Rafael “RAFA” BACA, ESQUIRE
US Patent Attorney & Software Developer
Rafa has decades of experience as a Federal Regulatory and Tech lawyer, a Registered US Patent and IP lawyer that includes a depth of experience in complex commercial litigation, legal transactions, business intelligence, tradesecrets, patent prosecution, and global asset portfolio strategy and regulatory work in tech and engineering. He is an active speaker in Software & Technology legal matters, GDPR Data Privacy regulations and a national expert in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data and international law as the Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) ’s AI committee.
Over the years, Rafa worked in patent litigation management; patent prosecuting in software, decentralized and cryptographic computing, as well as telecom and wireless systems; in-house patent transactional experience; international licensing and IP valuation, large firm litigation experience, and originally worked in the Examining Corps in the United States Patent & Trademark Office in Medical Devices.
Rafa Baca first became interested in decentralized computing and software development at Stanford University’s Bitcoin Edge Initiative and has never looked back. Rafa is passionately interested in applying the artificial intelligence, natural language processing and decentralized computing to novel software development use case applications.
His experience uniquely bridges the divide between the digital and real world applications with a focus on regulation and policy, business and software development. As a software developer in Silicon Valley, Rafa has successfully lead a team of software engineers and lawyers to create a software system for worldwide multilingual business contracts by using artificial intelligence to automate risk aversions while in-house legal and sales teams draft sales contracts. Further, Rafa is an experienced San Francisco FinTech entrepreneur and Angel Investor.
Rafa has a JD (law degree), MS in Computer Science (Data Science) and BS in Mechanical Engineering. Some academic honors include Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), Kappa Mu Epsilon (Math Honor Society) & Senior Editor of the Law Review. Rafa is a passionate software developer, digital forensics investigator, as well as a member of the Stanford Blockchain group and San Francisco Legal Hackers. As a dual citizen of the USA and a naturalized citizen of Spain (EU) , Rafa is well versed with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and is thus legally equipped to act as an ideally knowledgeable US-Based Data Protection Officer under the EU’s GDPR while in sensitive data breach matters requiring lawyer-client privilege. Rafa is fluent in Spanish and a member of the USPTO, Texas and New Mexico Bars.