Klarquist’s professional staff of attorneys and patent agents hail from diverse backgrounds, and have deep and broad legal and industry experience.
Agriculture & Food Science
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):
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, 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 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.
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: 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
Patents: International and Utility
Dr. Siegel prepares and prosecutes U.S., foreign, and international patent applications.
Dr. Siegel has been a registered patent agent for sixteen years. She has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, completed post-doctoral fellowships in cancer biology and immunology, and did academic research in the field of transplant rejection. She has prosecuted numerous patent applications related to monoclonal antibodies, stem cells, diagnostic assays, vaccines, anti-viral agents, adjuvants, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cancer treatment, and therapeutics for autoimmune disease.
Fish & Richardson, P.C., Menlo Park, CA
Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
Senior Research Scientist, Cardiovascular Medicine
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
Post-doctoral Fellow (Irvington Institute Fellowship)
University of California, San Francisco, CA
Post-doctoral Fellow (National Institutes of Health Fellowship)
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.