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Rachel focuses on intellectual property litigation, primarily on complex patent cases as well as trademark litigation. With a strong technical background and a degree in mechanical engineering, she has participated in cases involving a wide variety of technologies, including flash-memory chips, medical devices, digital displays, LED lighting, protective cases, hospital beds, gantry cranes and industrial lifts, security devices, software, and business methods.
Marie has represented clients at all stages of litigation in both federal and state court. She has experience handling a broad range of litigation matters including commercial contract disputes, property tax disputes, and product liability actions.
Kevin procures patents for clients in a wide range of technologies and also enforces clients’ patents in various federal courts and defends clients in court when their products or services are alleged to infringe others’ patents.
Mike has experience in all stages of litigation and has contributed to the successful resolution of a broad range of civil disputes. He has represented corporate and individual clients in commercial and business litigation involving contractual breaches, torts (including fraud and negligence), misappropriation of trade secrets, and discrimination.
Kelly assists with preparing and prosecuting patent applications, informed by more than ten years of experience in biochemical research. The skills she gained as a research scientist provide her with a broad knowledge of invention disclosures, freedom to operate, patentability, and patent infringement opinions.
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Edna is known for her strong track record in patentability analysis and freedom-to-operate searches, providing her an excellent foundation for successful outcomes in patent application preparation. Her technical background in bioelectrical engineering has enabled her to identify patentable subject matter from a holistic description of the system or product related to electrical applications.
Steve focuses his practice in the areas of taxation and general corporate matters with a specific emphasis on non-profit tax, partnership tax, and Section 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange transactions. He advises clients on federal, state, and local business and tax issues arising from a broad range of complex transactions.
Kristi has a broad range of experience in both patents and trademarks, and is involved in all stages of U.S. and international patent/trademark filing, prosecution, and maintenance. Frequently serving as a key contact for clients, she handles a number of responsibilities including filing domestic and international patent applications, office action responses, and appeal briefs; preparing and filing domestic and international trademark applications; and more.
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