Klarquist’s professional staff of attorneys and patent agents hail from diverse backgrounds, and have deep and broad legal and industry experience.
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Startups & Emerging Businesses, Trademarks
Ms. Caldwell practices all aspects of intellectual property law focusing on patent procurement, IP licensing and preparation of patent infringement/validity opinions. Her practice also focuses on trademark procurement and enforcement, including licensing and opposition and cancellation proceedings.
Ms. Caldwell’s patent practice has an emphasis on preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the chemical, mechanical, and microelectronics fields. Her practice includes patent prosecution in a variety of technical areas such as semiconductor processing and devices, pharmaceuticals, food science, mechanical and pulp/paper technologies, as well as other technical fields involving inorganic and organic chemistry.
Oregon Department of Justice
Court Certified Law Clerk | 1992 – 1993
Civil Enforcement Division, representing state in various hearings, judgment debtor exams, and statutory injunction proceedings; preparation of legal memoranda, discovery requests, pleadings, responses, affidavits, and motions.
Chemist | 1991 – 1994
Researching, developing, and practicing methodologies for analyses of soils, air, and water inorganic and organic toxics for environmental impact studies.
Fujitsu Microelectronics, Inc.
Chemist | 1989 – 1991
Responsible for developing and practicing methodologies for quality control/quality assurance of liquid, solid, and vapor chemical process media used for computer chip fabrication. Evaluated/solved chip fabrication chemical process issues.
Nuclear Environmental Analysis, Inc.
Chemist | 1985 – 1989
Responsible for method development, analysis, and reporting of soil, air, and water environmental contaminants.
University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Research Chemist Hazards Control Department | 1982 – 1984
Litigation, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Trademarks
Since 1995, Mr. Carraway has focused his practice exclusively on intellectual property litigation, representing such clients as Microsoft, SAP, eBay, LinkedIn, and NBC in patent litigation in federal courts nationwide. Mr. Carraway has particular experience litigating patents involving computer software, computer hardware, video game technology, and e-commerce. He has argued at numerous claim construction and summary judgment hearings and Federal Circuit appeals. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Carraway served as a law clerk to the Hon. William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Some of the federal courts where Mr. Carraway has recently litigated include California (Northern and Central Districts), Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York (Southern District), Oregon, Texas (Eastern and Western Districts), Virginia (Eastern District), and Washington (Western District).
Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP
Associate | 1996 – 1999
Law clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit | 1995 – 1996
Over the last few years, Chris has served as lead counsel on the following patent litigation cases (represented party underlined):
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Litigation, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings, Trademarks
Mr. Duncan’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of US, international (PCT), and foreign patent applications and trademark registration applications. His practice also includes preparing and analyzing licensing agreements, technology agreements, and sales/assignments of IP ownership rights. Additionally, Mr. Duncan performs invalidity and patentability searches and opinions, landscape studies, IPRs and other post-grant procedures, and litigation.
Mr. Duncan specializes in mechanical engineering fields, including medical devices and other medical technologies, computer hardware, mobile computing devices, industrial/manufacturing, 3D printing, sporting goods, footwear and apparel, underground drilling, power generation and smart grid systems, and automotive technologies. He is also experienced in software, computer science, electrical engineering, chemistry, and materials science fields.
Klarquist Sparkman, LLP
Summer Associate | 2008
Superior Court of California
Judicial Extern to the Honorable Mary Jo Levinger | 2007
Packaging Designer | 2001 – 2006
Apple Computer Corp.
Mechanical Engineering Intern | 2000
2008, Summer Associate
Litigation, Copyrights, Domain Disputes, Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Trademarks, Trade Secrets
Mr. Geringer’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, counseling, and licensing.
Tokyo Systems Laboratories | 1984 – 1986
Provided on-site CAD/CAM software support to Japanese integrated circuit manufacturers.
Law clerk to Justice Jay Rabinowitz, Alaska Supreme Court, 1989.
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Startup & Emerging Businesses, Trademarks
Since 1994, Mr. Girard has specialized in planning, preparing, and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications. Mr. Girard’s practice also includes patent infringement and validity analysis, trademark work, and design patent applications. He has litigation, licensing, and counseling experience.
Mr. Girard has worked with clients in many different technology areas, including computer and information systems, manufacturing, medical devices, transportation, agriculture and wood products, and consumer products, with an emphasis on the mechanical and system aspects in these areas.
Systems engineer in the automotive industry.
Intellectual Property Counseling, Patents: International and Utility, Trademarks
Dr. Graf’s practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of U.S., international, and foreign patent applications. She also prepares legal opinions, including patentability, invalidity, infringement/non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions. Additionally, Dr. Graf prepares and prosecutes trademark applications.
Dr. Graf specializes in biotechnical and medical patent applications. She has extensive research experience in the fields of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics, including clinical diagnostics.
Oregon Health & Science University
Senior Research Assistant, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics | 2003 – 2005
Developed and implemented clinical diagnostic tests for human genetic diseases utilizing technologies such as denaturing high performance liquid chromatography, real-time PCR, and direct sequencing.
Research Assistant, Department of Endocrinology | 2000 – 2003
Participated in basic research studies in genetics of congenital heart disease, including human genetic analysis, biochemical studies of heart protein CRELD1, and analysis of CRELD1 knockout mouse line.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (post-doctoral fellow) | 1996 – 1999
Involved in basic research on genetics of retinal degeneration, including creation and analysis of knockout mouse lines, mutation screening in human subjects with retinal degeneration, and biochemical studies of retinal guanylyl cyclase activity.
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Cell Biology | 1991 – 1996
Participated in basic research on biochemical function of dopamine receptors, focused on signal transduction activity of the dopamine D2 and D3 receptors. Extensive experience in biochemical assays of second messenger signaling in cultured cell lines.
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Startups & Emerging Businesses, Trademarks
Mr. Haendler’s practice includes preparing and prosecuting U.S., foreign, and international patent applications and trademark applications. His practice also includes licensing and patentability, patent infringement, and validity analysis.
Mr. Haendler has experience with a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, robotics, semiconductor processing and testing, optics, consumer products, electronics, mechanical devices, construction materials, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
Copyrights, Domain Disputes, Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Litigation, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Trademarks
Mr. Hayes prepares and prosecutes patent and trademark applications, handles ex parte appeals of such applications, litigates intellectual property matters before the federal courts and other federal adjudicative bodies, such as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and handles domain name disputes under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy.
Mr. Hayes earned a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Chemistry.
Technician, Envirotest Research, Inc.
Chemistry Teaching Assistant, University of Puget Sound
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing & Technology Transfer, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Trademarks
Dr. Heck assists clients in a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including advising on patent and trademark issues related to acquisition, enforcement, and licensing. Dr. Heck files and prosecute patent applications for a broad range of technologies. He also has significant experience in drafting legal agreements related to intellectual property, including license agreements, confidentiality agreements, and material transfer agreements. Dr. Heck has participated in legal proceedings both enforcing patents and defending against charges of patent infringement, as well as participating in post-grant review proceedings. He also counsels clients regarding issues of patentability, patent validity, and non-infringement. His time spent working in-house at the University of Nevada, Reno, helps Dr. Heck develop client-centric solutions.
Dr. Heck’s practice embraces many technical areas. Both in private practice and in-house roles, he has helped universities and research institutions patent inventions in diverse fields such as chemistry, biotechnology, chemical engineering, material science, computer-related technologies, and mechanical devices. Dr. Heck has assisted companies of all sizes, as well as individual inventors, with a variety of technologies, including power distribution units, gaming devices, and video surveillance. He is passionate about learning new technologies, and is currently taking coursework in computer science and engineering, and previously completed a technical diploma for the Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering Program offered by the American Brewers Guild.
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Reno, NV
Director and Patent Counsel for the Technology Transfer Office of the UNR and Desert Research Institute | 2008 – 2015
Klarquist Sparkman LLP, Portland, OR
Associate | 2004 – 2008
Nath & Associates, Reno, NV
Associate | 2004
Ian F. Burns & Associates, Reno, NV
Associate | 2002 – 2004
Howrey Simon Arnold & White, Houston, TX
Associate | 2001 – 2002
ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Baytown, TX
Summer Associate | 2000
2004 – 2008, Associate
Copyrights, Intellectual Property Counseling, Litigation, Patents: Design, International, Plant, and Utility, Trademarks, Trade Secrets
Ms. Jelsema’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation.
Ms. Jelsema has litigated cases and prosecuted patents in a wide range of technical fields. Prior to law school, she studied biology and biochemistry.
Parsons Behle & Latimer, Salt Lake City, UT
Litigation Associate | 2014 – 2015
Workman Nydegger, Salt Lake City, UT
Litigation Associate | 2011 – 2014
Law Clerk to Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2015 – 2016.
“How Websites Can Reduce Their Copyright Infringement Liability for What Users Post,” 27 Utah Bar J. 6, 14–17, November/December 2014
Copyrights, Patents, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings, Trademarks
Mr. Johnson’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications. His practice also includes client counseling, post-grant proceedings, and litigation.
Mr. Johnson’s focus is in electrical-, mechanical-, and computer science-related technologies.
The Honorable Chief Judge Ann Aiken, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Judicial Extern | 2013
Klarquist Sparkman, Portland, Oregon
Summer Associate | 2013
Emerald Algae Solutions, Eugene, Oregon
IP Consultant/Engineer | 2012 – 2014
American Pacific Corporation, Cedar City, Utah
Engineer Intern | 2010
2013, Summer Associate
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Litigation, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Trademarks
Dr. Jones’ practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. Dr. Jones served as Klarquist’s managing partner in 2014 and 2015.
Dr. Jones’ practice is focused in the fields of optics, electronics, semiconductor device design and processing, cryptography, computer software and hardware, wireless and lightwave communications, and electro-mechanical technologies.
Principal Physicist, Tektronix, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon. Dr. Jones has fifteen years of experience in product design and development in a variety of technologies including lightwave communications, fiber optics, signal processing, liquid crystal devices, lasers, electro-optics, nonlinear optics, electron optics, optical system design, chemical sensors, signal processing, and high speed electronic systems.
Copyrights, Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Litigation, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Startups & Emerging Businesses, Trademarks
Mr. Klitzke practices all phases of patent, trademark, and copyright law, including preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, design patents, and trademark applications, and has experience in patent and trademark litigation, IP audits, IP due diligence, product clearance, and trade dress protection for product configurations.
Mr. Klitzke has experience in consumer products, biomedical devices, and electro-mechanical devices. Additionally, Mr. Klitzke’s experience includes work with food processing, manufacturing systems, lumber processing systems, and power transmission.
Koehring Company, Patent Department
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Litigation, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings, Startups & Emerging Businesses, Trademarks, Copyrights
Mr. Lauer practices in all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent and trademark counseling and patent litigation. Mr. Lauer is also an active member of the Post-Grant Practice Group at Klarquist. Mr. Lauer represents both patent owners and third-party requesters in reexamination proceedings, and has been lead or backup counsel in inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) patent reviews.
Mr. Lauer’s legal experience covers a broad range of intellectual property issues, including patent litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, product design and development consultation, patentability studies, infringement and validity opinions, and various licensing issues. Mr. Lauer represents a broad range of clients and industries, with a particular emphasis in mechanical and electromechanical devices, medical devices and related delivery systems, laboratory and diagnostic equipment, and Internet technologies.
Prior to joining Klarquist Sparkman, LLP, Mr. Lauer worked as a patent attorney at Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA and Merchant & Gould, PC in Minnesota. Before law school, Mr. Lauer worked in Washington DC as an engineer at an engineering and law firm that provided technical consulting on the design and optimization of telecommunications networks and related FCC compliance requirements.
Litigation, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets
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.
Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo, New York
Associate | 2006 – 2008
Law clerk to the late Honorable John T. Elfvin of the Western District of New York | 2004 – 2006
Ms. Loesch represents parties in patent, trademark, and copyright cases, in a number of District Courts and before the TTAB. Her patent litigation experience includes cases involving a variety of technologies for a diverse client base. A representative sample of her representations is below (represented party underlined):
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing & Technology Transfer, Patents, Trademarks
Mr. McGrath’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.
Mr. McGrath’s focus is in mechanical-, optics-, and semiconductor-related technologies.
nLIGHT Photonics, Vancouver, Washington
Patent Counsel | 2010 – 2015
United Space Alliance, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Electrical Controls Engineer, Integrated Network Control System | 2003 – 2005
Thermal Engineer, Thermal Protection System | 2002 – 2003
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
Lab Technician, Semiconductor Research Lab | 2002 – 2003
IBM Endicott Research Center, Endicott, New York
Mechanical Engineer Intern | 2000
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Patents: International and Utility, Trademarks
Dr. Noonan prosecutes U.S., international, and foreign patent applications. He advises clients about patentability, infringement, joint research agreements, and strategic product development. He also represents clients in the acquisition and sale of intellectual property, including due diligence evaluations. Dr. Noonan is the head of the firm’s life sciences group.
As both a physician and a patent attorney, Dr. Noonan has a broad perspective about the practical applications of medical and biological inventions. His medical education and residency training in internal medicine and ophthalmology also provide specialized expertise in a variety of fields. He has worked on many cases related to human genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical and surgical devices, high-throughput micro-array technology, optics, engineered proteins, vaccines, cancer treatment, and imaging analysis.
Prior to joining the firm in 1985, Dr. Noonan was a patent prosecutor at Sughrue, Mion et al. in Washington, D.C. and a patent litigator at Keaty & Keaty, New Orleans, LA. Dr. Noonan also participated in an Ophthalmology Residency at Oregon Health & Science University and the Internal Medicine Residency at Providence Medical Center in Portland, OR.
Copyrights, Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Patents: Design, International, Plant and Utility, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings, Trademarks
Mr. Petersen counsels clients in connection with a wide variety of intellectual property issues. His practice includes preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, plant patents, U.S. and foreign trademark protection, protection and registration of copyrightable works, licensing of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights and computer software. Although no longer practicing as a litigator, Mr. Petersen has litigated patent and other intellectual property disputes.
Mr. Petersen’s technical experience includes software, electrical engineering, and mechanical fields.
Copyrights, Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Trademarks
Mr. Polley practices all phases of U.S. and international patent and trademark law.
Mr. Polley’s practice focuses on technologies relating to pharmaceuticals, food chemistry, water purification, paper making, semiconductor materials, and biotechnology; including molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunology.
Weyerhaeuser Company, Patent and Licensing Division of Law Department. Consultant on patent matters related to pulp and paper chemistry and heat resistant ceramic materials, 1974 – 1975.
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Patents: Design, International, Plant and Utility, Trademarks
Dr. Rybak’s practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications.
Dr. Rybak’s focus is biotechnology, including molecular biology, biochemistry, virology, medical diagnostics, and botany. She also prepares patentability opinions, freedom-to-operate opinions, non-infringement opinions, invalidity opinions, and prosecution and litigation of United States trademarks. In addition she prepares and prosecutes plant patents.
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Post-Doctoral Fellow | 1997 – 1998
Designed and constructed genetically engineered fluorescent-tagged proteins, examined trafficking of these proteins using real-time microscopy and developed in vitro protein binding assays; National Institutes of Health post-doctoral Neuroendocrine Training Grant, 1997 – 1998
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences | 1992 – 1997
Developed cell biological and theoretical methods to study mechanisms of endosomal pH regulation.
Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society (1996); American Society for Cell Biology predoctoral/student travel award to attend the 1995 meeting; American Heart Association, Pennsylvania Affiliate, student fellowship (1994-1996); National Science Foundation fellowship through Graduate Research Training Grant at the Center for Light Microscope Imaging and Biotechnology (1994-1996); National Institutes of Health award to attend the Physiology: Cellular and Molecular Biology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts (1994); Graduate Student Conference Presentation Grant from Carnegie Mellon University to attend the 1993 American Society for Cell Biology meeting.
University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Research Assistant | 1990 – 1992
Studied the effects of the calcium pool inhibitors on cell growth.
Copyrights, Intellectual Property Counseling, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Trademarks
Mr. Slater joined Klarquist in 1990, and practices all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, and copyright law.
Mr. Slater’s primary experience is in patent prosecution in chemical, biotechnology, and mechanical technologies, with a primary emphasis in preparing U.S. and foreign applications related to pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, and vaccines. Mr. Slater served as the firm’s managing partner from 2010-2011.
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Teaching assistant, Department of Chemistry | 1987 – 1990
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Research Assistant, Dr. J.D. White | 1984 – 1987
Pharmaceutical synthesis; structure determination of protein and natural products; molecular modeling; drug delivery, particularly prodrug synthesis.
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Research Assistant, Dr. David M. Walba, Department of Chemistry | 1982 – 1984
Synthesis, structure determination of natural products, and molecular modeling.
Intellectual Property Counseling, Litigation, Patents, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings, Trademarks, Trade Secrets
Since joining Klarquist in 2006, Mr. Toddy has focused his practice on all aspects of Intellectual Property disputes, from pre-litigation and “alternatives to litigation” such as PTO reexaminations and other post-grant proceedings, through discovery, motion practice and summary judgment, to preparation for trial, as well as related settlement and licensing work. Mr. Toddy has particular experience litigating patents involving computer software, computer hardware, video game technology and e-commerce applications. He has represented technology clients such as Microsoft, SAP, eBay, Adobe, LinkedIn, Netflix, Twitter, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, and Amazon.com, as well as retail clients such as Office Depot, Staples, J.C. Penney, Burlington Coat Factory, Dillard’s and Costco in patent, trademark and trade secret disputes nationwide, including in California, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.
Mr. Toddy also has experience in advising clients regarding crafting settlement agreements and intellectual property licensing issues, and has prepared a number of opinions regarding both non-infringement and invalidity. Finally, Mr. Toddy has extensive experience working on various post-grant proceedings in the USPTO, and has played an integral role in successfully appealing or defending appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (formerly BPAI). Mr. Toddy’s work on these reexams and appeals often resulted in cancellation of patent claims asserted in litigation for which Klarquist’s clients had obtained a stay pending the outcome of ex parte or inter partes reexams, in many cases avoiding entirely or greatly reducing the cost of having to litigate these claims in district court.
Mr. Toddy’s practice emphasizes computer- and mechanical-related fields, and in particular the field of Web commerce.
Morgan Miller Blair
Associate | 2005 – 2006
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP
Associate | 2004 – 2005
Judicial Extern to the Honorable Jack Weinstein, Eastern District of New York | 2003
Over the past decade, Mr. Toddy has been involved in all aspects of a large number of patent and trademark cases, including the following representative litigation cases (represented parties underlined), as well as, in many cases, related PTO and/or PTAB proceedings: