Ashley Wilson is a business woman and lawyer experienced in contract negotiation and drafting, intellectual property law, e-commerce, marketing, and litigation. She is a dedicated team member with a record of outstanding project management, professional communication skills, and the ability to think both analytically and creatively about legal issues and solutions. In-house and law firm experience.
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.
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.
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
Sarah J. Kalemeris recently joined the in-house team at T-Mobile USA Inc. as Corporate Counsel – Patents. Sarah is formerly of Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago where she focused her practice on high-tech patent litigation in District Courts in several jurisdictions and before the International Trade Commission and Federal Circuit. Prior to Winston & Strawn, Sarah was an associate at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP where she practiced IP litigation, patent prosecution, and copyright and trademark enforcement.
Ms. Kalemeris received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in 2003 and she received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2007. While earning her masters, Ms. Kalemeris conducted research projects focused on radiation effects, radiation hardening by design, solid state devices, and software engineering. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2010, where she served as articles editor of the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.
Vicky Bajwa is General Counsel & Director of Human Resources at True Brands. She is General Counsel in various areas of law including Corporate (creating and implementing corporate structure strategy), Employment, Contracts, Small Asset Acquisitions, and Intellectual Property Law.
Vicky drafts patent and trademark applications, enforcing and defending intellectual property rights, etc. She is also responsible for Risk Management including, Compliance (e.g. FDA product packaging, FDA food facilities, Prop 65, liquor licensing, etc.), business and commercial property insurance, etc. As director of human resources, Vicky is responsible for organizational health processes and initiatives, including leadership and lean process improvement.
Vicky obtained her Doctor of Law (J.D.), Intellectual Property Law at the Lewis & Clark Law School in 2011.
Susie Jones, founding and managing member of Jones Robb, is experienced in a wide array of patent law, including utility and design patent preparation and prosecution; strategic national and international patent portfolio development and management; post-grant proceedings, such as reissue, reexamination, and interference proceedings; and patentability, validity, infringement, and due diligence opinions. She also has been involved in both district court patent litigation and Federal Circuit appeals. Susie’s technical/industry practice areas cover various aspects of biomedical, electro-mechanical, and mechanical engineering, and she has served clients in highly competitive technical areas, including alternative energy, biomedical devices, cosmetic devices, displays, electromagnetics, food sciences, life sciences, optics, packaging, robotics, and business methods. Susie’s experience and expertise most recently have focused on providing a range of patent services to clients and developing patent strategies that complement the client’s business objectives. In particular, she enjoys developing and managing patent portfolios for the world market, for both start-up and larger companies. To this end, she also analyzes competitors’ patent portfolios and products to counsel clients regarding enhancement and enforcement of their patent portfolio, contemplated products, potential design-around, and acquisition of technology.
Hillery Nye is general counsel at Zipwhip, Inc., a Seattle based technology startup.Hillery also serves as an adjunct professor of Privacy and Technology at Seattle University College of Law.Prior to joining Zipwhip, Hillery was an intellectual property and transactional attorney in private practice, representing institutional clients (Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile, Paramount Pictures), startups, innovators and inventors.
Arezou Arefi-Afshar is currently the General Counsel at Securonix, Inc., a cyber security company that provides security analytics services to companies worldwide. Arezou partners in cross-functional planning of strategic, growth, and operational goals, and provide counsel on a variety of legal matters including contract negotiation, transactions, business development, corporate governance, human resources, marketing, risk reduction, compliance and privacy, and dispute resolution.
She prides herself as a true "full stack" GC and get excited by opportunities to partner with high growth companies to scale business.
She is also dedicated to issues around diversity, inclusion, and equality in the legal profession, and am a passionate supporter of Open Arms, a nonprofit that offers community-based perinatal and doula services to low-income women and families.
Alicia Russo co-chairs the Intellectual Property Transactions practice group and is a member of the Technology Transactions and Outsourcing group. Having spent over a decade doing academic research in the medical field, Alicia has a strong passion for technology and brings a deep understanding to the highly technical matters she works on. Her peers refer to her as exceptionally creative and insightful. Her passion for technology and her creativity translate into favorable results. She has significant experience in intellectual property due diligence and licensing associated with high profile acquisitions. Alicia has successfully represented clients in complex patent litigation and contested proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, she has successfully secured patents for clients in numerous technical fields, including the medical and energy fields. She also acts as an ardent representative for clients abroad in foreign patent litigation, oppositions, invalidation proceedings and patent prosecution and has a unique understanding of intellectual property considerations across the globe critical for assisting clients in developing consistent worldwide strategies. In addition to having experience and a strong understanding of the medical field, including biologics and small molecule pharmaceuticals, Alicia has significant experience in the fields of energy, fiber technology, building materials, biotechnology, and bioinformatics.
Alicia's scientific career resulted in numerous publications in noteworthy scientific journals, such as Science, Nature, Cell and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, with articles featured on the cover of both Nature and Cell. She is also extensively published in the legal field.
As the patent portfolio manager for the Global Good Fund at Intellectual Ventures, Beth supports the laboratory and internal development teams in commercial development of a variety of technologies for the developing world. Global Good has been a leader in new cold chain technologies and won the USPTO Patents for Humanity award in 2016 on the Arktek medicinal storage device. As Patent Counsel for the Invention Science Fund at Intellectual Ventures, Beth also works with inventor teams to develop new technologies in the developed world, with an emphasis on the formation of new companies. Beth earned a JD degree from the University of Washington School of Law and a PhD from the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center, and worked as a cancer researcher at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center prior to attending law school.
Karin Schneider Hansen currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Counsel at PeopleConnect, based in Seattle, WA. PeopleConnect is the holding company of Classmates.com (the leading online high school reconnection social network) and Intelius.com (a leading provider of people search and related products to consumers online). Karin supports both brands in all aspects of their business operations including litigation, employment, commercial transactions, intellectual property, privacy, data security, regulatory and compliance and general legal advisory work. Prior to working at PeopleConnect, Karin supported MyPoints (www.mypoints.com), a popular points-based shopping reward site and former subsidiary of United Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTD). A Seattle, native, Karin is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington. She resides in West Seattle with her husband, three children and Labrador puppy.
Ms. Anderson joined the firm as a partner in the Seattle office in January 2008. Ms. Anderson has extensive experience in comprehensive, strategic client counseling in all aspects of intellectual property. She has been very active in the prosecution of patent applications in the computer science and ecommerce fields since 1993.
Ms. Anderson has extensive experience in developing patent and trademark portfolios and developing patent and trademark assets. Ms. Anderson also provides patent and trademark clearance analysis and advice for a wide variety of products and services. She also counsels clients on patentability and infringement matters and develops comprehensive intellectual property programs for pre-litigation, licensing and enforcement purposes.
Dr. Katherine A. (“Kassie”) Helm, Ph.D., represents clients in patent litigation and related intellectual property, antitrust, healthcare and international arbitration matters. Leveraging her background in neuroscience, Dr. Helm offers a unique perspective to innovator pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare companies in all aspects of litigation, from pre-suit diligence through appeal, including Patent Office and other contested patent proceedings around the world. Her experience includes representing life sciences companies in patent infringement and declaratory judgment actions, in pay-for-delay antitrust litigation, in complex commercial litigation involving joint ventures, licensing and drug development agreements, as well as in related regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and capital markets transactions.
Dr. Helm is an active participant in the IP community, across both the academic and legal landscape. Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Intellectual Property Litigator in New York, she is a regular speaker, moderator and panelist and has authored over 50 articles, book chapters and commentary, including as a columnist for American Lawyer Media, on topics of legal and scientific interest to her clients. She is a founder of the New York chapter of ChIPs (Chiefs of Intellectual Property), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing and connecting women at the confluence of law, technology and regulatory policy. She is also devoted to pro bono work, having represented U.S. Army veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and as the chairperson of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Veterans Pro Bono Committee.
Prior to joining Dechert, Dr. Helm was Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
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.
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.
Business, technology and IP executive with proven success in technology and product development and commercialization; intellectual property creation, portfolio strategies, management and commercialization; IP landscape and whitespace analysis; patentability search; patentability and freedom to operate analysis and opinions; IP due diligence; patent validity and infringement analyses; IP assets evaluation, acquisition, and licensing; technology transfer; IP strategy, patent portfolio development and trademark strategy for startups; inventors training, development, and management; patent preparation and prosecution in the fields of chemistry, pharmaceutics, therapeutic methods, biotechnology, medical devices, polymers, material sciences, and nanotechnology; design patent preparation and prosecution; client counseling and case management; trademark searches and availability opinions; trademark registrations, oppositions, and cancellations; and limited amount of copyright work.
Specialties: Intellectual property practice in chemistry, materials, pharmaceutics, and biotechnology.
Patent Law practice partner Susan Betcher strengthens the business value of patent portfolios of publicly traded and privately held companies by creating intellectual property rights and then leveraging those rights via licensing agreements, competitive advantages in the marketplace, cross-jurisdictional partnerships and other arrangements. She helps clients define their IP strategies and how they can better commercialize their proprietary innovations.
Susan is a trained engineer and has experience in a broad range of technology sectors, with a concentration in clean technologies such as carbon capture, hydrogen production and storage, and alternative energy. Other technologies in her background include mechanical, electromechanical and medical device-related technologies. Among her clients are energy processors and retailers, natural resource suppliers and industrial manufacturers.
To help clients better visualize the significance of their patents, Susan strategically maps their patent portfolios and then overlays and dovetails clients’ business plans to create an in-depth and informative perspective. Susan draws upon her background in infrastructure project management and business operations to add further value. She collaborates with clients to structure predictable legal budgets that are distinct for their flexibility and protection of product features, business lines and jurisdictional rights. Susan also offers board-level presentations to executives and public boards of directors as part of her patent portfolio analysis and IP counsel.
Danielle Johnston Holmes is Associate General Counsel for the Patent Portfolio Development Team in the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. Danielle leads the team of patent attorneys and paralegals responsible for harvesting inventions from Microsoft’s R&D groups, filing and prosecuting patents worldwide and determining the strategic value of Microsoft’s patent portfolio. Danielle joined Microsoft in 1998, initially providing patent support for the Windows group and later leading teams of attorneys and engineers responsible for identifying and analyzing patents to support Microsoft’s licensing and enforcement efforts and other strategic business initiatives. Prior to joining Microsoft, Danielle worked for the law firm of Marshall, Gerstein in Chicago, where she concentrated on patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling matters in the electrical, mechanical and computer science arts. Danielle received an electrical engineering degree from Loyola Marymount University and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a registered patent attorney.
Dr. Gretchen A. Rice, Ph.D., JD serves as a Vice President and General Counsel of Taconic Biosciences, Inc. Dr. Rice served as Vice President and General Counsel of Corporate Policies & Services Group at Taconic Biosciences, Inc. Dr. Rice served as the Junior Partner of Hale and Dorr LLP. Dr. Rice was a member in the Technology Transactions and Licensing Group. Dr. Rice focused her practice on licensing for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and plant genetics industries,specifically forming corporate strategic alliances for the research and development of drug products, licensing intellectual property, manufacturing of biological products, clinical trial agreements and physician consulting agreements. Dr. Rice’s practice also includes the preparation of opinions on the infringement and validity of patents, patentability studies and patent prosecution. Companies for whom Dr. Rice has worked include: Lonza Biologics Inc.; Microbia, Inc.; Critical Therapeutics, Inc.; SemBioSys Genetics, Inc.; GenPath Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; The Medicines Company; Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Taconic Farms, Inc.; Endius, Inc.; Wyeth, Inc.; The SNP Consortium; the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative; and Pfizer, Inc. Her biotechnology training also includes a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Rice is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Rice received a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School. She earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. degree in genetics from the University of California, Davis.
Ellen S. Robbins is a trial lawyer with extensive experience litigating disputes in both state and federal court on behalf of public and private companies all over the world. She focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes and patent litigation.
Ellen’s work includes commercial matters such as breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, alter ego, securities law, product liability, class actions, insolvency, and misappropriation. Following a federal court bench trial involving issues of alter ego and fraudulent transfer, Ellen secured a $40 million judgment for a Fortune 500 company that was affirmed on appeal. She also successfully obtained a preliminary injunction in a substantial securities fraud case representing a leading financial institution. Ellen also incorporates alternative dispute resolution into her practice; she has first-chaired nearly two dozen arbitrations and mediations, including AAA, NASD, and NYSE arbitrations.
Ellen’s experience also encompasses intellectual property, patent litigation, and handling several matters before the International Trade Commission. Ellen served as trial counsel in five district court and ITC proceedings in the Microsoft/Motorola smart phone patent litigation, including a landmark bench trial setting a RAND royalty for standard essentials patents and obtaining a jury verdict for Microsoft in the district court proceedings.
Lauren E. Schneider is a Partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Intellectual Property practice group. Focusing on domestic and foreign patent procurement and portfolio development, Lauren provides patent strategy and portfolio management for numerous major clients across a diverse array of technical disciplines, both domestically and internationally.
With extensive experience providing intellectual property protection in the biotechnology and chemistry sectors, she has counseled numerous clients, large and small, and prosecuted patent applications in a wide variety of technical fields, including life sciences, chemistry, materials science, optics, and mechanics. Within these fields, Lauren has particular experience in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, food science, polymer chemistry, battery technology and chemistry, thin film chemistry such as optical films and adhesives, medical devices, OLEDs and OLED chemistry, and optics.