Karl Thomas Rees

Attorney at Law,Software Engineer,Outdoorsman,Writer,Soccer Coach,Amateur Astronomer,Scout,Maker,Robotics Mentor,Dad

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Name: Karl Thomas Rees

Profile: Attorney and Developer

Location: Austin, Texas

Karl serves as General Counsel for the Quansight and OpenTeams family of companies and funds, which focus on data science and open-source software. His 15+ years of legal experience also include time as partner at two Silicon Valley Intellectual Property firms, representing Fortune 500 clients and companies of all other sizes in spaces such as AI/ML, databases, enterprise systems, networking, operating systems, compilers, and graphics.

Karl also worked for 5 years developing data visualization software and web applications, and continues to code for projects related to his legal practice and recreational interests. He is an active contributor to the open source community. His hobbies include astronomy, electronically-assisted astrophotography, cycling, camping, making, and Ultimate frisbee.

When not working, Karl enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, particularly in the outdoors, as well as pursuing hobbies such as writing, astronomy, electronically-assisted astrophotography, cycling, camping, making, and Ultimate frisbee.

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Professional Experience

Combining 15+ years of legal experience with 5+ years of software development experience


OpenTeams Incubator, Inc.

Provide legal and strategic support for the Quansight and OpenTeams family of companies and funds, which focus on data science and open-source software. Areas of support include corporate formation and governance, securities, service agreements and other contracts, venture capital, open-source licensing, IP, and employment law.

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Wong & Rees LLP Austin, TX / San Jose, CA


Founding Partner

Assisted start-ups, mid-size, and large companies build and streamline global IP portfolios. Prepare and prosecute patents in high-tech fields, including network chips and devices, databases, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud-based systems, user interfaces, search, compilers, multimedia devices, virtualization, graphics, Internet architecture, virtual reality, IoT, and enterprise systems. Trademark prosecution. Work with clients' engineers to evaluate competitive landscape, identify protectable IP, and prioritize portfolio development based on value to client. Supervise associate work. Coordinate foreign filing and prosecution. Review licensing agreements. Trade secret and copyright advice. Deployed and maintain docketing and IT systems for cloud-based work environment, with automated document management and generation.


Hickman Palermo Troung Becker Bingham Wong LLP San Jose, CA


Associate, Partner

Patent prosecution. Trademark advice. Supervised associate patent prosecution work. Infringement and invalidity opinions. Inter Partes Reexamination. Risk analyses of competitors’ patent portfolios. Developed automated reference tracking and document generation system using Access and Visual Basic. Promoted to partner in 2014.

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Corda Technologies Lindon, UT


Software Engineer, Technical Writer, and Educational Consultant

Designed and wrote Java, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, ASP, Python, and other web application code for business intelligence dashboards and other data visualization tools. Wrote documentation. Developed training classes. On-site consulting. Managed technical writing interns. Wrote and reviewed technical marketing materials. Automated documentation building process using FrameMaker and WebWorks.

Adjunct Professor

Lincoln Law School 2015-2017 San Jose, CA

Taught patent bar examination preparation courses.


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 2006 Washington, D.C.

Interned for telecommunications firm, assisting in spectrum licensing, designated entity, and broadcast decency issues.


Karl Rees Consulting 2004-2007 Orem, UT

Provided various technical services on a per-contract basis, including web development, batch/Perl scripting to automate documentation and data mining tasks, IT services, and technical writing.


Degrees in Computer Science, English, and the Law

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Brigham Young University Provo, UT


B.S. Computer Science; B.A. English

  • GPA 3.75
  • Graduated with University Honors.
  • President, Honors Student Advisory Council: Organized lectures, academic conferences.
  • Significant Coursework: Signal Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Poetry, Networking, Algorithms, Natural Language Processing, Technical Writing.
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J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU) Provo, UT


Juris Doctorate

  • LSAT: 98th Percentile
  • GPA: 3.38
  • Executive Editor, BYU Education and Law Journal
  • IP Moot Court
  • Significant Coursework: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property, Antitrust, Telecommunications.
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University of Texas Austin, TX

2021 - Present

Masters of Computer Science

  • Working towards Masters through online program.
  • Coursework: Deep Learning, Quantum Information Science.
  • GPA 4.0

Beyond the Office

Community Service, Activities, and Interests

Youth Soccer Coach, Commissioner, and Board Member

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Robotics Team Mentor

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  • FIRST Tech Challenge, Sycamore Springs Middle School / 2019-Present
    Mentor youth robotics team, with focus on coding group.


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  • Scout Committee Member / Merit Badge Counselor / Former Cub Scout Den Leader / 2015-Present
  • Eagle Scout

Open Source Software Development

  • Contributions to various projects through GitHub and other communities.

Astronomy and Space Exploration

  • Stargazing, electronically assisted astrophotography, and community outreach.


  • Hiking, Cycling, and Backpacking
  • Home Automation and Security
  • Competitive Ultimate Frisbee
  • Concert Choir
  • Poetry