Michelle is a patent attorney with 13 years’ experience in patent prosecution, portfolio management, patent analysis, licensing and monetization. She currently works as patent counsel for nLIGHT Inc. and has held past positions at Craig Patent Law PLLC and Stolowitz ford Cowger LLP. Michelle earned a BS in Chemistry from Eastern Washington University and received her JD from Willamette University College of Law. She belongs to the Oregon Patent Law Association.
Paul Swegle earned both a BA in Political Science and his JD from University of Washington. He currently serves as General counsel at Observa and has led successful funding rounds and filed applications for six patents crucial to the company’s success. Prior to his post at Observa, Paul served as General Counsel at Newyu and before that, Payment Gear. He is a board member for Alliance for Pioneer Square and also serves on the board of advisors for the Innovation and Technology Law Degree Program at Seattle University School of Law.
Jesse Kindra is the University of Washington Assistant Vice President for Intellectual Property Management. He took this position after spending more than twelve years working first as an adjunct and then as the Director of Intellectual Property Management at University of Washington, and before that in two IP-related positions at the National Institutes of Health. Jesse holds a BS in Biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MS in Biotechnology and Business from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and a JD from Capital University Law School.
Matt Talpis serves at Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Vulcan Inc. He has held a number of other IP-related positions at companies including Amazon, IBM, and Emerson Process Management. He holds a JD from University of Arizona and a BS in Computer Science from University of California San Diego. He is a certified US Patent Attorney and is licensed to practice in the states of Washington and Texas.
Mark S. Parris, partner in the Seattle office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Parris’ practice focuses on complex commercial litigation involving patent and trade secret issues and other related technology disputes. His experience includes litigating and assisting clients with drafting and negotiation of licenses and other contracts relating to the sale or distribution of hardware, software, medical devices, and other intellectual property and products. Mr. Parris has substantial experience in representing clients in litigation and counseling concerning protection and misappropriation of trade secrets, enforcement of non-competition agreements and other competitive issues, as well as general commercial distribution practices and contracts. He was one of two patent litigators in Washington selected as an Amazing Attorney by Washington CEO magazine and was recently recognized as one of the top 30 trial lawyers in Washington. He has been a speaker nationally at various seminars on litigation and trial techniques. Mr. Parris has tried numerous cases - both jury and non-jury trials - has handled several arbitrations and mediations and has served as an expert witness. In addition, Mr. Parris is a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group. He has been named as the leading policy-holder side attorney in Washington State. He has represented several Fortune 500 companies as well as the State of Washington, the Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys and several cities, counties and port authorities in insurance coverage disputes.
Carole is a practicing patent attorney with experience in all aspects of intellectual property protection and strategy and law, including patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets and addressing issues regarding patentability analysis, drafting, filing, patent prosecution, transactions, standards, cease and desist issues, indemnification, due diligence, trademark and patent infringement analysis, design arounds, right to market clearances, competitive landscapes, and requests to license. She is currently Associate General Counsel and Chief IP counsel for TerraPower and holds a JD from Harvard Law School, a MS in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS in Astronautical Engineering from the US Air Force Academy.
Mr. Finrow is a seasoned biotechnology executive with leadership experience managing IP strategy, fundraising and corporate development. Mr. Finrow recently took the helm of Lumen Bioscience, a Seattle-based synthetic biotechnology company. From 2014 to 2017, he led corporate development and legal affairs for Adaptive Biotechnologies, including their $200 million acquisition of Sequenta in 2014 and equity financing transactions yielding over $300 million in proceeds. Mr. Finrow spent his early career an attorney with Venture Law Group and Cooley LLP, an AmLaw Global 100 law firm, where he practiced in the emerging companies group advising venture capital firms and public and private companies in the life sciences and information technology industries. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
T.J. is general counsel with fifteen years of in-house and law firm experience. Currently he is General Counsel at Digital Control Incorporated. Prior to that, he worked for Intellectual Ventures as Senior Counsel. His law firm experience includes 8 years at Fenwick & West LLP, a Silicon Valley-based firm, representing publicly traded and privately held technology companies (including Cisco Systems and Symantec). He holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington.
David Killough is an Assistant General Counsel in the Litigation, Competition and Compliance Group of Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs department. Killough’s principal responsibility is management of Microsoft patent litigation matters in the U.S. and internationally. Before joining Microsoft in 2008, Killough was a partner of the firm Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Austin, Texas, where he co-headed the Intellectual Property & Technical Litigation Section, and before that was a partner of the firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP in California. He received his B.A. degree from North Texas State University in 1977 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1983. While in private practice, Killough was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Texas Super Lawyers.
Tim Croll is Deputy General Counsel, IP at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, which delivers high-performance, high-quality solutions at the heart of today's most advanced embedded systems, from automotive, industrial and networking platforms to highly interactive consumer and mobile devices. As such, Mr. Croll is involved with many aspects of Cypress’s Intellectual Property management, including patent and other IP portfolio development and monetization. During the past quarter century Mr. Croll has worked as Director of Intellectual Property at Spansion, and as an IP attorney at LSI Corp., Agilent Technologies , Hewlett-Packard and in private practice. Prior to law school, Mr. Croll worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley.
Clients trust Mark to solve their patent disputes quickly, efficiently, and strategically. He has served as lead counsel on numerous patent infringement litigation matters, and he has successfully represented clients in jury trials, bench trials, and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine writes that Mark is “[a]lways one of the best lawyers in the courtroom, he has an even temperament for litigation and is precise in everything he does,” calling him “quite a force to be reckoned with.” Clients recognize Mark for being “always well-prepared and conscientious” and “tough when the situation requires it.”
Mark has extensive experience with pharmaceutical litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. He has advised clients on a wide range of drug products and technologies, including new chemical entities, complex formulations, polymorphs, methods of treatment and extended release formulations. Mark is also experienced in FDA practice and strategy related to generic pharmaceutical products, including controlled correspondence, citizen petitions, suitability petitions and labeling carve-outs.
Mark also has experience protecting and defending other technologies, including medical devices, communications networks, cellular telephony, LCD panels, oil drilling equipment, wind turbines, electrical connectors, and mechanical devices. He is a frequent speaker and author on current topics in patent law.
Mark consistently has been named by publications and in lists that honor attorney achievement. Mark is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 and in the IAM Patent 1000 2015 and 2016—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, and was ranked in the top 100 attorneys in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list. Mark is an LMG Life Science Star (2015) and is listed in Managing Intellectual Property's - Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners (2015). In 2006 he was named one of Forty Illinois Attorney Under 40 to Watch by Super Lawyers Rising Stars.
As Account & Business Development Executive, Christine helps research-based corporations and their outside counsel to identify and implement solutions for challenges in IP through Questel’s suite of tools and services. She also provides training and knowledge-sharing webinars on optimizing IP management, research and analysis. Prior to joining Questel in early 2016, Christine served as a Senior Project and Account Manager for Technology & Patent Research International. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Cellular Biology and French from the University of California, Davis, as well as a Master’s in Management - International Sales & Marketing from France. While living in Europe, Christine drove the preclinical molecular analysis software/services business for ImaBiotech, a start-up CRO specializing in mass spectrometry imaging.
Richard A. Gollhofer is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Staas & Halsey LLP.He has obtained intellectual property protection by preparing and prosecuting patent applications and evaluating patents for computer systems, process control systems, optical imaging systems, and communication systems, as well as their use in e-commerce. He is the author or co-author of articles on copyright and patent protection of computer software and was a member of an ABA subcommittee that prepared responses to the USPTO on Examination Guidelines for Computer-Related Inventions in the 1990s. He is currently co-chair of an AIPLA subcommittee that is responsible for preparing responses to the USPTO on the Interim Patent Eligibility Guidance.
Mr. Gollhofer has a computer science degree (B.S.) from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a law degree (J.D.) from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is admitted to the Illinois Bar and the District of Columbia Bar and is a member of the engineering and mathematics honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Pi Mu Epsilon. He also holds memberships in the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Mehdi Sheikerz is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Staas & Halsey LLP. Mr. Sheikerz has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting computer software related patent applications in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Sheikerz handles appealing decisions of the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mr. Sheikerz handles post-patent-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in particular reissue of patents. Mr. Sheikerz conducts presentations on patenting for clients. Mr. Sheikerz also advises small to mid-sized businesses on establishing in-house intellectual property (IP) programs including patents, trademarks and licensing.
Mr. Sheikerz has experience in the software industry. Before attending law school, Mr. Sheikerz was a software programmer for over 4 years. Mr. Sheikerz developed telecommunication messaging system software for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in northern Virginia and worked for a number of small business software consulting companies, including as a Lotus Notes consultant. During law school, Mr. Sheikerz held a legal externship with the in-house legal department of CSC Intelicom, a CSC company in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mr. Sheikerz has a computer science degree (B.S.) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), a law degree (J.D.) from the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, and an intellectual property degree (M.S.) from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.
Mr. Sheikerz is admitted to practice in the state of Florida and in Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.), and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Sheikerz holds memberships in the Florida and D.C. Bars and in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
Alice Garber is a Senior Corporate Counsel at T-Mobile USA, Inc. in Bellevue, WA. As an engineer and patent litigator, Alice has over 17-years of experience in high-tech law. A previous partner of Kirkland and Ellis LLP in San Francisco, Alice now advises T-Mobile on a full-range of patent and intellectual property issues, involving litigation, assets and transactions.
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.