Klarquist’s professional staff of attorneys and patent agents hail from diverse backgrounds, and have deep and broad legal and industry experience.
Medical Devices & Diagnostics
Patents: International and Utility
Mr. Cesarano is a patent agent with expertise in patent prosecution specializing in highly technical applications focused on electrical engineering, wireless technology, and computer hardware and software. Mr. Cesarano has more than 15 years of industrial experience in electrical engineering designing technological applications for such clients as Lockheed Martin, NASA, and Oleson Microwave.
Mr. Cesarano has extensive experience advising tech companies and government entities across several different technology areas, including electrical engineering and device physics fields, computer and information systems architecture and integration, cellular and wireless technology, RF engineering, and security systems architecture. His technical expertise primarily focuses on computer hardware-, software-, and electrical engineering-related technologies.
Patents, Intellectual Property Counseling
Dr. Di Nola-Baron’s practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of U.S., international, and foreign patent applications. She also prepares patentability, invalidity, infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions.
Dr. Di Nola-Baron focuses her practice on biotechnology, including pharmaceuticals, small molecule drugs, polymer applications, cosmetics, coatings, medical treatments, devices and apparatuses, immunology, biochemistry, gene therapy, food science, and agriculture.
Foley & Lardner, LLP
Law Clerk/Patent Agent | 2006 – 2009, 2011 – 2017
Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP
Patent Attorney | 2009 – 2011
Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox, LLC
Patent Agent | 2004 – 2006
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Patent Examiner | 1999 – 2004
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Molecular Biologist | 1986 – 1988, 1990 – 1993
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Immunologist | 1988 – 1990
Université P. et M. Curie
Biochemist | 1985
Di Nola, L., Taylorson, R.B. and Berlin, E. (1991) Thermotropic properties of cellular membranes in dormant and non-dormant Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) Beauv. seeds. J. Exp. Botany 42:113.
Di Nola, L., Mischke, C.F., and Taylorson, R.B. (1990) Changes in the composition and synthesis of proteins in cellular membranes of Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) Beauv. seeds during the transition from dormancy to germination. Plant Physiol. 92, 427.
Di Nola, L. and Taylorson, R.B. (1990) Ultrastructural changes in radicles of Barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) Beauv. seeds during the transition from dormancy to germination. Isr. J. Bot. 39, 303.
Taylorson, R.B. and Di Nola, L. (1990) Phytochrome and membrane behavior as influenced by temperature and anesthetic treatment of R. crispus seeds. Seed Sci. & Technol. 18:549.
Di Nola, L. and Taylorson, R.B. (1989) Brief high temperature exposure to release dormancy affects soluble and membrane-bound protein composition in Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) Beauv. seeds. J. Plant Physiol. 136, 117.
Taylorson, R.B. and Di Nola, L. (1989) Increased phytochrome responsiveness and a high temperature transition in barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli) seed dormancy. Weed Sci. 37, 335.
Di Nola, L. and Taylorson, R.B. (1988) Influence of anesthetics on ultrastructural development in dormant and germinating Echinochloa crus-galli seeds. Plant Physiol. 86, suppl., p. 140. Abstract 836.
Taylorson, R.B. and Di Nola, L. (1988) Phytochrome and membrane behavior as influenced by temperature and anesthetic treatment of R. crispus seeds. Plant Physiol. 86, suppl. p. 154, 915a.
Di Nola, L., and Mayer, A.M. (1987) Ethanolamine incorporation into the membranes of pea embryonic axes during germination. Phytochem. 26, 1591.
Hodson, M.J., Di Nola, L. and Mayer, A.M. (1987) The effect of changing temperatures during imbibition on ultrastructure in germinating pea embryonic radicles. J. Exp. Bot. 38, 525.
Di Nola, L., and Mayer, A.M. (1986a) Effect of temperature on glycerol metabolism in membranes and on Phospholipases C and D of germinating pea embryos. Phytochem. 25, 2255.
Di Nola, L., and Mayer, A.M. (1986b) The effect of temperature of imbibition and germination on the lipid and fatty acid content and composition in phospholipids of embryonic axes from pea seeds. Phytochem. 25, 2725.
Di Nola, L., and Mayer, A.M. (1985) Effect of temperature of imbibition on phospholipid metabolism in pea embryonic axes. Phytochem. 24, 2549.
Di Nola, L., and Mayer, A.M. (1984) Effect of temperature on metabolism of membrane phospholipids in germinating pea embryos. Plant Physiol. 75, suppl. p. 4. Abstract 15.
Di Nola, L., Mayer, A.M., Heyn, C.C. (1983) Respiration, photosynthesis and drought tolerance in mosses from various habitats in Israel. Isr. J. Bot. 32, 189.
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, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings
Mr. Grellmann’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.
Mr. Grellmann’s focus is in mechanical-related technologies including medical devices, automotive technology, and consumer products, and in electrical- and computer-related technologies, including semiconductors and software.
MSU College of Law Housing Law Clinic
Research Assistant | 2012
Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy
Summer Associate | 2011
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Law Clerk | 2010
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hydroelectric Design Center
Mechanical Engineering Technician | 2008
2011, Summer Associate
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).
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
Patents: Design and Utility
Ms. Johnson’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications.
Ms. Johnson has a degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering from Oregon State University. In addition to having experience as a process engineer, she recently interned in the patent department at NASA.
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Patent Department Extern | 2016
Klarquist Sparkman, Portland, OR
Summer Associate | 2016
Arclin, Portland, OR
Process Engineering Intern | 2013-2014
E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA
Process Engineering Intern | 2012
2015, 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.
Patents: Design, International, and Utility
Dr. Lian’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of U.S., international, and foreign patent applications, and performing patentability and prior art searches and freedom-to-operate analysis.
Dr. Lian’s professional experience includes more than ten years of academic research and more than thirteen years of industrial research and development, spanning areas including medical devices, mobile health, signal/image processing, and wearable technology, among others. He specializes in signal processing, statistical analysis, physiological modeling, and algorithm development for embedded systems. He has published three book chapters and more than seventy peer-reviewed research articles. He is the recipient of more than forty issued or pending U.S. patents and dozens of European patents. He has also served as an expert reviewer for more than a dozen scientific journals.
Ganz Pollard, LLC, Hillsboro, OR
Patent Agent | 2016 – 2017
Micro Systems Engineering Inc., Lake Oswego, OR
Staff Engineer, Project Manager | 2002 – 2015
Litigation, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Startups & Emerging Businesses, Trade Secrets
Mr. Love’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation. He has represented parties in patent cases in federal district courts across the country, including California, Delaware, Florida, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, and in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C.
Mr. Love joined Klarquist Sparkman, LLP in 2000. From 1987 to 2000, he practiced appellate and general civil litigation in Portland.
Mr. Love has represented parties in patent cases involving a wide variety of technologies, including the following cases (represented parties underlined):
Intellectual Property Counseling, Litigation, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings, Startups & Emerging Businesses
Andy’s practice encompasses all aspects of patent law, with a focus on litigation and USPTO post-grant review proceedings. He has successfully argued before the Federal Circuit, the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), and before federal district courts at Markman and summary judgment hearings. A registered patent attorney and former circuit designer, Andy also has prosecuted patents on technologies including electronic design automation (“EDA”), telecommunications, network infrastructure, media CODECs, and control systems. He also has extensive experience working with foreign counsel on global patent litigation strategies, and participated in patent trials in both Germany and the U.K.
Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA, Minneapolis, MN
Associate | 2006 – 2011
United States District Court, District of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Extern to Judge James M. Rosenbaum | 2005
LSI Logic Corporation, Bloomington, MN
ASIC Design Engineer | 2000 – 2004
Micron Technologies, Boise, ID
Process Engineer Co-op | 1997
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.
Dr. Rohatgi prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications. Since joining Klarquist, he has primarily been working with the Software group, writing applications, and prosecuting existing cases. He has also been working with other practice areas on physics-related technologies.
Dr. Rohatgi’s technical expertise includes diverse areas such as organic LEDs and displays, electronics, medical devices, computing equipment, software, wireless communication, and optical networks. Dr. Rohatgi has 14 years industry experience, as well as six years experience in university and national laboratory settings.
As a physicist, Dr. Rohatgi was part of the Stanford University team that demonstrated the world’s first visible light Free-Electron Laser, and spent another three years at Lawrence Livermore National Labs developing a positron-electron collision experiment. Subsequently, he spent 14 years developing commercial electronics and associated software and firmware. Dr. Rohatgi’s projects have included a 200 MHz RF Lock-in Amplifier and a 60 GHz point-to-point radio. He has also been part of start-up teams developing medical devices, including a whole body PET scanner and a fiber optic probe for coronary arteries.
Global OLED Technology (GOT), Herndon, VA | 2012 – 2016
Technology, Patents, and Licensing (TPL), Dolyestown, PA | 2006-2012
Medeikon Corporation, Ewing, NJ | 2005 – 2006
PhotoDetection Systems, Acton, MA | 2001 – 2005
SierraCom, Hopkinton, MA | 2000 – 2001
PMC Beta, Natick, MA | 1999 – 2000
Stanford Research Systems, Sunnyvale, CA | 1992 – 1997
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA | 1989 – 1992
Stanford University, Stanford, CA | 1986 – 1989
Dr. Rohatgi is listed as inventor on six U.S. patents
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
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 inter partes reviews, 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 both prosecuting and litigating patents involving computer software, computer hardware, video game technology and e-commerce applications, as well as medical devices and treatments. He has represented technology clients such as Microsoft, Samsung, 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 intellectual property disputes nationwide, including in California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.
Mr. Toddy also has experience in advising clients regarding freedom-to-operate issues, crafting settlement agreements, and intellectual property licensing, 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, including first-chair trial and appeal experience in inter partes reviews and reexaminations 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 both computer- and mechanical-related fields, and in particular the fields of Web commerce and medical devices.
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: