Klarquist’s professional staff of attorneys and patent agents hail from diverse backgrounds, and have deep and broad legal and industry experience.
Dr. Burgess is a patent agent skilled in all aspects of chemistry. Dr. Burgess has more than 15 years of industrial experience in synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry including designing, synthesizing, and optimizing novel antimalarial and antibacterial drugs.
Senior Scientist | 2008 – 2013
Designed and synthesized novel antimalarial and antibacterial drugs. Project manager for the preclinical testing of the lead RCQ candidate.
Portland State University
Research/Teaching Assistant | 2003 – 2008
Dissertation title: Design and synthesis of antimalarial drugs based on a chloroquine scaffold.
Scientist | 2001 – 2003
Team Leader | 1999 – 2001
Senior Chemist | 1995 – 1999
Chemist | 1992 – 1995
Designed and synthesized screening libraries, and synthetic intermediates, and managed custom synthesis projects.
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, Startups & Emerging Businesses, Trade Secrets
Mr. Davis’ practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property litigation, representing such clients as Adobe, British Airways, Columbia River Knife & Tool, Capsugel, Costco, Danner, Expedia, Intuit, Microsoft, SAP, Twitter, and Vestas-American Wind Technology. He has represented clients in numerous federal courts nationwide in cases involving patent, trademark, trade dress, product configuration, copyright, DMCA, trade secret, unfair competition, and false advertising claims.
Mr. Davis has litigated cases in a wide range of technical fields, including the chemical, mechanical, computer, and pharmaceutical arts. Prior to law school, he studied organic and computational chemistry and worked as an organic chemist at Antivirals, Inc. (now Sarepta Therapeutics).
Law clerk to United States District Judge A. Howard Matz in the Central District of California
Over the last few years, Mr. Davis has established an impressive record as lead counsel on many patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, false advertising, and other intellectual property-related cases. Cases on which he acted as counsel include the following (client represented is underlined):
Patents: International and Utility
Ms. Gardner prepares and prosecutes U.S. patent applications and assists with the preparation and prosecution of international and foreign patent applications.
Ms. Gardner has primary expertise in the area of chemistry, including pharmaceuticals, batteries, analyte detection, cellular imaging, nanoparticles, nanostructured films and coatings, and silicon/silane production.
Ms. Gardner has an extensive background in chemistry. She has been an adjunct instructor with Lewis & Clark College and Portland Community College. Prior to becoming an instructor, Ms. Gardner was the Chemistry Lab Director for Lewis and Clark College. She has also worked as a research assistant with Oregon Health & Science University as well as the University of Oregon.
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: International, Plant and Utility, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings, Trademarks
Dr. Harding prepares and prosecutes U.S., foreign, and international patent applications, as well as advises clients with regard to patent-related administrative proceedings, including interferences, European third-party document submissions, and European oppositions. She also prepares legal opinions, such as patentability, inventorship, freedom to use, and infringement/non-infringement opinions. License drafting and interpretation and client counseling regarding portfolio management and portfolio acquisition/transfer are additional aspects of Dr. Harding’s work.
Dr. Harding’s technology areas include molecular and cell biology, basic and applied plant biology and genetics, biofuel production, cancer and immunology, infectious diseases (including viral diseases), vaccines, and microarray (including nucleic acid and protein arrays) and high throughput technologies. Her laboratory experience includes recombinant DNA techniques, protein isolation and analysis, immunology, and molecular, plant, and microbial genetics, as well as plant tissue culture (monocots and dicots). Research systems in which Dr. Harding has worked include tobacco, tomato, barley, wheat, and cucumber, as well as bacteria, yeast (S. cerevisiae), and Chlamydomonas.
U.S. District Court – Northern District of N.Y., Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy, Chief Judge, Binghamton, NY
Judicial Externship | Spring 1998
Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, NY
Research Assistant to Professor Yvonne Cripps | Fall 1997
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C., Washington, D.C.
Summer Associate | May 1997 – August 1997
University of California, Davis, CA
Teaching Assistant, Department of Microbiology | Spring 1995
Graduate Research Associate, Depts. of Microbiology and Plant Biology | May 1991 – June 1996
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, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Litigation, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings, Startups & Emerging Businesses
Mr. Jakubek’s practice focuses on intellectual property counseling and litigation. His experience includes patent reexamination proceedings, jury trials for patents, and the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications. He also has experience in copyright litigation and registration matters. Mr. Jakubek is Klarquist’s current managing partner.
Mr. Jakubek’s practice emphasizes chemical-, computer-, and mechanical-related fields.
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
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.
Intellectual Property Counseling, Patents
Dr. Mitchell’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. Her practice also includes client counseling and analysis regarding licensing and patentability, patent infringement, and invalidity.
Dr. Mitchell’s focus is in life science-, biochemistry-, and biophysics-related technologies.
CoMotion (the University of Washington technology transfer office), Seattle, Washington
Intern | 2016
Cascadia Intellectual Property, Seattle, Washington
Law Clerk | 2014 – 2015
PATH, Seattle, Washington
Intern | 2015
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Research Assistant | 2006 – 2013
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Research Assistant | 2004 – 2006
David M. Deutsch Co. L.PA., Dayton, Ohio
Law Clerk | 2003 – 2004
Law Clerk to Judges David Sunderland and G. Jack Davis of Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Dayton, Ohio, 2000 – 2003.
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 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, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Patents: International and Utility, Startups & Emerging Businesses
Mr. Rupert’s practice includes intellectual property transactions, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, and other patent matters.
Mr. Rupert’s areas of expertise are in chemical and mechanical technologies such as pharmaceuticals, polymers, adhesives, coatings, fibers, composites, inorganic materials, semiconductors, and process systems.
Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR
Senior Attorney | 2000 – 2001
Lord Corporation, Cary, NC
Senior Intellectual Property Attorney | 1994 – 2000
AlliedSignal Incorporated, Fibers Group, Petersburg, VA
Senior Counsel | 1991 – 1994
Foley & Lardner, Alexandria, VA
Associate Attorney | 1989 – 1991
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.
Dr. Schwartz’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.
Dr. Schwartz’s focus is in chemical-related technologies, including organic chemistry and biotechnology.
Oregon State University
Teaching Assistant | 2004 – 2006, 2009
Oregon State University
Research Assistant for Dr. Rich Carter | 2006 – 2008
Organic synthesis, methodology, and catalyst development
St. Edward’s University
Undergraduate Researcher and Supplemental Instructor | 2003 – 2004
2010 – 2012, Summer Associate and Law Clerk
Patents: Design and Utility
Dr. Scott prepares and prosecutes U.S., foreign, and international patent applications. He also advises clients about patentability, inventorship, freedom-to-operate, and strategic product development.
Dr. Scott’s practice emphasis is in biotechnology, including applications relating to biochemistry, molecular genetics, virology, immunology, neurobiology, pharmaceuticals, cellular imaging, and bioinformatics.
Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Graduate Student | 1999 – 2006
Laboratory Technician | 1997 – 1999
Responsible for design and completion of original biomedical research concerning subcellular localization and phosphorylation of proteins in the endosomal system.
2007 – 2010, Summer Associate & Student Law Clerk
Chemical, Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Medical Devices and Diagnostics, Patents: International and Utility
Dr. Slade’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, including the coordination of international patent strategies. She has experience counseling clients to effectively tailor their IP strategies to address business goals, including performing due diligence, patentability, and freedom-to-operate analyses. Additionally, Dr. Slade worked as a research chemist in biotech for more than 10 years prior to becoming an attorney, and is an inventor on multiple patents.
Dr. Slade has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications which incorporate chemical technologies. She has more than a decade of practical experience in the biotech industry, and combines her extensive background as a laboratory chemist and inventor with her legal expertise to provide practical guidance to clients in the chemical, biotechnical, materials, and medical device industries.
Michael Best & Friedrich, Salt Lake City, UT
Associate | 2014 – 2016
Stoel Rives, LLP, Salt Lake City, UT
Associate | 2009 – 2014
Summer Associate | 2008
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Legal Intern, Technology Commercialization Office | 2007 – 2008
Myriad Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry | 2000 – 2006
SIDDCO, Tucson, AZ
Scientific Fellow, Chemistry | 1998 – 2000
Darwin Molecular Corporation, Bothell, WA
Scientist, Chemistry | 1995 – 1998
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.