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.
Jessica Nguyen leads (and built from the ground up) the legal department at PayScale, a rapidly growing tech company based in Seattle focused on cloud-based compensation management solutions. Currently, PayScale is #6 on the GeekWire tech start-up rankings. Prior to PayScale, Jessica supported the Outlook and Exchange teams at Microsoft and helped other tech start-ups (Avalara and hibu) scale and grow their businesses.
Pamela is Senior Attorney at Microsoft with a focus in intellectual property and software licensing. PReviously Pamela held various other Attorney positions at Brobeck, Phledger & Harrison LLP. Pamela has earned a B.A. in English and Literature from the Unviersity of Denver and her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Wendy Kearns represents a wide variety of clients in transactional and intellectual property matters. She assists clients with their technology, licensing, marketing, advertising, and promotion needs. Wendy also counsels on retail, payments, branding, distribution, channel sales, and resale matters. Her clients range from well-established and startup technology companies to those in the financial services industries. She has deep experience in cloud and distributed systems and is a frequent speaker on that topic. Wendy also has worked extensively with financial services companies on emerging payment systems, technology transactions, and related intellectual property issues. Wendy has worked as a software developer, software product manager, and a business development manager, in addition to practicing law.
Phyllis T. Turner-Brim is vice president, assistant general counsel IP and Technology at Starbucks Coffee Company headquartered in Seattle, WA. As the head of Starbucks Intellectual Property and Technology legal team, Phyllis leads the legal support for the worldwide protection, enforcement and deployment of Starbucks intellectual property portfolio (including trademarks, patents and copyrights), for commercial transactions in the areas of information technology and digital ventures, and for global data protection and privacy efforts. She is a member of the Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs leadership team, as well as a strategic business partner and legal advisor to executives leading Starbucks Global Strategy and Starbucks Technology teams.
Immediately prior to joining Starbucks, Phyllis was Vice President, Chief IP Counsel at Intellectual Ventures Management LLC (“IV”) in Bellevue, WA where she led a large team responsible for legal services supporting patent acquisitions and divestitures, licensing, prosecution, and related transactions. Prior to joining IV, Phyllis held in-house legal and business management positions at Intermec Technologies Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Cabot Microelectronic Corporation and Amoco Corp. She began her legal career as an associate at McAndrews, Held and Mallow, Ltd. in Chicago, IL.
Phyllis is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Law School, and a honors graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology (B.S. Chemical Engineering). She has served as a lecturer/presenter on several topics including, developing business focused licensing programs, diversity in the law, recruitment and retention of minorities and women in technical professions, chemical patent drafting, IP strategy development, career development and personal risk taking. Phyllis has been named as one of IAM’s IP Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategist for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Phyllis is a member of the Trustee Boards of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation and the Snohomish County (WA) YMCA, Bloodworks Northwest. She is also a member of the University of Cincinnati Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.
Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Phyllis held technical management positions with General Electric Co. and Procter and Gamble Co.
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.
Ms. Loesch litigates intellectual property matters in Federal Courts around the country, representing a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 e-commerce and software companies. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and multiple clients in joint defense groups and in large multi-defendant litigations. She has extensive experience managing complex patent litigations, including participating in trials, taking and defending depositions, working with experts, and engaging in settlement negotiations.
Ms. Loesch also represents clients in trademark and copyright infringement suits in Federal Court and in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Sally F. White is counsel at Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, P.S., where she practices intellectual property law and complex commercial litigation. She represents a diverse array of clients, ranging from multinational corporations to small businesses and individuals. Sally regularly advises clients on how to protect their brands and selecting protectable trademarks; she files state, federal, and international trademark applications and copyright applications, and shepherds these to registration; she drafts and negotiates intellectual property agreements; and she litigates intellectual property disputes. Sally also litigates wage-and-hour matters, employment discrimination claims, consumer class actions, trusts and estates disputes, and breach of contract claims.
While in law school, Sally was a judicial extern for the Hon. William Alsup of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and served on her law school’s Moot Court Board and Law Review staff. Sally graduated with a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and with a B.A., cum laude, from Gonzaga University.
Christa Anderson handles complex and high-stakes business litigation for some of the country’s top corporations, including Google, SanDisk, Broadcom, American Honda, and Sutter Health. She has extensive experience in the areas of intellectual property (patent, copyright and trademark), breach of contract, antitrust, business torts and class actions.
Ms. Anderson has litigated, mediated and tried cases in federal courts around the country (including California, Texas, and Virginia), as well as in California state court.
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.
Jen Hurley is Managing Corporate Counsel at T-Mobile supporting the company’s marketing efforts, including agency, sponsorship and talent agreements and advising on copyright and trademark issues. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Jen held the position of Associate General Counsel at Corbis Corporation where she advised the company in the areas of copyright, trademark, personality rights, entertainment law, licensing, marketing and digital rights. Prior to joining Corbis, Jen spent over five years at Starbucks Coffee Company in its intellectual property and commercial groups and she started her legal career at Davis Wright Tremaine. Jen received her JD from the University of Washington in 2000 where she graduated with high honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While Jen was in law school, she was appointed as the first Student Regent on the University of Washington’s Board of Regents. In addition, she has a MLS from the University of Washington and her BA is in English from Swarthmore College where she graduated with high honors. Jen is a frequent speaker on intellectual property and marketing law.
As a VP and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, Linda Norman manages the team that provides legal and regulatory advice for Xbox, including the games and entertainment titles and the Xbox Live Service. Linda serves on the Senior Leadership teams for Xbox and Microsoft’s Law & Corporate Affairs departments. Prior to assuming her current role supporting the Xbox team in April, Linda served as the lead lawyer for the Windows Phone Division, during which time she supported the launch of the Windows Phone and played key roles in the alliance with Nokia and Microsoft’s eventual purchase of Nokia’s phone business. Linda began her career at Microsoft in 1997, where she served for 14 years as a litigator, managing key antitrust, intellectual property, and class action lawsuits and regulatory actions
Mary is a technology executive, strategist, inventor and entrepreneur. Her past roles include Founder and CEO of Ivycorp, VP of Strategic Technology for McCaw Cellular Communications and VP of Technology Development for AT&T Wireless. She has founded and built companies specializing in wireless, telecommunications, software and film production. A licensed professional engineer, Mary holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and has authored more than a dozen patents.
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.
Since 1996, Vickie’s practice has focused on worldwide patent preparation and prosecution, strategic counseling, licensing assistance, and due diligence portfolio reviews to life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and venture capital groups. Vickie’s practice also includes litigation support, the preparation of patentability, freedom-to-operate, and non-infringement opinions.
Vickie had a long in-house career prior to joining FisherBroyles. She was involved from idea to commercialization in biofuels, protein engineering, enzymology and fermentation technologies. She also has extensive experience in the area of therapeutic and diagnostic antibodies such as human, humanized, and non-human antibodies with application in the treatment, prevention, and/or diagnosis of cancer, inflammatory diseases, infectious diseases, and neurological diseases.
Vickie has also been involved in the defense of client portfolios in the courts as an active member of a litigation team. She has also been involved in post-grant invalidation procedures both at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and at foreign patent offices (Europe and China). She has also instituted actions against competitors when necessary to ensure a client’s interest is protected.
Vickie received her Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego. She then began her intellectual property career as a scientific liaison in Tulane University’s Office of Technology Transfer. Subsequently, she earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She has worked in large and small law firms. Dr. Brewster gained business experience in-house first at Genencor, a leading biotechnology company in the area of protein engineering and cellulosic biofuels, then at Genentech, a pharmaceutical corporation in the area of immunotherapeutics.
Vickie’s objective is to serve the immediate needs and long-term goals of her clients by developing an effective IP strategy that positions them for future success. Vickie has the vision to help decision-makers meet the company’s needs and goals.
Jennifer Bennett is an experienced, technically trained patent litigation partner in the firm's Patent Litigation and Intellectual Property and Technology practice. Jennifer has a significant track record as the managing lawyer in complex patent infringement cases in the U.S. District Courts in California, Delaware, and Texas as well as in cases before the International Trade Commission. Her patent litigation, including jury trial experience, has focused on various complex technologies, with a particular emphasis on biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, molding, electronics, telecommunications, LED technology and software applications.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California and a J.D. at Santa Clara University Law School, where she was an editor of the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal. A registered patent attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Jennifer focuses on representation of global electronics, telecommunications, software and biotechnology companies in high stakes, fast-paced patent infringement litigations.
Alisa Tazioli, a Managing Director, joined the Seattle office in 2005 and leads in-house counsel searches throughout the Pacific Northwest market. Alisa brings legal recruiting experience both from law firm and corporate settings, having lead corporate counsel searches, including for general counsel, for public and private companies based in the Pacific Northwest. She works on behalf of clients from Fortune 500, publicly traded and privately held, placing high-performing candidates who also mesh well with the organization's culture. She takes the time to understand her client's overall business and working environment and then provides them with deep insights on each candidate she presents. For her candidates, Alisa shares insights about her clients' needs and takes the time to get to know her candidates well to discern if there is a good match for an opportunity.
A lifelong resident of the Seattle area, Alisa enjoys all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She is an active board member of the Northwest Minority Job Fair and contributes to her community through other charitable activities. Outside of work, you might find her enjoying live music, cheering on the University of Washington Huskies, reading a good book or exploring the outdoor beauty of the Puget Sound region.
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.
Laurie Charrington is Managing Counsel at Intel Corporation in the Law and Policy Group. Her responsibilities focus on strategy and execution of patent litigation as well as other litigation focused issues. Furthermore she heads up Intel's global patent indemnity program. Laure co-chairs Intel's Black Leadership Counsel as well as being a key member of the leadership team at Leading Edge - Intel's Women Leadership Initiative.
Her experience further includes Associate roles at Jones Day, Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder, Sills Cummis Epstein Gross and Fenwick & West LLP. Laure Charrington earned her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.
Melanie Mayer focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation. She also prepares and prosecutes patent applications, analyzes patent issues for various due diligence matters, advises on freedom to operate issues, and provides non-infringement and validity opinions, including opinions for Paragraph IV certifications.
Melanie has represented clients in litigations involving a range of technological fields, particularly in biotechnology, including polymers, polypeptide variants, nucleotide analogs and chemical compounds. Melanie has a strong record of success at trial.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Melanie was an associate with Darby & Darby P.C. in Seattle. Prior to that she worked as a legal intern for Rosetta Inpharmatics, a subsidiary of Merck and Co., Inc. Melanie has many years of scientific research experience and has published numerous articles in her field of expertise.
Christy McCullough is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. Her practice focuses primarily on patent litigation and appeals, related counseling, and general commercial litigation for technology companies.
Christy has experience with a broad range of technologies in the electrical engineering and computer science fields, including processor and network architecture, semiconductors, cloud computing, telecommunications networks and devices, and Internet and software applications. She has handled high-stakes cases for established FORTUNE 500 companies as well as emerging companies and startups and has extensive experience before federal district courts throughout the country and the Federal Circuit.
Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Christy clerked for the Hon. Kimberly Moore, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Christy also maintains an active pro bono practice representing veterans in obtaining service-related benefits and disability compensation.
As an Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft, Ondrea manages a team providing legal and regulatory guidance to the engineering organization building the Windows operating system. Prior to her work with Windows, Ondrea supported the Windows Phone engineering organization. She began her career at Hill, Farrer & Burrill in Los Angeles, eventually transitioning to inhouse counsel at GTE (acquired by Verizon). Ondrea earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Economics from University of Redlands. She is a member of the Washington Bar, and is also an inactive member of the California and Texas Bars.
Heather Wilde is currently ssistant General Counsel at Quest Software. She has nearly 20 years experience in IP and IT transactions, including at a top tier law firm and in-house at large multinational companies. Prior to Quest, she held Legal Counsel responsabilities at Eclipse, Senior Attorney at Microsoft, Associate at Darby & Darby and was a Law Clerk at Donovan & Yee, LLP. She earned her B.A. in Communications, PR and Media Studies from the University of Washington and her J.D. With a focus in IP from Fordham University School of Law.
Miranda specializes in patent litigation and patent-related antitrust litigation. She has handled litigation matters in a variety of technologies, including the pharmaceutical, chemical, electrical and mechanical fields.
Miranda has handled cases in federal courts in Texas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Georgia, and Washington D.C. In addition to her trial and litigation practice, she has been involved in appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Prior to joining HPC, Miranda served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Pauline Newman at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
While at George Mason University School of Law, she served as Articles Editor of the George Mason Law Review and as a Symposium Executive Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. She was awarded the Adrian Fischer Award for Legal Research and Writing for her article, Permanent Injunction, a Remedy by Any Other Name Is Patently Not the Same: How eBay v. MercExchange Affects the Patent Right of Non-Practicing Entities, 14 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 1035 (2007). In 2008, Miranda was selected to receive the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, a national award for legal writing.