For nearly thirty years I have been primarily working on intellectual property protection matters, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, including firm and corporate experience. The practice has also included drafting and prosecuting numerous patent applications, managing trademark portfolios, managing domain names, undertaking opinion analyses, conducting licensing and due diligence assessments, counseling internal and external clients, managing adversarial actions, developing strategies for generic approvals, and managing and training other patent practitioners. I’ve also lectured extensively on an assortment of US and foreign intellectual property issues, including patenting of follow-on biological therapeutics and polymorphs, strategic management of intellectual property assets, analyzing and critiquing of patent cases before the US Supreme Court such as Paragraph IV strategies, safe harbor provisions of §271(e)(1) in view of Merck v. Integra and obviousness considerations in view of KSR, and discussing importance of intellectual protection for fostering the development of pharmaceuticals. My expertise is in devising innovative tools and practices for improving the procurement of patents, developing corporate responses to legislative and administrative patent related initiatives, developing strategies for responding to improper Patent Office positions such as the restricting of Markush claims, patenting of polymorphs and procuring a proprietary position for reformulated drugs, and enhancing the defensive and offensive character of patents.
Crystal M. Lacey is the Intellectual Property Counsel for Suez Water Technologies & Solutions (SWTS) supporting the Chemical and Monitoring Solutions (CMS) business. In her role, she is responsible for domestic and international legal issues that are related to intellectual property, including freedom to operate reviews, management of patent and trademark prosecution, and agreement drafting and negotiation.
Prior to devoting herself full time to the practice of law, Crystal spent 10 years working as an engineer in the chemical and filtration industries for the Rohm & Haas Company and Pall Corporation. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Business Administration from Drexel University. She is graduate of the Widener University School of Law. Crystal also earned her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University.
Mark Maloney began his career in the legal industry as a litigator in Chicago, but moved to intellectual property working at several law firms as an associate, including Barnes & Thornberg, Pepper Hamilton, and Eckert Seamans. He later went into in-house practice, first as acting Chief IP Counsel for Alcoa’s North American Milled Products division through Eckert Seamans, then as Senior Patent Counsel for E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Practicing primarily in the area of intellectual property and technology law, Mr. Maloney has considerable skill in intellectual property strategy and has prepared and prosecuted numerous patents on commercially successful products with combined sales totaling about $1B globally. In addition, he has prepared and negotiated licenses in a wide variety of fields. He has provided significant pro bono work for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, serving the Delaware community by leading teams of attorneys in multiple wills & trusts pro bono clinics for low income elderly. Mark is currently the Associate Director for Technology Licensing at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures focusing on intellectual property portfolio management and licensing in the medical device, aerospace, chemical and software industries.
Joseph Miller is an intellectual property attorney with a broad range of experience in a variety of roles and industries. Joe’s practice covers most areas of intellectual property procurement and enforcement, including patent portfolio development and management, clearances, opinions, licensing, joint development agreements, due diligence, trademark portfolio development and management, trade secrets, and copyrights. Joe has represented clients in a variety of electrical, computer, and mechanical technologies, including RFID, tracking devices, electronic article surveillance, optics, telecommunication systems, wireless, sonar surveillance, wave digital filters, carbon nanotubes, printers, and valve systems.
Prior to joining The Belles Group, P.C., Joe held the position of Chief IP Counsel for a publicly traded technology company. As with other members of The Belles Group, P.C., Joe also practiced as an IP attorney for a prestigious international law firm for a number of years prior to advancing his career and skill set in the in-house setting. Joe has also served as a federal law clerk to The Honorable Joseph J. Farnan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
Joe is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and he is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Joe is a 2004 cum laude graduate of Ave Maria School of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor for the school’s law review. He is also a 2001 cum laude graduate of Rowan University, where he received a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Rosaleen is a skilled attorney with in-house and law firm experience, handeling all aspects of sophisticated intellectual property and commercial law, including contracts, patent and trademark prosecution, and litigation. She has excellent technical capabilities combined with management skills focused on careful attention to detail and communication with clients ensures that their objectives are met and their projects are completed within time and budget constraints.
Prior to Drager, Rosaleen held the Senior IP Counsel position at Air Products, the Associate Attorney position at Woodcock Washburn and various trademark and prosecution responsibilities at Campbell Soup Company. She earned her Engineering Degree from Rutgers University, her M.B.A from San Jose State University and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School.
Steven Weiner is an expert IP strategist. He serves as Chief Patent Officer and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property at SRI International, a nonprofit, world-leading scientific R&D institution. Steven works closely with SRI’s management, business teams and innovative researchers to help commercialize SRI’s intellectual property in partnership with licensees and clients ranging from new ventures to Fortune Global 500 market leaders. Steven was a partner for over 8 years with Davis Polk, a preeminent global law firm, where he led and grew the firm’s Corporate Intellectual Property practice. Steven advised companies and investors on high-stakes transactional decisions requiring deep insight into IP law, technology, and business strategy. Steven is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude), MIT (S.M., Computer Science & Electrical Engineering) and University of Pennsylvania (B.S.E., Systems Science & Engineering, summa cum laude). Steven co-invented several issued patents in the field of artificial intelligence, and he was named to the inaugural list of the world’s leading IP strategists by IAM 250 – A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists. Steven is admitted to practice law in the State of California and is a registered United States Patent Attorney.
Ryan Strom is Director Counsel – Intellectual Property at Target, where he focuses on patent portfolio management and open source software issues. In addition to stops at several law firms, Ryan previously worked for nearly five years as Senior Counsel at Philip Morris International in Mexico City and New York. Ryan holds his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He also received his law degree from the University of Minnesota and is currently licensed to practice in Minnesota. Though he’s now a cold-loving Minnesotan who his weekends getting his four kids dressed for hockey practice, he grew up in Fresno, California.
Leon is IP Counsel at Novo Nordisk. He has extensive experience in IP litigation from a tactical and strategic perspective. Prior to his role at Novo Nordisk, Leon was a Patent Attorney at Foley and Lardner LLP. Previously he served as Patent Examiner at the USPTO. Leon earned his BS in Bioengineering from the University of California - San Diego, his MSE in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from Georgetown University.
Allen White currently serves as Chief IP Counsel for the North American affiliates of the Air Liquide group. He manages a department of 12 full time and 2 contract employees, including 6 attorneys. Allen worked as a patent engineer, prior to admission to the Texas bar in 2001, and as an IP specialist attorney since. Allen's experience includes extensive M&A duedil work, both technology centric and business centric. As part of his responsibilities, Allen drafts and negotiates numerous IP and technology driven agreements from NDAs to JDAs to Commercial Exploitation rights. Allen has also performed numerous FTO's and managed the follow on identified IP risks through opinions, design around counsel, invalidation actions, and licensure procurement. Allen still drafts and prosecutes patent applications, mainly related to the healthcare and life sciences/biotech segment of Air Liquide's diverse business portfolio. Prior to working at Air Liquide, Allen was an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright). Allen is licensed in Texas and registered with the USPTO.
Matthew focuses his practice on achieving business goals of clients across a myriad of industries. This includes patent portfolio development and strategic patent prosecution; litigation in federal district court; and inter partes proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Matthew has a particular expertise in the pharmaceutical, life science and medical device fields. He draws on this experience to assist clients in the identification of products as business development opportunities and to maneuver through intellectual property hurdles by coordinating due diligence, preparing patent validity, freedom-to-operate and non-infringement opinions, and resolving disputes in Federal District Court and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Prior to entering private practice at prominent Washington, D.C. firms, Matthew worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he was responsible for patent applications relating heterocyclic organic chemistry in the pharmaceutical and carbohydrate fields.
Matthew was selected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners,2014-2017; Virginia Rising Stars, 2014-2015; and Washington, D.C. Rising Stars, 2014-2015.
Matthew brings his legal insight and business instincts to bear for clients. He looks at issues from all perspectives to achieve the most effective and desired outcome for his clients. This is particularly important in today’s competitive business environment where legal strategy must fit within the business goals of a client.
In his spare time, Matthew is an avid road cyclist and outdoors enthusiast.
Dan Shulman is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Reynolds Group Holdings, Ltd. and Fram Autoparts, a $13 billion global packaging and automotive parts company comprised of Reynolds Consumer Products, Pactiv, Closure Systems International, Evergreen Packaging, Graham Packaging, Fram and Autolite. Dan is responsible for managing the global patent and trademark portfolio of those combined companies, setting IP strategy, managing all IP litigation and acting as lead counsel in appellate work before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan also routinely leads corporate initiatives in which IP drives significant value. Dan was with Pactiv prior to its acquisition by Reynolds Group Holdings in 2010. Prior to joining Pactiv in 2007 as its Chief IP Counsel, Dan was Senior IP Licensing Counsel for Motorola. Prior to that, Dan was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP from 1999-2006. Dan received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1999, and is a graduate of Northwestern University (1996) with degrees in Mathematics, Physics and the Integrated Science Program. Dan has been recognized as one of the Top Forty Lawyers Under 40 in Illinois (2013) by The Law Bulletin, and as a Managing IP In-House IP Star 2015 and 2016. Dan is a frequent speaker on topics of IP law, and has authored numerous articles on various IP topics and Federal Circuit jurisprudence. Dan is the author of two books: Insights Hurt: Bringing Healing Thoughts to Life, and Personal Midrash: Fresh Insights Into the Torah, due out in August.
Saket Sankhla is a Senior Business Unit Patent Officer for IT business at Schneider Electric. He leads Schneider Electric’s global IT IP function. His key responsibilities include: portfolio development and strategic IP development, determine new technologies for Schneider Electric, manage IP budget, and negotiating tech transfers with strategic partners within the company and beyond. Saket enjoys presenting IP training to the upper management. Mr. Sankhla travels globally to assist the R&D hubs.
Mr. Sankhla has held numerous global leadership roles in law, business, and technology. Prior to his current position, he has worked with reputed law firms, and corporations such as SAP and Motorola. Before venturing in IP, Saket worked in software programming and electronics. He believes this gives him an added advantage to understand the engineers (lack of engineer’s interest in IP) and project life cycle.
Saket’s passion to share knowledge brings him to present in many IP Summits. He routinely speaks and counsels globally on successfully executing global IP strategies for competitive advantage, effecting exceptional returns on IP investment, and transforming to innovative global legal department operations.
He even finds time to be give lecturers in University of New Hampshire. Mr. Sankhla has a Masters of Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce Law Center, Masters in Information Technology from IIT-Roorkee, and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from Bharathiar University.
Seasoned Intellectual Property lawyer with 20+ years of combined legal and engineering experience. Trained, managed, and mentored teams of attorneys, engineers and support staff ranging from 3-12 professionals. Drafted and negotiated nondisclosure, technology development and licensing agreements. Managed intellectual property litigation. Proven track record of success. Before attending law school, James worked in the pulp and paper industry in various engineering and management positions for twelve years. During this time, James had extensive exposure to process improvements and product development in the newsprint manufacturing and paper recycling area as well as newspaper printing. During his final six years, he focused on control and information systems including control system analysis and design and information system support. While in law school, James was honored as a member of the Order of the Barons. He was the Managing Editor of the Houston Journal of International Law and served as judicial intern to Justice Charles W. Seymore of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston. He was admitted to practice law in State of Texas in 2006.
Michael J. Bonella has extensive experience as a litigator, as well as a patent prosecutor. Michael has argued cases before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. For example, Michael successfully represented Biosig Instruments against Nautilus at the Federal Circuit, where the appellate Court reversed the District Court’s invalidity finding. Michael further developed Biosig’s strategy for the Supreme Court proceedings in which the Supreme Court essentially adopted the indefiniteness standard proposed by Biosig in the landmark case decided last year.
In addition, Michael has been the lead lawyer on a number of district court litigations, representing both plaintiffs and defendants and is well-versed in all aspects of district court litigation. For instance, he was the primary force behind a settlement valued at $45 million for TruePosition. He is also well-versed in post-grant proceedings (e.g., reexamination, opposition, and Inter Parties Review (IPR)) before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Michael is one of the few attorneys who has an LLM in Trial Advocacy and is also a registered patent attorney. In complex litigation, Michael’s strategy is to focus on trial from the onset of litigation and to maintain that focus throughout the case. By focusing on trial from the outset, Michael states that the “entire case can be managed strategically and with specific purposes and goals.”
Michael also has experience managing patent portfolios and counseling clients on intellectual property issues. He emphasizes strategies aimed at protecting the client’s core business with an eye towards client’s competitors. Michael focuses on understanding the client’s business, the client’s products, and the competition the client faces in the market place to develop patent strategies that are tailored to each individual client.
When asked about his formative technological experiences, Michael mentioned the flexibility he showed in the U.S. Naval Submarine program. Although Michael’s undergraduate degree was in mechanical engineering, Michael was certified as a nuclear engineering by the U.S. Navy and received advanced training in electrical engineering from the U.S. Navy. Basically, he notes, this background helps in learning each clients’ technology, whether it is medical device, telecommunications, software, or electrical hardware technology. He has extensive experience in all of these areas.
Todd R. Walters is the Chair of the firm’s Patent Office Litigation practice. He is the current Chair of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trial Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the current Chair of the USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Practice Committee of the American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) section. He has previously served as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, and Executive Management team and Co-leader of the IP Section. He has previously served as Chair of the Interference Committee of the AIPLA. He has also served as Vice-chair of the Interference Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) association for approximately ten years.
Todd focuses his practice on many phases of intellectual property law, with a special emphasis on inter partes matters before the PTAB, and in federal courts representing clients in well over one hundred inter partes matters. Todd has worked on all types of technologies, including matters in the biotechnology, chemical, electrical, mechanical, and pharmaceutical fields. He has aided clients in settlement of proceedings and prevailed on patentability and priority issues. He has further prevailed in complex, multi-party, and multi-application inter partes matters and has represented clients in actions before district courts and the Federal Circuit. He has experience in counseling clients in most other aspects of intellectual property, including patent procurement, infringement and validity analysis, opinion writing, and federal litigation.
Todd is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only honor, given to less than one half of one percent of all American lawyers, vigorously vetted for skills, expertise, and service. Todd has been named as a leader in his field in the Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners. He was identified as one of the “World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigators” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. He was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s best lawyers. Todd has also been selected for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 list for patents.
Todd was recommended in IAM's Patent 1000, on the national level for post-grant proceedings. He has also been recognized in Chambers USA for his intellectual property work. In addition, Todd was recognized for his work in the (national) intellectual property and PTAB Litigation practices as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property, where his peers noted him for being, “highly ethical and very considerate,” as well as, “very knowledgeable about prosecution and [the] interference/IPR practice.”
Todd was the originator and organizer of the popular Interference Practice in the New Millennium series of seminars on interference practice. He wrote commentary for the AIPLA and IPO that helped shaped the rules of practice for interferences adopted by the USPTO in 2004.
Todd was an invited member of a blue ribbon committee of the AIPLA that addressed patent law reforms, including first-inventor-to-file, inter partes review, and post-grant review issues. Much of this work is found in legislation adopted by Congress in the America Invents Act. Todd has been a frequent lecturer on PTAB proceedings.
Companies and individuals work hard to create business opportunities to build on a successful business. Understanding this, Ross helps them protect their business and realize the gains of their efforts by developing the proper IP strategy. “It’s important to understand the goals of each business, and focus the business’ IP strategy in a direction that helps meet those goals,” Ross says. “When I’m advising larger financial services or medical device clients, I have a different approach than, say, smaller tech startups.”
In successfully prosecuting utility patent applications, design patent applications, and trademark applications for his clients, Ross has gained valuable experience in both foreign and domestic prosecution. After the patents or trademarks have been obtained, Ross also works with clients to develop the proper licensing or litigation strategy for protecting their rights. In fact, Ross has spent nearly 10 years supporting litigation and licensing efforts.
Ross has valuable experience formulating and executing post-grant strategy on behalf of his clients as well. “Due to your limited opportunity to convince an adverse party of your position, whether it be an Examiner in a reexam or a company in litigation, going in with the proper strategy is 90% of the battle,” Ross reminds his clients. “Preparing the proper initial strategy for success to drive the variables toward improving your position in litigation or licensing discussions is always fact intensive. You have to spend the right amount of time upfront.”
Ross understands the technological, legal, and business aspects of inventions that leverage electrical and computer systems. For example, he is familiar with computer hardware and software, mobile devices (e.g., apps, cell phones, tablets, etc.), medical devices, wired and wireless networking systems (e.g., Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Zigbee, etc.), telecommunications systems, load control systems, and manufacturing systems. Having been exposed to a substantial breadth of industries, including financial services, software development, home automation, medical device, and telecommunications, Ross has the ability to tailor strategies to specific market segments.
Prior to practicing law, Ross worked as a software developer and technical support expert to learn the ins and outs of the technology he helps protect today. While in law school, Ross was an Executive Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and Associate Editor of the Syracuse Science and Technology Law Reporter.
Todd Klein is a registered patent attorney with experience in both patent prosecution and litigation matters. Prior to joining The Belles Group, P.C., Todd worked at Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP.
Todd’s current practice concentrates in patent preparation and patent prosecution primarily in the electrical and electromechanical arts. Todd’s current focus is on the procurement of patent protection for his client’s in both domestic and global markets, depending on the particular client’s needs. His practice includes the representation of clients in a wide variety of technologies including semiconductor equipment, personal safety devices, art equipment, network systems, consumer products, computer software and electronics.
Todd’s litigation experience includes protecting his client’s computer software and medical device patents by asserting those patents against infringers. He has extensive experience in conducting claim interpretation analysis.
Todd is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Todd graduated from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in 2008, receiving his J.D. cum laude, and from the University of Maryland in 2005 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.