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Patent Law Institute 2014 (8th Annual)

Speaker(s): Brian Hanlon, D. Brian Kacedon, Daniel McCurdy, David J. Kappos, David M. Rosenblatt, David M. Shofi, David W. Highet, Dawn Rice Hall, Dean John M. Whealan, Deanne E. Maynard, Donald R. Dunner, Dorothy R. Auth, Ph.D., Douglas B. Luftman, Douglas R. Nemec, Edward L. Tulin, Eugene R Quinn, Gerald M. Murphy, Jr., Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte (Ret.), Hon. Faith S. Hochberg, Jason R. Kraus, John M. White, Kathlyn Card Beckles, Kevin Jakel, L. Scott Oliver, Michael A. Minter, Michelle K. Holoubek, Michelle Waites, Neer Gupta, P. Anthony Sammi, Patti B. Saris, Philip W. Marsh, Richard Ludwin, Robert J. Spar, Robert Neuner, Scott M. Alter, Stephen G Kunin, Suzanne Drennon Munck, Valerie Calloway
Recorded on: Feb. 3, 2014
PLI Program #: 51969

Richard M. Ludwin is Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law. Based in Armonk, New York. Mr. Ludwin directs IBM's worldwide intellectual property licensing attorney staff and provides executive guidance for IBM's Intellectual Property Law departments in Systems and Technology Group, Global Services and Sales & Distribution. Since joining IBM in 1988 Mr. Ludwin has served as an attorney in Washington DC, Poughkeepsie and IBM Research. He has also served as an IBM Patent Portfolio Manager, IP Counsel for IBM's Almaden Research center, Counsel for the IBM Corporate Intellectual Property Department and senior IP Counsel for the IBM Research Division. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office and admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, Florida and the District of Columbia.

Douglas Nemec is a partner at Skadden, resident in the firm's New York Office.  He has litigated numerous intellectual property cases in a wide range of technologies, from pharmaceuticals and other chemicals to IT and electronics. He has particular experience in life sciences matters, including patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Mr. Nemec also is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he represents clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and other matters.

Douglas Luftman serves as Vice President of Innovation Services and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for NetApp, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, where he is responsible for the company’s worldwide intellectual property strategy.  NetApp's innovation and intellectual property program has been nationally recognized including by Fortune as one of the Fastest-Growing Companies in California and Nationwide; Forbes as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies; the Intellectual Property Owners Association as one of the top 300 patent holders and IEEE Spectrum as having one of the highest quality patent portfolios in the computer peripherals and storage industry.  

Prior to joining NetApp, Mr. Luftman’s roles have included Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel for CBS; Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Palm, Inc.; Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Caspian Networks; West Coast Counsel of CIENA Corporation; and Senior Intellectual Property Group Counsel for Intel’s Communications Group.  Prior to working in-house, Mr. Luftman was an attorney at Fenwick & West LLP, Silicon Valley Office.  He also externed for The Honorable Randall R Rader of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  

Based on his accomplishments, Mr. Luftman has had the honor of being recognized by such organizations as the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times as a Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel - IP Lawyer, Finalist, by the International Law Office as an ILO Global Counsel Awards Finalist and by Law360 as one of the Most Innovative Corporate Counsel.

Mr. Luftman earned his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.  

John White is recognized as one of the top patent educators in the United States, having over 35 years of experience in all phases of the patent field. As a Special Counsel at Harness I.P., John is principally responsible for public outreach and advising clients on a host of strategic I.P. issues as well as offering patent procedure expert witness services. At PCT Learning Center, John has created an entire curriculum for IP support staff and attorneys/agents to learn the in and outs of international IP practice.

John began his technical career as a Field Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration specializing in bridge rehabilitation. Later, he worked as a Patent Examiner and the Special Assistant and Speech Writer to the Commissioner of Patents, Donald J. Quigg. Post law school, John founded what would become the largest patent searching and documentation entity in the U.S., supplying the needs of clients across the globe. He also founded the patent law firm, Berenato & White, and a patent education company. After selling the education company to the Practising Law Institute in the mid-90’s, John remained the author and principal lecturer for the course he created.

Since 1995, John has taught 30,000+ fellow patent practitioners in preparation for the Patent Office registration exam. He has also taught more than 400 Patent Examiners patent law and evidence, and has been qualified as a Patent Procedure Expert in several Federal District Court lawsuits. In addition, John served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Virginia School of Law, and John Marshal Law School and has created numerous patent education programs and publications.

John has examined, written, and prosecuted thousands of patent applications in the United States and around the world.

Born in Bern, Switzerland, John graduated in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, and obtained his law degree from George Washington University. He regularly speaks and publishes on a host of patent topics.

Deanne E. Maynard, chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court practice group, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, and a former Assistant to the Solicitor General at the United States Department of Justice.

Ms. Maynard has argued and briefed significant cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and the federal courts of appeals. She has argued over ten patent appeals in the Federal Circuit in the last several years, and currently is handling multiple patent appeals in that court. She recently led a Morrison & Foerster appeals team that obtained a significant victory for our client IGT against Bally Technologies, and another team that obtained a reversal of non-infringement findings against our client Toshiba. Ms. Maynard also successfully obtained a writ of mandamus in Link_a_Media ordering transfer of a patent case from Delaware to California, in what may be the first such writ issued to a Delaware district court.

In addition to her substantial Federal Circuit experience, Ms. Maynard has argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and she has filed over 100 briefs in that Court. Her Supreme Court arguments include the patent case MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. She also was a principal author of the briefs for the United States at the cert stage in Bilski v. Doll and at the cert and merits stages in Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. Just last Term she argued and prevailed for the respondent in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank, an important bankruptcy case involving the rights of secured creditors. The previous Term, she argued and prevailed in Ransom v. FIA Card Services, a case involving the interpretation of the federal bankruptcy statute.

Ms. Maynard served in the Solicitor General's office at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2004-2009. Before joining the Solicitor General's office, Ms. Maynard was a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C.

After law school, Ms. Maynard clerked twice on the Supreme Court of the United States. During the October 1994 Term, she clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer in his first year on the Court. During the 1993 Term, she clerked for retired Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and affiliated with Justice John Paul Stevens. From 1991-1993, Ms. Maynard clerked for Judge Stanley Harris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ms. Maynard graduated magna cum laude in 1991 from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She earned a B.A., with distinction, in English from the University of Virginia, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2013, Chambers USA 2012, and Legal 500 US 2012.

DONALD R. DUNNER is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P., a graduate of Purdue University and Georgetown University Law School, a past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, past Chair of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section and a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 2002, a past Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Federal Circuit (1982-92),  served as a member of the PTO Advisory Commission on Patent Law Reform (1991-92), a co-author of Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit:  Practice and Procedure and a past co-author of Patent Law Perspectives, the NJIPL Jefferson Medal recipient for 2004 and was named International Lawyer of the Year 2005 for Patents by Who’s Who Legal, a 2010 Inductee to Intellectual Asset Management magazine’s IP Hall of Fame, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a 2004 inductee of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  In July 2000, the National Law Journal named Mr. Dunner one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.  Mr. Dunner has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America®, making him one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers® for ten years or longer.  In May 2008, he was listed in Legal Times’ “Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Past 30 Years.”  He was honored in October 2011 with the AIPLA Board of Directors’ Award.  Mr. Dunner was recognized by the George Washington University Law School students as Adjunct Professor of the Year for 2012.  He is the recipient of the 2012 Linn Inn Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2012 IP Jurisprudence Award of the Hispanic National Bar Association. 

Kathlyn Card Beckles is the Managing Director and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Technology law at JPMorgan Chase. She manages the Patent and Trademark Law group. She is a registered patent attorney responsible for patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets as they relate to JPMorgan, including the areas of litigations, mergers and legislation. Her prior legal experience includes the law firm of Kenyon & Kenyon, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Chambers of the Hon. Edward Damich of the Court of Federal Claims. Before her legal career, she held positions in analytical chemistry and process engineering. She has a law degree from The George Washington University and a Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Delaware.  


Neer Gupta is an intellectual property attorney with over 20 years of experience in the areas of patent licensing, litigation, and strategy.  Neer joined Verizon Communications in 2008 and is currently Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property.  In this role, Neer is responsible for a variety of transactional matters involving the company’s intellectual property, and is the President of the company’s patent licensing entity.  His areas of responsibility include intellectual property issues as they relate to mergers and acquisitions, licensing, patent purchases and sales, customer and vendor contracts, participation in standards bodies, open source software, and other strategic activities of Verizon and its affiliates.

Prior to joining Verizon, Neer was Executive Counsel for The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, CA, where he was responsible for establishing a comprehensive patent strategy, as well as handling patent litigation and patent licensing matters.  Prior to Disney, Neer provided intellectual property advisory services to Fortune 500 companies while at ThinkFire Services, and was a litigation associate at Pennie & Edmonds and Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells, both in New York City.

Neer received his Bachelor of Engineering degree, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Math from Vanderbilt University, and his law degree from New York University.

David Highet currently serves as Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel.  David has been in this role since 2002 and is responsible for the Company’s global intellectual property strategy including freedom to operate, patent procurement and portfolio management, and enforcement.  David joined BD in 1993 and has held progressively responsible positions in the Intellectual Property Department of the Law Group.  David holds a BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and a JD degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

David J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath.  He is a leader in the field of intellectual property, including IP management and strategy, the development of global IP norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation-based assets. 

From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  In that role, he advised the President, the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on IP policy matters and was instrumental in achieving the greatest legislative reform of the U.S. patent system in generations through passage and implementation of the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

Prior to leading the USPTO, Mr. Kappos held several executive posts in the legal department of IBM, including as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property from 2003 to 2009.  In that capacity, he managed global IP activities for IBM.  During his more than 25 years at IBM, he also served in a variety of other roles including litigation counsel and Asia Pacific IP counsel.

Mr. Kappos has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the field of IP, including being named one of the “Top 25 Icons of IP” by Law360, one of the “50 Most Influential People in IP” by Managing IP, one of the “Top 50 IP Trailblazers & Pioneers” and one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal, “IP Professional of the Year” by the Intellectual Property Owners Association and being inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine in 2012.

Mr. Kappos serves on the Boards of Directors of the Partnership for Public Service, the Center for Global Enterprise and the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of ORoPO Foundation and Chair of the Advisory Council of the Naples Roundtable.  Additionally, Mr. Kappos is the U.S. Chair of the U.S.-China IP Cooperation Dialogue.  He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches copyright litigation, and Cornell Law School, where he teaches legal advising for the start-up general counsel.

Mr. Kappos received a B.S. summa cum laude in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990.

David Rosenblatt has been an IP attorney for over 30 years, handling all facets of IP including litigation, licensing, preparation and prosecution, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, and IP related antitrust issues.  Currently, David is the Licensing Vice President for Sound View Innovations, LLC, a position he has held since 2014.  David started his legal career at Allegretti and Witcoff (currently Banner and Witcoff).  He then moved to AT&T Bell Labs, holding positions of increasing legal responsibility with both AT&T and Lucent Technologies.  Subsequently, he served as Chief IP Counsel for a publicly traded company prior to becoming Thomson Reuters’ Assistant General Counsel – Intellectual Property where he had numerous responsibilities including managing Thomson Reuters’ worldwide patent preparation and prosecution efforts.  Prior to attending law school, David worked as an engineer for four years while obtaining a graduate degree in electrical engineering. 

David Shofi is an attorney with over 25 years of experience in many aspects of technology, innovation and intellectual property.  He is presently General Counsel for Univercells Technologies, a biotech company in Belgium. David also served as Vice President, IP Strategy Solutions and Chief IP Counsel for CPA Global where he helped clients assess and identify opportunities for improvement and efficiency implementation in their IP lifecycle processes.  Before joining CPA Global, David held the role of Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for ATMI, an international semiconductor and lifesciences corporation.  He began his legal career as an associate at the firm of Baker Botts.  David has broad experience in IP and general corporate law including IP/technology licensing and transactions, due diligence, IP Strategy, portfolio development and monetization. David earned his law degree from Pace University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. 

Dawn Hall is a Senior Managing Director in the Dispute Advisory Services (“DAS”) practice within the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment at FTI Consulting and is the co-leader of the Intellectual Property practice. She is based in New York.

Ms. Hall has 20 years of experience assisting companies and counsel with complex economic, financial, accounting, and litigation issues. Ms. Hall has directed numerous commercial litigation engagements focused on applied economic and damages analyses as it relates to intellectual property and commercial litigation matters, including patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret, false advertising and other types of business disputes, such as breach of contract, breach of non-solicitation/non-compete agreements, transfer pricing and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) investigations related to accounting irregularities.

Ms. Hall has conducted complex damages studies involving lost sales, lost profits, incremental revenue and cost analyses, market share split analyses, apportionment analyses, manufacturing and marketing capacity, price erosion, reasonable royalty, unjust enrichment and prejudgment interest for both plaintiffs and defendants. Ms. Hall has issued expert reports reflecting professional opinions of these respective areas and has been qualified as a damages expert in Federal court.

Ms. Hall has assisted trial attorneys in analyzing company forecasts, business and strategic plans, financial statements and appropriate market data in the preparation of deposition issues for 30(b)6 and opposing experts and preparing trial exhibits, as well as preparing early case assessments.

Ms. Hall has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Licensing Executives Society (“LES”) and the American Bar Association (“ABA”).

Dr. Dorothy Auth has more than 20 years of experience in complex patent litigation, as well as licensing, patent procurement, and intellectual property counseling in the United States and abroad. Her experience spans diverse industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical devices, as well as consumer products, computers, and other mechanical devices.

She addresses intellectual property diligence issues surrounding mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcies. Representative clients in transactional IP matters includes the U.S. Treasury; Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.; Pfizer; Elan Pharmaceutical; Healthcare Royalty Partners; Fountanbleu Hotel; Quart Rx Pharma; iShares; Towers Watson; Hess and Triarco. In the transactional area, Dorothy advises clients on the validity of target patents and performs clearance analysis on the patents of competitors to render freedom-to-operate opinions.

Dorothy also litigates in U.S. Federal Courts and in international arbitrations conducted under the WIPO rules. She conducts all aspects of litigation, including motion practice, expert preparation and all aspects of discovery practice. Representative litigation clients include Medinol, DuPont, Osteonics and Kanzaki.

Dorothy also coordinates global patent procurement and enforcement strategies for her clients to maximize their patent-protected field. In this area, Dorothy’s practice includes U.S. and international client counseling and opinions regarding IP matters. Her international experience includes coordinating patent infringement trials and hearings between the U.S. and different European jurisdictions including trials seeking preliminary relief and cross-border injunctions, as well as nullity, cancellation and oppositions proceedings on patent rights.

Among the clients Dorothy has counseled are Credit Suisse, Rhone-Poulenc Rohrer, Inc., BioRest Ltd., Oscillon Ltd., Digene Corporation, Hoffmann-La Roche, and the National Institutes of Health.

At the firm, Dorothy is a member of the Technology Committee, the Healthcare Industry Team and the Advisory Counsel for the firm’s Center for Career Advancement. Dorothy was the Partner Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative for over five years.

Ed Tulin is an associate in Skadden's Intellectual Property Litigation group in New York.  Mr. Tulin is a 2006 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and a former law clerk for the Honorable Christopher J. Burke, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Mr. Tulin's practice is focused on complex litigation and arbitration involving patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and other intellectual property and technology matters.  Mr. Tulin regularly supports Skadden's transactional practice with counseling on licensing and corporate diligence matters.  Mr. Tulin is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, where he has been involved in patent prosecution, reexamination, interference, and inter partes review proceedings.

Mr. Tulin is also a member of the New York Intellectual Property Association's Patent Litigation Committee, and has authored numerous publications discussing legal developments in the field of intellectual property litigation.  He is a frequent speaker at the Practicing Law Institute and the New York Intellectual Property Association.  In addition, Mr. Tulin serves as a member of the Associate Council of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Aside from Mr. Tulin's IP experience, he has an extensive pro bono practice, which has included representation of clients seeking asylum and clients seeking Social Security disability benefits.  Mr. Tulin has also assisted with multiple matters for the Innocence Project, which has involved filing amicus briefs, habeas petitions, and the successful vacatur of a wrongful murder conviction.

ELIZABETH D. LAPORTE joined JAMS after more than two decades as a United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of California. From 2013 to 2015, she served as the chief United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of California. As a magistrate judge, she presided over numerous civil cases, with a robust docket that included matters of patent, trademark, copyright, business, class actions and mass tort, employment and discrimination, insurance, environmental, antitrust and civil rights litigation.

Judge Laporte is known for helping to shape patent and intellectual property case law and for advancing the court’s e-discovery procedures. Her colleagues and the legal community consider her among the leading legal thinkers on e-discovery issues. For her efforts, she earned the Judicial Leadership Award from the Electronic Discovery Institute in 2015. She also launched the Northern District’s Women Attorneys Advocacy Project, which seeks to promote gender equality in the legal community. 

Judge Laporte has received high praise for her legal acumen and settlement skills, most recently from the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary and the Daily Journal. She is regularly invited to speak on panels for continuing education of attorneys and judges on a variety of legal topics, including intellectual property, settlement, e-discovery, employment law and jury trials. She is also the author of numerous legal publications.

Judge Laporte previously served as the alternative dispute resolution magistrate judge for the Northern District of California. She has conducted hundreds of settlement conferences and resolved hundreds of discovery disputes, as well as presided over numerous cases from start to finish, including through summary judgment and/or trial.

Judge Laporte is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Cross-Border Privilege Issues Brainstorming Group, The Sedona Conference.

Judge Laporte is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School and is a Marshall Scholar, with an M.A. from Oxford University.

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and the founder of Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website in 1999, and since then it has become one of the leading IP publications on the Internet. has been recognized multiple times by the American Bar Association as a top 100 legal blog, has 3 times been voted the top IP blog, and in 2014 was retired from voting and inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame. 

Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus, he frequently advises on patent matters relating to software, computer implemented methods, business methods, and Internet innovations.

Between 2003 and 2007 Gene wrote a monthly column for Patent World and served on the Patent World editorial board. He has also previously taught a variety of intellectual property courses at the law school level, including patent law, patent claim drafting, patent prosecution, copyright law, trademark law and introduction to intellectual property. Gene taught at Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University School of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Whittier Law School, and John Marshall Law School.

Gene is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent Office and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Gerald Murphy has practiced in the intellectual property field for over 40 years, mostly in relation to U.S. and foreign patents for biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, therapeutic antibodies, organic chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry and pharmaceutical inventions.  He works mostly with medium to large internal corporations.  In addition to preparation and prosecution of patent applications and related appeals, Mr. Murphy has handled patent reexaminations and has been lead counsel in a numerous inter partes matters at the USPTO such as interferences and Inter Partes Reviews.  He has also been lead counsel in several appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In addition to handling matters at the USPTO, Mr. Murphy counsels clients in various IP matters such as patent validity and infringement.  He has lectured extensively before U.S. and international audiences on U.S. patent law and case law developments. He served as the sole arbitrator in two arbitrations involving patent and licensing issues in the fields of DNA diagnostics and therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and has served as an expert witness in patent infringement litigations and in an arbitration involving a patent license agreement.

Mr. Murphy chairs BSKB's annual Post Grant Bootcamp, an intensive 4 day program on procedures that are available to correct, defend and challenge patents at the USPTO and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Murphy graduated from University of Maryland in 1976.  After taking off several years after graduation, he then attended George Mason University School of Law for his J.D. and then attended George Washington University National Law Center where he attained his LL.M.

Jason Kraus is a partner in the intellectual property group and co-leader of the firm's life sciences industry team. Jason's practice focuses on patent portfolio management, U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution, conducting product clearance studies, preparing non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and patent litigation. He has prepared and prosecuted applications in the mechanical, electrical, and business method arts. Jason has extensive experience working closely with clients to evaluate competitive patent landscapes and to develop a patent strategy that provides a competitive advantage with respect to key products and services.

Jason has worked with clients in the fields of:

  • Cardiac rhythm management technologies
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Orthopedic implants
  • Prosthetic annuloplasty rings and heart valves
  • Renal care
  • Surgical devices
  • Surgical urology Jason's representative clients include:
  • 3M
  • Boston Scientific Corp.
  • Coloplast
  • Sorin Group
  • Stratasys

Jason is also an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, where he teaches an intellectual property class for the Mini-MBA in Medical Technology Management program.


  • Managing IP — IP Star, 2013
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Intellectual Property, 2009

Professional Associations
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association


  • Intellectual Property Series: A House Divided – The Latest Developments in Joint/Divided Infringement, MN CLE Webcast, December 2010
  • KSR Three Years Later: A Review of Obviousness Case Law Since KSR, MN CLE Webcast, June 2010
  • KSR: Two Years Later, MN CLE Webcast, May 2009
  • Opinions and Product Clearance Strategies for In-House Counsel, MN CLE Webcast, August 2008
  • KSR: One Year Later, MN CLE Webcast, April 2008


  • Corporate - Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
  • Intellectual Property - Patent Prosecution
  • Litigation & Advocacy


  • Food & Agriculture
  • Life Sciences - Medical Devices, Medical Technology Education University of Minnesota J.D., cum laude, Law Review (1997) University of Minnesota B.S. Mechanical Engineering, with distinction (1994)

Bar Admissions - Minnesota

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Michael Minter is an Assistant General Counsel at Lockheed Martin Corporation.  He specializes in Intellectual Property and Contracts with experience in the areas of law, management, and engineering.  Michael is responsible for counseling and representing clients in a wide range of domestic and foreign business matters involving strategic intellectual property identification and protection via patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, as well as licensing, government contracts, and other business aspects. Michael manages Lockheed’s intellectual property portfolio pertaining to its radar systems and sensors business. He counsels clients on various domestic and international patent, trademark, licensing and Internet issues, including selection, clearance, use, licensing and enforcement of Lockheed Martin trademarks. Michael also advises clients on intellectual property matters in connection with due diligence reviews of intellectual property portfolios in support of business transactions. He has experience in drafting and negotiating various agreements and licenses, including software and business agreements pertaining to trademarks, copyrights and software, non-disclosure agreements, vendor agreements, sales agreements, and patent and technology licensing agreements.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2012, Michael worked as an associate in the Northern Virginia Office of Miles & Stockbridge PC.  Michael is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia, is certified as Authorized House Counsel in Connecticut, and is a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Michelle Waites is Senior Patent Counsel for Xerox Corporation, actively involved in enforcing and obtaining the company's patent and other intellectual property rights. Her primary responsibility is patent litigation, and typically includes reviewing pleadings and motions, leading internal fact investigations, managing outside counsel, preparing for and attending court hearings, participating in settlement and case strategy discussions and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements. Her practice also includes reviewing technology transfer agreements, supporting product design and development programs and working with business and technical staff to develop and implement effective legal strategies. She is a registered patent attorney and has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications.

Ms. Waites has maintained her own law practice, has been associated with law firms in New York City and spent several years as an engineer in the aerospace/military defense industry.

She received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University. She is admitted to the Bar in California and New York and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Waites is a member of the American Bar Association, Lambda Legal and the National LGBT Bar Association.

Mr. Kacedon is a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, where his practice focuses on patent and technology licensing and patent litigation.  Mr. Kacedon assists clients in conducting market assessments for their patents, conducts licensing negotiations, drafts licensing agreements, and participates in related litigations. Over the course of his career, he has drafted hundreds of patent, know-how, and software license agreements as well as collaboration and joint development agreements in many industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer electronics.  He has also assisted several leading technology companies in negotiating and drafting licenses for wireless technologies as well as navigating related standards-setting issues. In addition, Mr. Kacedon has broad experience in all aspects of patent litigation.

A frequent presenter at workshops and conferences, Mr. Kacedon has lectured on drafting patent and know-how licenses for the Patent Resources Group, the Licensing Executives Society, as well as other organizations and is currently an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University Law School.  Mr. Kacedon is also co-author of a leading treatise, “Drafting Patent License Agreements.” He has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. as one of the leading lawyers in patent licensing and transactional work, and as a Next Generation Lawyer for patent licensing. He is listed in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine as one of 250 of the world's leading patent and technology licensing practitioners.

Mr. Kunin is a Partner at Maier & Maier PLLC, where he specializes in all areas of patent practice. His expertise includes post-issuance proceedings at the United States Patent Office, opinions of counsel, advising attorneys and our clients on complex patent prosecution matters, patent litigation strategy, and United States Patent Office patent policy, practice and procedure, for which he is highly sought after for expert testimony.  He has vast experience in providing lectures on recent US patent law developments across the USA, Europe and the Far East.  He has more than 51 years of experience in the patent profession.

After graduating from Washington University (MO) with a Bachelor’s in Science in Electrical Engineering with honors in 1970, Mr. Kunin embarked on his lengthy career over nearly 35 years at the United States Patent Office. He received his JD in law degree with honors in 1975 from The National Law Center at George Washington University. He held many significant positions with the USPTO, which culminated with ten years of service as the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy from 1994-2004. While at the USPTO, he was a leading voice in forming patent policy, in revising examination guidelines on subject matter eligibility, utility, non-obviousness and written description, and in establishing reissue and reexamination procedures. Mr. Kunin spearheaded revisions to the Rules of Practice and Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, making key changes to chapters on ex parte reexamination, reissue, and inter partes reexamination.

Since leaving the USPTO, Mr. Kunin has been a practicing patent attorney for more than 16 years counseling clients in post-grant patent proceedings at the USPTO and routinely serves as an expert witness in patent litigation cases. He is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO, and admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the United States Supreme Court. From 2005 through 2017, Mr. Kunin served as the Intellectual Property Program Director at the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, while teaching patent and intellectual property law classes as an adjunct professor of law.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Mr. Kunin has received many notable awards, including the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, The Vice President’s Reinventing Government Hammer Award , four Gold Medals, three Silver Medals, and one Bronze Medal from the Department of Commerce, and a Career Achievement Award from the USPTO. He was named one of Intellectual Property Today’s most influential people in IP law, and in 2018 and 2019 he was named one of Managing Intellectual Property’s “IP stars.”  He was listed in the 2019 Ninth Edition of Best Lawyers in Virginia in the area of Patent Law.  He has been ranked as a top 1000 patent lawyer in the 2019 IAM 1000 publication.  He has been named as a 2019 IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.  He has been named in 26th Edition of Best Lawyers in America 2020 for his work in patent law.  He has been ranked as a top 1000 patent lawyer in the 2020 IAM 1000 publication.  He has been included in the 2020-2021 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars for the U.S. and Virginia.  He has been named in 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America 2021 for his work in patent law. In 2021 he has been named as an IAM 300 top patent strategist.

P. Anthony Sammi
Patent and Other Complex Intellectual Property Litigation

P. Anthony Sammi concentrates his practice on litigating intellectual property cases, particularly high-technology patent and trade secret cases, at the trial level.

With a background in electrical engineering and physics, Mr. Sammi has litigated a broad range of matters involving software, hardware, business method and e-commerce patents and trade secrets, as well as computer source code copyrights. His practice also includes counseling both U.S. and multinational clients on evaluating, licensing and protecting intellectual property portfolios.

Representative technologies that Mr. Sammi has litigated include: digital electronics and hardware; computer software and source code (HLASM, C++); mobile telephone and VoIP technology; blood centrifuge devices; satellite on-board computer stability systems; medical implant devices; sporting equipment; pharmaceuticals; cosmetics; MPEG video technology; Ethernet connectivity hardware; and digital imaging and storage systems in the financial industry.

He is a member of the Skadden group recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its 2013 “IP Hot List.”

Selected engagements include:

  • lead trial counsel on technology claims in a U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement jury trial representing plaintiff, a leading software technology company; obtained a jury verdict, multimillion-dollar damages award, and permanent injunction for infringement and misappropriation;
  • lead trial counsel in a U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, patent infringement jury trial representing defendant, one of the largest national archives of check images and electronic content for multi-bank infrastructure solutions; lead counsel in successfully defending against a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation action representing a leading global software development firm;
  • trial counsel in a U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, patent infringement trial representing defendant, a leading sports equipment manufacturer, in which judgments of non-infringement and patent claim invalidity due to obviousness were obtained;
  • arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit representing the defendant-appellee, a leading sports equipment manufacturer, in the plaintiff’s appeal of district court post-trial judgment of invalidity and non-infringement; District Court judgments in favor of client were affirmed;
  • representing a world-leading satellite manufacturer in defending against claims of patent infringement involving complex satellite guidance, stability, and station-keeping circuitry and control systems;
  • leading the patent aspects of a multibillion-dollar acquisition of a social networking and VoIP service provider company; and leading the patent aspects of a multibillion-dollar merger and settlement relating to mobile device manufacturers.
  • Representative clients have included: JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Bank One Corporation; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Motorola, Inc.; Virgin Mobile USA, LLC; Rocket Software, Inc.; AstraZeneca PLC; Benetton Sportsystem USA, Inc.; Compaq Computer Corporation; Viewpointe Archive Services L.L.C.; Trish McEvoy, Inc.; Infra+ S.A.; and Aspen Technology, Inc.


  • Speaker, “US Round Table: Best Practices Post AIA,” MIP Global IP & Innovation Summit, September 4-5, 2013, Shanghai
  • Presenter, “Litigating Against Non-Practicing Entities,” Sixth Annual Patent Law Institute, February 16, 2012
  • Member, Steering Committee; Speaker, "Building Client Relationships," The New Partner Forum, The American Lawyer, New York City, October 11-12, 2011
  • Presenter, "The Role of the Specification in Claim Construction: Is It a Guidepost or a Fence?" BNA webinar, June 15, 2011
  • TV Interview, “How ‘Gesture Technology’ Like Microsoft Kinect Will Change the Way We Live,” PBS’ Need to Know, April 8, 2011
  • Presenter, “Litigating With An Eye Toward Trial,” Fifth Annual Patent Law Institute, February/March 2011
  • Presenter, “Reexamination: Be Careful What You Wish For,” AIPLA 2011 Mid-Winter Institute, February 2011
  • Speaker, “Strategic Xenophobia: Fighting Litigation Techniques that Vilify Origin and Ethnicity,” 2010 National South Asian Bar Association Annual Convention, June 26, 2010
  • Panelist, Morning Plenary Session, 2010 Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum, May 17, 2010

Bar Admissions
New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


J.D., Cornell Law School, 1998
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, 1995

Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association
Past President and Director, South Asian Bar Association of New York
Past Director, National South Asian Bar Association


Co-Author “Good Clean Fun: Using Clean Room Procedures in Intellectual Property
Litigation,” Intellectual Property and Technology Journal, October 2013 (Vol. 25, No.
“Trade Secrets,” (Chapter 15) New York Business Litigation, New York Law Journal, 2013



Related Practices

  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Litigation
  • Patent and Other Complex Intellectual Property Litigation

Phil Marsh is a Partner in Arnold & Porter’s Intellectual Property group.  His practice focuses on patent, trade secret, and complex commercial litigation in federal district courts and before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), and related appellate and administrative proceedings, as well as advising clients on strategic patent portfolio development, and patent acquisition.

Mr. Marsh has litigated cases across a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, computer hardware and software, consumer electronics, e-commerce, secure wireless transactions, semiconductor devices and fabrication, wireless telecommunications, optical storage media, solid-state memory devices, fiber optics, lasers, optical amplifiers, solar power systems, and cryptography.  His litigation experience includes direct and cross examination of expert and technical witnesses before the ITC and in jury trials.  Mr. Marsh has recently had key roles on trial teams in the ITC and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. 

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Marsh also has significant experience representing clients before the US Patent and Trademark Office in all stages, including appeals and post-grant proceedings, including inter partes proceedings.

Mr. Marsh currently serves as a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

Prior to obtaining his JD from The George Washington University Law School, Mr. Marsh received an honors BS in electrical engineering from the University of Utah and worked as a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Scott Alter is an experienced intellectual property attorney whose practice focuses on software, electronics, internet, telecommunications, cloud computing, medical device, financial, and semiconductor technologies. A skilled global patent strategist, he also has significant expertise in patent eligibility, joint and indirect infringement, and indefiniteness. In every matter he handles, Scott strives to obtain practical results for his clients.

Scott has served as an expert witness in litigation concerning data encryption technology. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked at IBM as a LAN systems developer and computer programmer. Prior to joining the firm, Scott was a partner in the Colorado office of a national IP law firm.

Scott Oliver handles patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret matters, blending creative legal strategies with comprehensive, digestible explanations of complex technology. He designs and implements individualized legal strategies depending on each client’s unique business objectives.

An experienced and highly technical litigator, Scott has handled more than 150 matters and a dozen trials before both the International Trade Commission (ITC) and juries. He has more than 25 years of experience defending and advising companies across an array of industries, including wireless, software, semiconductor, and digital distribution.

In addition to his litigation experience, Scott advises clients on strategically growing and managing their intellectual property portfolios, guiding young companies through patent strategy, and consulting handset manufacturers and patent pools on the licensing of 802.11, 4G, 3G and LTE patents.

The Honorable Faith S. Hochberg served over 15 years as a federal judge in the District of New Jersey.  In 2015, she founded Hochberg ADR [], based in New York, to serve as a Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master and Monitor in U.S. and international litigation.  Judge Hochberg has served as a court-appointed Monitor in international cybersecurity cases, and is currently serving as a court-appointed Special Master in many cases in both federal and state courts, including complex multidistrict litigation (MDL cases).

Judge Hochberg is a distinguished neutral admitted to the rosters of the AAA, ICDR, ICC, CPR and FedArb; she is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators [FCIArb]. Her expertise broadly spans many areas of law: patent and other intellectual property litigation and licensing; class actions; corporate contract; insurance; banking & financial institutions; securities; antitrust; trade secrets; pharmaceutical development and licensing; merger and acquisition transactions; partnership disputes, and many more.

Judge Hochberg previously served as The United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and prior to that, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department.  She has twice been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Judge Hochberg has also spent many years in the private practice of law; as Legal Assistant to the Chairman of the SEC; and as a top official in a bank regulatory agency.

In her community, Judge Hochberg serves on the Advisory Board of the Innovation Center for Law & Technology, at New York Law School. She has been inducted into the Nutley, NJ Hall of Fame.

Judge Hochberg graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where she was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Tufts University.  She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She also attended the London School of Economics.

In her few moments of spare time, Judge Hochberg is an artist whose paintings and wearable art have been shown in galleries, boutiques and museum stores.

Valerie L. Calloway is Senior Counsel and Global Trademark Law Leader for IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Ms. Calloway served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for two companies, where she worked at each to maintain, enforce, and continue developing global intellectual property portfolios. During her more than 20 years of practice in the intellectual property profession, Ms. Calloway has worked as both in-house and outside counsel for several Fortune 1000 firms. Prior to attending Law School, Ms. Calloway was employed in manufacturing management.

Ms. Calloway was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) from 2016-2019 and is a life member of the National Bar Association. Ms. Calloway earned her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. She is admitted to practice law in Ohio, New York (In-House Counsel), and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  

Mr. McCurdy has more than twenty years of experience in intellectual property positions at highly regarded technology companies including ThinkFire, Lucent Technologies and IBM. Mr. McCurdy received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina. He also serves as CEO of PatentFreedom, an online community providing companies comprehensive information and networking capabilities to better manage patent assertions from Non-Practicing Entities.

Senior Counsel Robert Neuner has had a distinguished career as a patent trial lawyer. He is also a featured lecturer on litigation for the annual Patent Law Institute program, lecturer on the trial and appeal of intellectual property cases, and a long-time columnist on patent and trademark law for the New York Law Journal. He is listed in the Chambers USA Guide, America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2003, Chambers Global The World’s Leading Lawyers since 2004, and The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2009. In addition, Mr. Neuner was named a “New York Super Lawyer” in New York Super Lawyers, Manhattan Edition, a special supplement in the New York Times by Law and Politics, 2006-2009.

Practice Expertise
Extensive experience and success in the pretrial, trail, and appeal of patent, copyright, trademark, and trade dress cases. Additional expertise as a special master in patent cases, including discovery, settlement oversight, claim construction, and summary judgment.

Bar Admission

  • State of New York
  • United States Districts Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern
  • Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Seventh,
  • Ninth, and Federal Circuits
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1965
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Manhattan College, 1960


  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association, President, 2001-2002

Since January 3, 2007 when he retired from the USPTO, Robert (Bob) Spar has been actively providing advice, consultation and training services to the patent bar about patent practices and Office procedures, including, in particular, about recent examination related notices/initiatives, and proposed/final rule changes by the USPTO. He has provided such specialized consultant services via presentations and training workshops, with follow-up e-mails, to patent intellectual property organizations, individual attorneys, patent departments of major corporations and leading patent law firms; and to the patent community in general via presentations at Annual Patent Law conferences and telephonic Hot Topic Briefing webinars for the PLI. He has taught for the PLI in its bar review course, its program on Reissue and Reexamination Strategies and Tactics with Concurrent Litigation, and in its annual PLI programs on prior art/35 USC 102/103.  He also served as an expert witness in patent litigation matters, and provided legal and technical consultation services on reissues, reexamination requests, and patent procedures, practices and issues.

Prior to his retirement on January 3, 2007, Bob had nearly 40 years of service at the USPTO. For the last 11 years, Bob was the Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA, formerly SPLO), under the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. Bob, with OPLA, played a significant and leading role in developing and implementing many major Office rule makings and policy initiatives involving the patent process, and greatly affecting the patent corps and all patent practitioners.

During his tenure in the Office, Bob served in a number of capacities in Patents, holding the titles of Primary Examiner, Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE), and Special Programs Examiner (SPRE); serving on details to the Solicitor’s Office, the Board of Appeals and Interferences; and in 1978, he was selected for a 1 year Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship to the White House.

He taught extensively at the Patent Academy (including numerous patent examiner initial training (PEIT) sessions, and on 35 U.S.C. 103 – Obviousness); he made many training and informational presentations to examiners, technical support staff, and top patents management; and he made a large number of presentations on proposed, existing and revised PTO practices and policies to state and city patent bar organizations, at conferences of intellectual property organizations, and for the PLI. He helped to create the Form Paragraph manual of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), and served as its editor for many years.

He received a BME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1962, a LLB from University of Baltimore in 1969, is a member of the Maryland Bar, AIPLA, registered to practice before the USPTO, and is admitted to the CAFC.

United States District Judge Patti B. Saris was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and has resided in the Boston area for most of her life. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College '73 and Harvard Law School '76.

After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Supreme Judicial Court, and then went into private practice. When Senator Edward M. Kennedy became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she moved to Washington D.C. and worked as staff counsel. She later became an Assistant United States Attorney, and eventually chief of the Civil Division. In 1986, Judge Saris became a United States Magistrate Judge, and in 1989, she was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 1994, she was appointed to the United States District Court by President Clinton. She became Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission in January, 2011.

Judge Saris is active on various judicial committees, including the Budget Committee. She is the former chair of The Defender Services Committee.

The mother of four children, Judge Saris is married to Arthur Segel who teaches real estate at Harvard Business School.

Brian E. Hanlon is the Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Prior to taking his current position, Mr. Hanlon served as the acting Chief of Staff for Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, David J. Kappos, and served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Management Council for Under Secretary and Director Jon W. Dudas and acting Under Secretary and Director John J. Doll.  Prior to his work in the Under Secretary’s Office, Mr. Hanlon was the Deputy Director of OPLA.  Mr. Hanlon was also a shareholder at the law firm of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. where his practice focused on patent prosecution and client counseling on issues relating to both procurement and enforcement of utility and design patents.  Mr. Hanlon began his career as a patent examiner at the USPTO in former Group 3300, now TC 3700.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.  Mr. Hanlon is a member of the Bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Michelle K. Holoubek is a director in Sterne Kessler's Electronics Practice Group. With a background in relativistic physics, she specializes in software, digital healthcare, bioinformatics, and optical technologies. Having handled hundreds of software and business method applications at the PTO, patent-eligible subject matter (aka "101") is her special area of expertise. In addition to the preparation and prosecution of patents to develop portfolios for startups and Fortune 100 companies alike, she has been lead counsel in IPRs, CBMs, and reexams for both patent owners and challengers. She has also provided infringement and invalidity analysis in opinions for a variety of technologies.

In addition to cutting-edge optical and software applications, Michelle is heavily involved in our digital healthcare and bioinformatics practice, focusing on the intersection between optical devices, big data analytics, and the life sciences ecosystem.  She has practiced in the biological sample analysis and detection space since the early 2000s, including microfluidics, fluorescence-based imaging systems, and next-gen sequencing, along with the more processing-based analyses of interpreting biological correlations. 

Additional technical fields in which Michelle works include: web interfaces, Internet communications systems, software development, telecommunications systems, lasers, photolithography, cryptographic messaging, semiconductor fabrication and devices, electronic design automation, biometric devices, implantable medical devices, catheter location systems, sensor communication systems, financial products, and various other electrical, optical, and software/business method inventions.

Michelle is a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published in 2017. The book provides a fresh and comprehensive exploration of patent office litigation proceedings, including how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, while delivering practical analysis and advice. This second edition of Patent Office Litigation is the follow up to the first version of the book that was published in 2012 by Thomson Reuters Westlaw that focused on the contested proceedings that were introduced under the America Invents Act that year. Michelle is the Chapter Chief for the chapter on Covered Business Method Patent Review (CBM) in the 2012 edition. Additionally, she is a contributing author of the chapter on "Patentability Challenges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office" in the ABA's Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook, 4th Edition (2015).

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Michelle studied physics with a concentration in astronomy at Louisiana State University.  She focused her research on gravitational wave detection, working on with both LSU’s resonant bar detector ALLEGRO and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). While at LSU, she also assisted in the development of software simulation and analysis programs for laboratory and educational use, and participated in a summer research fellowship for LIGO at the California Institute of Technology. From 2008-2013, Michelle  served on the Executive Committee for LSU's College of Science. Michelle has her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

Suzanne Munck is Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property for the United States Federal Trade Commission and Deputy Director of its Office of Policy Planning, where she directs the FTC’s policy and enforcement efforts at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. She is the lead author of the FTC’s October 2016 report, “Patent Assertion Entity Activity: An FTC Report.” She also led the FTC’s recent revision of the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, together with the United States Department of Justice. Ms. Munck has significant litigation experience managing IP issues that arise during the FTC's enforcement efforts in the high-tech and healthcare sectors. She was the lead patent attorney in the FTC’s pay-for-delay action against Cephalon, Inc., which resulted in a $1.2B settlement for U.S. consumers. In recognition of her work, Ms. Munck has received the Commission’s Paul Rand Dixon and Janet D. Steiger Awards. Before joining the FTC, she was an antitrust and IP litigator in Los Angeles. She received her BA in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College and graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was a managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review.

Before joining GW Law School in 2008, Dean Whealan worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where he served as deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and solicitor since 2001. Dean Whealan represented the USPTO in all intellectual property litigation in federal court and advised the agency on a variety of policy issues. During his tenure, he argued approximately 30 cases before the Federal Circuit and, with his staff, was responsible for briefing and arguing more than 250 cases. Dean Whealan also assisted the U.S. Solicitor General on virtually every intellectual property case that has been heard by the Supreme Court since 2001. He also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary for the last year.

Prior to 2001, Dean Whealan was a staff attorney for the U.S. International Trade Commission where he litigated several investigations involving intellectual property matters. He has clerked at both the appellate and trial court levels, serving as law clerk to Judge Randall R. Rader, J.D. '78, of the Federal Circuit and Judge James T. Turner of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Dean Whealan has engaged in private practice at Fish & Neave in New York and worked as a design engineer for General Electric. For the past 10 years, he has taught as an adjunct professor of law at The Franklin Pierce Law Center and also has taught courses at George Mason University School of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Education: B.S., Villanova University; M.S., Drexel University; J.D., Harvard University

Kevin has more than twelve years of intellectual property experience as in-house and outside counsel, much of it spent defending technology companies from attacks by NPEs. Most recently, Kevin served as Intuit’s Head of IP Litigation. Prior to Intuit, Kevin was a patent litigator with Kaye Scholer LLP and Howrey LLP where he represented clients in various technology areas. He began his career as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Kevin has a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA.