Klarquist’s professional staff of attorneys and patent agents hail from diverse backgrounds, and have deep and broad legal and industry experience.
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.
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):
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 & 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, 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 prosecution and patent litigation. Mr. Lauer is also an active member of the Post-Grant Practice Group at Klarquist, which represents both patent owners and patent challengers in inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM) reviews, and reexamination proceedings.
Mr. Lauer’s represents a broad range of clients and industries, including mechanical and electromechanical devices, medical devices and related delivery systems, laboratory and diagnostic equipment, processes and manufacturing equipment, and consumer products. Before law school, he worked in Washington DC as an engineer at a firm that provided engineering services involving the design of telecommunications networks and related FCC compliance requirements.
Mr. Lauer’s broad experience in intellectual property matters and deep understanding of the science and technology area of his clients allow him to provide efficient and effective counseling on the issues that matter to his clients. Mr. Lauer recognizes that not all clients are the same and not all problems can be solved in the same manner. His goal in representing every client is not to just find a solution to the problem at hand, but to find the right solution that best serves that client’s specific needs.
Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA
Merchant & Gould, PC
Summer Associate, 2001
Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
Law Clerk/Patent Agent, 1999-2002
Becker & Associates, PC
Consulting Engineer, 1994-1999
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
Ms. Odems’ practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. She has experience in multiple phases of litigation, including extensive motion practice, taking and defending depositions, working with experts, and engaging in settlement negotiations.
Ms. Odems joined Klarquist as a staff attorney in 2017.
Phelps Dunbar LLP
New Orleans, LA
Associate, 1999 – 2002
Practice focused on 1st Amendment matters, as well as trademark and copyright work.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
New York, NY
Associate, 1994 – 1998
Practice focused on large scale commercial litigation.