Holly Johnston assists clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies to strategically develop and manage their U.S. and foreign intellectual property (IP) portfolios. Holly is admitted to practice in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a trained engineer experienced in prosecuting patents in numerous disciplines including medical devices and diagnostics, software, electronics, green technologies, manufacturing equipment and consumer products. She handles all aspects of IP procurement and counseling, including developing portfolios of valuable IP assets, providing formal opinions and partnering with IP owners to thoughtfully enforce rights through licensing and dispute resolution.
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.
Sherri L. Candelario, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Intellectual Property, Contracts and Business Development for Integrated Diagnostics, an emerging leader in molecular diagnostics based in Seattle. Candelario specializes in intellectual property (IP) strategy for early-stage life sciences companies. She is registered as a patent agent before the USPTO. At Indi, she leads IP strategy and manages the company’s patent portfolios and contracts. She negotiates licenses and contracts with external collaborators, including universities and private companies. She also manages the company’s outside counsel and develops the firm’s in-house IP practices. Prior to joining Integrated Diagnostics, she worked as an IP consultant, leading IP strategy for several life sciences companies, including Ikaria, Inc., Nanostring Technologies, Inc. and Allozyne, Inc. She served as Acting IP Director at each of those companies. She also served as Interim Director of IP at the Institute for Systems Biology. Candelario holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Washington.
Kevin is an Intellectual Property Attorney at Tektronix, focusing on patent prosecution and portfolio management. Kevin has extensive experience in IP and has held multiple IP focused roles including Associate Patent Attorney at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP. Patent Attorney at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt as well as Patent Examiner at the USPTO. Kevin has earned a A.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Lakeland College, a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law.
Stephen is currently Senior Corporate Counsel in T-Mobile’s Litigation Group. At T-Mobile, he manages patent and other intellectual property litigation and provides strategic counseling on various intellectual property matters. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Stephen served as Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation where he managed U.S. and international patent litigation in Microsoft’s Litigation Group dating back to 2001, and later handled various patent counseling, dispute resolution, and licensing related issues as part of Microsoft’s Innovation and Intellectual Property Group. As the second patent litigator hired at Microsoft, Stephen has been responsible for many large-scale and high stakes patent litigation matters, including the Lucent v. Microsoft series of cases that are cited to frequently in the context of patent damages reform. Prior to Microsoft, Stephen practiced at Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley, California, where he also focused on patent litigation and other intellectual property disputes. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law.
Lisa Nguyen is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins. Her practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation, and has included actions pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission, federal district courts and state courts. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex multi-defendant, multi-patent cases. She has obtained successful outcomes for her clients at trial, on summary judgment, and on motions to dismiss. She has also obtained walk aways for defendant clients with no payment to plaintiffs, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs awards.
Lisa is a member of Women Enriching Business (WEB), a Latham committee dedicated to promoting women in business both outside and inside the firm through global and local efforts to create broader networks and productive business relationships, to attract top talent and to support the long-term success of women.
Lisa has been recognized as a Rising Star in intellectual property litigation by Northern California Super Lawyers each year since 2013. As an undergraduate, Lisa regularly served as a teaching assistant for the introductory computer science course and was recognized with the Computer Science Department Award for Excellence and Dedication in Teaching. She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science and legal studies from U.C. Berkeley and her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Greg is an attorney and a business executive leading the management and utilization of the Kudeslki Group’s patent portfolio. The Kudelski Group is a global leader in providing video distribution technology and services. Greg leads a global team of professionals to set and meet IP business objectives. Before joining Kudelski, Greg was part of the Gray Cary and DLA Piper law firms where he litigated patents and complex commercial issues.
John is a patent attorney with over 10 years of experience working in major law firms and in-house environments. Experience extends from patent procurement to advising key players on patent and patent licensing matters for start-ups, universities, and large companies. Experience covers technological advancements in electrical hardware, computer science, communication systems, and other cutting edge technologies.
Prior to Sonos, he held various patent roles and responsabilities, including; Patent Associate and Patent Agent at Perkins Coie, Portfolio Manager at the University of Washington, Patent Agent at Darby & Darby. John has earned a B.S. and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
Diane Gabl Kratz is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Seagate Technology's headquarters in Cupertino, California. She manages Seagate’s global trademark portfolio, leading trademark strategy and handling enforcement of trademark, copyright, and domain name rights. She also manages the patent portfolio for the Consumer group, advising on strategy, prosecution, litigation, and transactions. Previously, Diane was in private practice at the Silicon Valley offices of international law firms Morrison & Foerster and Sidley Austin. There, she focused on IP litigation in industries such as semiconductors, software, telecom, consumer electronics, and medical devices.
A four-time Super Lawyers Rising Star, Diane regularly speaks at conferences and has been featured as a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Management Science & Engineering Department and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Diane received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University. She is a member of the California Bar and is registered to practice with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
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.
Mr. Heideman represents clients in all types of intellectual property disputes, with a focus on patent litigation. He has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including software companies, pharmaceutical companies in cases involving Abbreviated New Drug Applications under the Hatch-Waxman Act, aerospace companies, and biotechnology companies, among others. Mr. Heideman also represents clients in contentious Patent Office proceedings, including inter partes review and covered business method reviews. Mr. Heideman regularly counsels clients on pre-litigation matters, including analyzing patent infringement and validity. He has also represented clients in cases involving design patents, false advertising claims, trademarks, and inventorship disputes. In 2015, Mr. Heideman was selected to the Super Lawyers’ “Washington Rising Stars” list.
Mr. Heideman earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Prior to law school, Mr. Heideman obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with distinction, from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Heideman joined the firm as an associate in 2005 and became a partner in 2011.
Mr. Heideman co-founded the Canadian American Bar Association, and has served as its Secretary-Treasurer and as its Vice President. He is also an active member of the Washington State Patent Lawyers Association (WSPLA) and chairs the WSPLA Litigation Committee.
Melissa Finocchio is Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Intellectual Ventures. Ms. Finocchio joined IV in May of 2010 to build and lead IV’s patent enforcement program. Ms. Finocchio and her in-house team of litigators manage a large and complex portfolio of domestic and international patent matters. Successes in those matters have driven many settlements over time, resulting in significant revenue for the company and its investors. Ms. Finocchio is also in charge of the company’s substantial body of post-grant work before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board of the USPTO.
Ms. Finocchio serves as a key legal advisor to Intellectual Ventures’ senior executive team in support of the company’s licensing efforts and in devising and executing strategies to monetize its IP assets. In addition, Ms. Finocchio participates in the company’s policy and legislative efforts to strengthen and improve the US patent system, and is a regular speaker at significant IP conferences across the country.
Ms. Finocchio came to Intellectual Ventures from Micron Technology, Inc., where she managed Micron’s high-stakes litigation, including patent, antitrust, and securities matters. Before joining Micron, Ms. Finocchio had a long and successful career litigating technology cases in Silicon Valley. In 1998, Ms. Finocchio joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Menlo Park where in addition to representing companies of all sizes in a wide variety of IP litigation matters, she also served as hiring partner for the Silicon Valley Office and Partner-In-Charge of the firm-wide Associate Mentoring Program. Upon graduation from Santa Clara School of Law in 1990, Ms. Finocchio joined Jackson, Tufts, Cole & Black of San Francisco, and then Cooley Godward of Palo Alto.
Edward J. Brosius is Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at AMSTED Industries Incorporated. His current responsibilities include management of all intellectual property, litigation support and licensing matters at AMSTED, as well as management of all environmental law matters. Mr. Brosius received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Notre Dame in 1971 and a J.D. from DePaul in 1976. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, and in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Seventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Brosius was a power systems engineer for Commonwealth Edison from 1971 to 1975, and is a Registered Professional Engineer (inactive status) in Illinois. He has written numerous papers and has given many speeches on topics including review of patent, trademark and trade secret law and environmental law for employees of industrial corporations, and management of environmental administrative and compliance matters.
Mark Taylor is an Assistant General Counsel in the Litigation, Competition, and Compliance Group at Microsoft, where he focuses on patent litigation. Before joining Microsoft, he was a partner in the IP group at Morgan Lewis, where he represented clients involved in IP litigation at the ITC and in district court. He also spent time on secondment to the IP Litigation group at Hewlett-Packard Company. Mark studied biomedical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University and attended the George Washington University Law School.
Tim Casey is a multidiscipline intellectual property and technology law attorney who often acts as a one stop IP shop for his clients, typically small to mid-size companies, by serving as their general counsel or IP/technology counsel. His practice also includes patent opinion, preparation, prosecution and monetization, strategic planning, and privacy, as well as trademark preparation, prosecution, and enforcement for startups to small businesses to large, international corporations. Additionally, he manages corporate due diligence support and technology transactional agreements. Prior to entering private practice, Tim spent his career creating and managing technology and intellectual property, then monetizing that technology and IP, whether through license, sale, or litigation. After more than a decade in-house in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., at technology companies; five years managing the IP and technology law department of a Wall Street firm, handling very large corporate transactions, licenses, and patent litigations; and seven years co-founding and co-running an IP-focused startup business services firm, he now represents clients across all of these areas. Tim has written and prosecuted thousands of patents worldwide across technologies such as electrical/electronics, computer science, mechanical, physics, and industrial. He has written business and technology contracts for companies ranging from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 companies. Tim has registered trademarks and copyrights for individuals and companies and managed portfolios of 10,000 or more trademarks and many thousands of copyright registrations. He has advised individuals on how to license and/or litigate single patents and managed litigations of large portfolios and involving hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. He has advised clients on privacy, Internet, and strategic issues and helped to negotiate the language in U.S. and European legislation, as well as international treaties. Tim serves as a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley, University of Nevada, Reno, and a number of other colleges and universities.
Mauricio has extensive experience in comprehensive client counseling in all aspects of intellectual property law. He has been very active in the prosecution of patent applications in both the electrical engineering and computer software fields.
Mauricio has wide-ranging experience in developing patent portfolios and intellectual property assets. He also provides counsel on patentability, due diligence and infringement mitigation matters and comprehensive intellectual property programs including litigation and complex, global patent and technology licensing.
He joined the firm as a partner in the Seattle office in 2008.
Lance Follett is Senior Vice President at Westport Fuel Systems overseeing Corporate Development, Legal and IP activities. Mr. Follett focuses on developing, with global OEMs and manufacturers, new markets and channel for Westport-engineered natural gas vehicle technologies, engines and systems – leveraging Westport Fuel Systems' extensive IP portfolio. Mr. Follett is a member of the Law Society of BC and a registered Patent Agent and has an extensive background structuring and negotiating technology deals especially in the energy, high tech, alternative energy and automotive space. Mr. Follett joined Westport in 2001 as counsel for Westport and has work in a variety of capacities including VP of Licensing and VP of European Partnerships.
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.
Bill Harmon is Director of IP and Trademarks at UBER. He is formerly a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon. His practice focuses on intellectual property and cyber security litigation and counseling. He frequently counsels clients on IP related transactions. Before joining Shook in December 2014, Bill served as an Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Patent Litigation Group where he oversaw patent infringement cases involving Microsoft’s software, devices and cloud services in Federal Court and the International Trade Commission. Bill previously served as Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, leading a worldwide team of lawyers and technical forensic investigators to combat online child exploitation and financial crime. Before leading the Digital Crimes Unit, Bill was the General Manager for Microsoft’s Global Standards Team, responsible for establishing technical standards specifications and related intellectual property terms. Bill also led patent conflict and licensing investigations as Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Intellectual Property and Licensing Group. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Bill worked as a private practice attorney in San Francisco for eight years. He graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1995 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. Bill spent 4 years as an adjunct law professor at Seattle University teaching IP Licensing Law.