October 26, 2015Press Release

Michael Best's Intellectual Property Practice Continues to Grow

Milwaukee, WI (October 26, 2015) – Following the recent addition of seven intellectual property attorneys to Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Washington, D.C., location, the firm is pleased to welcome these attorneys and professionals to its Intellectual Property Team:

Kjersten B. Bakke
Caitlin Mac Nair, Ph.D.

Alexander G. Izzo
Lauren N. McComis
Prateek R. Peereddy
Russell M. Steinbrenner

Melissa E. Kolom
Himani Nadgauda
Barry W. Sufrin

Washington, D.C.
Jiyeon Cheh

Madison, WI

Kjersten Bakke focuses her practice on Intellectual Property Litigation. Prior to becoming an attorney, Bakke spent four years as a product manager for Epic Systems Corporation, a healthcare software company. Bakke earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2015 and her B.S. in Neurobiology and Neurosciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. She also competed on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Women’s Basketball and Women’s Track teams during her undergraduate career, receiving various athletic and academic honors and awards.

Caitlin Mac Nair, Ph.D., is a patent scientist and member of the Life Sciences and Chemical subgroup. She has a background in cellular and molecular biology. Prior to joining Michael Best, Dr. Mac Nair earned both her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology (2015) and her B.S. in Biochemistry (2007) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her graduate research was conducted in the lab of Dr. Robert Nickells in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and her thesis project focused on glaucoma and the role of the retinal immune response during the degeneration of retinal ganglion cells. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Mac Nair worked as an associate research specialist in the AIDS Vaccine Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Milwaukee, WI

Alexander Izzo is an attorney focusing his practice on patent prosecution and counseling. Izzo handles patents related to electrical and electronic systems, embedded software and communication systems. He earned his J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law in 2015 and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2012, where he also graduated as class valedictorian. Izzo originally began with the firm as a patent engineer and later served as a 2014 summer associate.

Lauren McComis, who began with Michael Best as a 2013 summer associate, focuses her practice on electrical and computer technologies. Prior to joining the firm, McComis was an in-house intellectual property liaison for GHL International, where she drafted patent applications, managed pending patent application deadlines and coordinated communications between inventors, patent attorneys and invention research technicians. She also worked as an intellectual property consultant for Apiscent Labs, advising clients based on her analysis of trademark registration search results and filing trademark applications with the USPTO. McComis received her J.D. from the John Marshall Law School with a focus in intellectual property law in 2015 and her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University in 2012.

Prateek Peereddy is an attorney focusing his practice on patent prosecution and counseling. Mr. Peereddy started with Michael Best as a 2014 summer associate, assisting attorneys in prosecuting patents, conducting patentability and clearance search analysis and preparing responses to Office actions from the USPTO. He also served as a summer patent associate for an intellectual property firm in Greensboro, NC, and a project management and release engineering intern for IBM Canada Ltd., a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. Peereddy received his J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law and his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in 2011. He is also fluent in Hindi.

Russell Steinbrenner focuses his practice on patent drafting, patent prosecution and patentability analysis. He is experienced in electronics, aerospace, medical devices and software patent prosecution. Prior to joining Michael Best, Steinbrenner was an attorney at a Minnesota-based patent firm, where he practiced patent drafting and prosecution in the medical, electrical and software arts. Before becoming an attorney, he was a global intellectual property legal intern at Brady Corporation, an international manufacturing corporation. Steinbrenner earned his J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 2013, where he was President of the Intellectual Property Law Association and Assistant Managing Editor of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review. He completed his undergraduate studies at Marquette University, receiving a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2009.

Chicago, IL

Melissa Kolom is a patent agent with nearly 15 years of legal experience and focuses her practice on the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Kolom has experience in the preparation and prosecution of both U.S. and foreign patent applications and has rendered opinions on patent validity and infringement. Her technology experience includes vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, biologics and biosimilars, gene transfer vectors, gene therapy, nucleic acid sequences, proteins, antibody-drug conjugates, immunotherapy, pharmaceutical compositions, cell lines and generic drug products. Kolom received her M.S. in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000 and her B.S. in Biology from the University of Kansas in 1997.

Himani Nadgauda joins the firm as a patent engineer and member of the Life Sciences and Chemical subgroup. Nadgauda began with Michael Best as a summer patent engineer intern in 2014. During graduate school, she worked as a graduate research student in the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Advanced Materials Research Laboratory and as a technology commercialization analyst in the UIC Office of Technology Management. She also interned for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics. Nadgauda earned her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UIC in 2015 and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Biotechnology from the University of California-Berkeley in 2013. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and is fluent in Marathi.

Barry Sufrin is a partner with more than 35 years of experience. Sufrin’s practice centers on patent prosecution and counseling, litigation and licensing. He is also experienced in other aspects of intellectual property law, including trademark, trade secret and copyright matters. Prior to joining Michael Best, Sufrin was a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of a large, full-service firm in Chicago, IL. Sufrin received a J.D. from the University Illinois College of Law and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association and Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.

Washington, D.C.

Jiyeon Cheh joins the firm as an attorney focusing on patent and trademark matters, including utility and design patent preparation and prosecution, client counseling, due diligence, trademark clearance, names and registration. Prior to joining Michael Best, Cheh was an attorney for a boutique intellectual property firm in Washington, D.C. She received her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2010 and B.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Cheh is fluent in Japanese and Korean.

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