Biography

My Intellectual Property Law practice started in 2000, after having spent five years working for two Fortune 500 companies as an engineer.  I spent the first ten years of my law practice with larger firms, gaining invaluable training and experience serving numerous clients including an international turbine manufacturer, a leading supplier of automotive components, and a Fortune 200 food manufacturer.  I have drafted hundreds of patent applications and conducted numerous investigations into the value, validity, and scope of patents in various areas of technology and business.

Other details of my professional experience are set forth below:

Admitted to Practice:

Michigan, 2000

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2002

Ohio, 2007

Education:

University of Cincinnati, College of Law

University of Toledo, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

University of Toledo, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

Experience obtaining patents in the following areas of technology:

Aircraft engines, including lubrication scavenge systems and shaft coupling systems

Automotive systems, including chassis, brakes, steering columns, and climate control

Building & construction, including tools and fixtures

Edible consumer products, including appearance, formulations, and food manufacturing processes

General electromechanical & mechanical devices, including clamps, weld guns, valves, ball screws and constant velocity joints

Heat transfer systems, including evaporators/condensers, geothermal systems, vortex tubes and Stirling cycle applications

Manufacturing & assembly systems, including robotic manipulators, endless conveyors and modular production arrangements

Material science, including laser treatment of surfaces, electro-chemical machining and metal casting

Packaging systems, including packaging materials and packaging processes

Textiles, including fabric formation and laminating

 

Engineering Experience prior to Law Practice:

Sales Engineer, Tenneco Automotive, Monroe Shock Absorbers  
        
Product Engineer, Honeywell, FRAM Filters  
                                 
Product Engineer, A.M. General Corporation  
    

Current and Previous Professional Involvement:

American Intellectual Property Law Association (Electronic and Computer Law Committee)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Intellectual Property Owners Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association (Past President)


Publications and Presentations:

Presenter, ‚ÄúIntellectual Property for Business: Avoiding Problems and Securing Rights‚ÄĚ CLE Event, Findlay Chamber of Commerce and Findlay Bar Association, March 2014, Findlay, Ohio.

Panelist, ‚ÄúDay of the Trolls: The Pros and Cons of Settling A Patent Case and Taking a License When The Products Do Not Seem To Infringe,‚ÄĚ American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, October 2011, Washington D.C.

Presenter, ‚ÄúLegal Off-Shoring and In-Shoring in the Field of IP‚ÄĚ Educational Session, Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association, February 2010, Toledo, Ohio.

Amicus Brief, Bilski v. Kappos (oral arguments on 11/9/2009), August 2009.

Toledo Bar Association, "Rational Decision-making in Protecting an Invention," November 2008.

IP Today, "The Interplay between Trade Secrets and the First Inventor Defense," August 2007.

Global Intellectual Property Asset Management Report, "Protecting Product Designs in Europe Has Become Easier," June 2007.

Organizer, "The Impact of Medimmune on Future Licensing" Educational Session, American Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Meeting, May 2007, Boston.

Organizer, "IP Valuation" Educational Session, American Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Meeting, May 2006, Chicago.

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