chemistry, and computer programming to address complex issues for clients in a wide range of technical disciplines, including power electronics, solar panel fabrication, MEMS design and fabrication, medical devices, payment networks, and data analytics, among others. She is highly effective at working with technologists and executives to build strategic intellectual property portfolios to further business objectives, protect innovations, and defend market share.

Areas of Practice

Ilona's practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, focusing on patent application drafting and prosecution in the mechanical, electrical, and computer software arts, as well as strategic portfolio development and counseling. She also assists clients in technology licensing and IP due diligence matters, patentability evaluations, validity and infringement opinions, and inter partes review proceedings, as well as trademark protection and enforcement.

Ilona's focus on personal interaction with her clients allows her to build familiarity with inventors and in-house counsel and create an environment where ideas and innovations can be more readily identified, ultimately adding value to her client’s businesses.

Previously, Ilona served as in-house counsel, as well as outside general counsel for companies in technology-focused media, digital branding, and advertising industries.


  • Member, California State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section
  • Member, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego