PTABWatch, provided by Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, analyzes and reports recent developments concerning Post-Grant Proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post Grant Review (PGR), and Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings.

Michael R. Weiner represents clients in patent infringement matters before district courts, post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Weiner’s litigation experience involves technologies such as endoscopic surgical instruments, pharmaceutical compositions, and mechanical devices such as mining equipment. Read full bio here.

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Eric M. Brusca, Ph.D.
Partner and Chair, Biotech & Life Sciences

For clients producing biotech advancements in biologics and vaccines, Eric M. Brusca, Ph.D. secures patents internationally through prosecution and related proceedings. Clients rely on his legal experience from handling a wide variety of these technologies. They also gain sure and insightful assessments of their patentable products and processes, all rooted in his graduate training and research in microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. A teacher as well, he communicates effectively with his clients and successfully represents their interests. Read full bio here.

Matthew R. Carey is a registered patent attorney who counsels clients in the electrical and software engineering industry as it relates to patenting strategies as well as all stages of patent prosecution. His engineering background provides him an understanding of clients’ technologies and enables him to effectively and efficiently provide a range of patent procurement services. Mr. Carey also leverages his experience to assist on intellectual property litigation as well as develop strategies for acquiring and protecting intellectual property. Read full bio here.

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Jennifer Burnette
Partner and Chair, Chemical Sciences

Jennifer Burnette advises clients that innovate in material and polymer sciences, chemistry/chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology, and mechanical products. Ms. Burnette has experience in strategic patent portfolio management and counseling, foreign and domestic prosecution of patent applications, inter partes post grant proceedings, and counseling clients on invalidity, non-infringement, and freedom to practice matters. She uses her interdisciplinary training in material science to quickly establish in-depth understanding of technologies and invest in understanding a client’s business needs and objectives to counsel clients on how to maximize the value of their patent portfolio. Read full bio here.

Tom is a hands-on, lead trial attorney who handles intellectual property litigation across a wide spectrum of technologies, from aerospace and biochemistry to Internet/e-Commerce and medical devices. He has served as lead trial counsel in more than 60 matters in federal courts throughout the country.  He has been named one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers® in Illinois, repeatedly named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Intellectual Property Litigation by U.S. News and World Report, voted a “Leading Lawyer” in the areas of Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition by his peers, and named by Managing IP  as one of its “IP Stars.” Read full bio here.

Tiffany D. Gehrke secures and protects the intellectual property rights for a broad range of clients. In this role, her prior experience as a software engineer gives her valuable insider perspectives into clients’ technologies. Ms. Gehrke understands the value of clients’ intellectual property rights and assists those clients in obtaining and protecting those rights in the U.S. and throughout the world. Ms. Gehrke enforces clients’ intellectual property rights through litigation in state and federal courts, through proceedings before the USPTO, and through other dispute resolution forums. Read full bio here.

Ms. Hartzell has significant experience in intellectual property litigation, including cases involving patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret. She also has experience enforcing covenants not-to-compete and confidentiality agreements. Clients hire her to protect their intellectual property rights and to defend them against infringement allegations. She works closely with her clients to understand their business needs and aggressively defends her clients’ interests, seeking the most efficient route to resolve litigation in a way that satisfies those needs. Read full bio here.

Clients seeking advice in establishing and maintaining patent portfolios worldwide in all areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals can benefit from the education and experience of Lynn L. Janulis, Ph.D. Her advanced graduate and post-doctoral scientific training in molecular and developmental biology, reproductive endocrinology and cancer, along with her legal experience, allow her to counsel clients in strategic management of their scientific intellectual property. She assists clients in obtaining worldwide patent rights with her experience in patent prosecution, opinions, due diligence analyses, and interference proceedings. Read full bio here.

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Heather R. Kissling
Partner and Patent Prosecution Chair

Heather R. Kissling draws from over fifteen years of experience securing biotechnology patents to develop worldwide filing and prosecution strategies that further her clients’ business objectives. She actively collaborates with bench scientists, business development personnel, and in-house counsel to maximize protection of biotechnology innovations in a broad range of technologies. Her background in interference and opposition proceedings also benefits clients seeking advice with respect to competitor patent positions and third party challenges in the patent office. Read full bio here.

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Stephen J. Kudla

Stephen J. Kudla focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to electrical and computer technologies. Stephen has experience with ultrafast optics, signal analysis, optical interferometry, semiconductors, superconductors, ultracold systems, electronics, and other related technologies. Read full bio here.

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John J. Lucas

John J. Lucas focuses his practice on litigation for clients in all areas of electrical & computer technologies. Mr. Lucas litigates patent cases in district courts across the country. His technical training and professional writing experience makes him a powerful advocate, successfully representing clients in high-tech cases involving telecommunications, consumer products, automation, computer networking, and web design. Read full bio here.

William K. Merkel, Ph.D., has provided a range of intellectual property legal services to a diverse portfolio of clients for more than 20 years. With a current focus on patent prosecution in the biotechnological arts, he has prosecuted numerous domestic, foreign and international patent applications drawn to such diverse technologies as modulators of metabolic pathways involved in disease states, viral oncotherapies, agricultural technologies, and pharmaceutical products and methodologies. Read full bio here.

For clients seeking patent protection in all areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, Katherine L. Neville, Ph.D. delivers guidance to secure their inventions worldwide. She calls on her advanced studies in microbiology and immunology and over a decade of patent prosecution experience to advance their business goals. In addition to counseling clients in strategic management of worldwide patent rights, her extensive experience includes patent preparation, opinions, due diligence analyses for clients interested in partnering, and various patent proceedings, including interference, reexamination and opposition proceedings. Read full bio here.

Kate Nuehring Su protects and enforces the intellectual property rights of her clients in all phases of complex litigation and patent prosecution. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Nuehring Su has a background in engineering, including a degree in biomechanical engineering from Stanford University. Her extensive legal and technical knowledge enables her to devise successful strategies for clients across a range of industries. Read full bio here.

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Sandip H. Patel

Sandip H. Patel has more than 20 years of experience in representing clients in inter partes matters before the Patent Office, including interferences, reexaminations, and AIA trials. He has a formal education in chemical engineering, but his work in these matters has spanned the entire spectrum of engineering and sciences, including biotechnology, chemistry/chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. Read full bio here.

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Ryan N. Phelan

Ryan N. Phelan is a registered patent attorney who counsels and works with clients in intellectual property (IP) matters, with a focus on patents.  As a former technology consultant with Accenture and with a background in computer science and engineering, Ryan has extensive experience in computer system and software design, engineering, development and related technologies.  He has represented numerous Fortune 500 clients with patent matters in technical areas including electrical and software engineering, internet and e-commerce, computer networking, encryption and security, finance, insurance, consumer electronics, and mobile and telecommunications. Read full bio here.

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Raymond R. Ricordati, III
Special Counsel

Raymond R. Ricordati, III has nearly two decades of experience as a patent attorney and litigator, serving clients in the U.S. and abroad. He has a degree in Computer Engineering and is quick to understand and master new technologies and to form excellent working relationships with clients of all shapes and sizes, with the single-minded goal of resolving matters successfully and efficiently. In litigation, Mr. Ricordati has extensive experience enforcing intellectual property rights and defending against infringement allegations for clients in a variety of technologies across many industries, including computer hardware and software, mechanical, electro-mechanical, electronic, and biotechnical. Read full bio here.

As an associate with the firm, Bill Samore focuses his practice on preparing and prosecuting U.S., foreign and international patents in numerous technical areas. His prosecution practice involves electrical, mechanical, software, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, blockchain technology, and other computer-related technologies. Bill is well-versed in the patent prosecution process including drafting and prosecuting patent applications. He has conducted numerous examination interviews at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has also worked with many inventors to protect their works. Read full bio here.

Ryan Schermerhorn is a registered patent attorney who helps clients in all stages of patent prosecution. Mr. Schermerhorn is experienced in preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications in mechanical, electrical, medical, e-commerce and business method arts. He has counseled clients on patentability, freedom to operate and patent invalidity and has reviewed and interpreted licensing and joint research agreements. Read full bio here.