Klarquist’s professional staff of attorneys and patent agents hail from diverse backgrounds, and have deep and broad legal and industry experience.
Life Sciences & Biotechnology
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
Patents: International and Utility
Dr. Connolly prepares and prosecutes U.S., international, and foreign patent applications. Dr. Connolly also performs prior art searches and assists in the preparation of patentability opinions.
Dr. Connolly’s expertise includes many areas of biotechnology, including virology, immunology, vaccines, oncology, monoclonal antibodies, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, gene therapy, RNA interference, and antisense technology.
Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Senior Patent Agent | 2003 – 2007
Responsibilities included managing patent portfolios in the field of antisense technology and preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications.
Fish and Richardson, P.C.
Patent Agent | 2003
Practice emphasized patent prosecution in biotechnology, including gene therapy, molecular biology, biochemistry, virology, immunology, and medical devices.
Heller Ehrman White and McAuliffe, LLP
Scientific Advisor/Patent Agent | 2002 – 2003
Practice emphasized patent prosecution in biotechnology, including gene therapy, molecular biology, biochemistry, virology, immunology, and medical devices.
The Scripps Research Institute
Research Associate | 2001 – 2002
Studies focused on the interaction of adenovirus with cellular factors involved in the host innate immune response in order to better design an adenoviral gene therapy vector.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Research Fellow | 1996 – 2001
Research focused on elucidating the mechanisms by which double-stranded RNA viruses induce cell death and identifying viral and cellular components that result in viral pathogenesis in host organisms.
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, 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.
Litigation, Trade Secrets
Mr. Hamm’s practice focuses on a wide variety of intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, and licensing disputes. He frequently leads litigation teams, and he has experience in all phases of litigation and in numerous technologies, including software, hardware, e-commerce, semiconductor, mechanical, and pharmaceutical. His clients range from the world’s most successful technology companies to startups. Mr. Hamm represents clients in federal courts across the country, particularly up and down the West Coast, in Texas, and in Delaware.
Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Mr. Hamm was an associate at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco. Before attending law school, Mr. Hamm worked for three years as a newspaper reporter for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire.
Law clerk to the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Francisco, CA, 2001 – 2002.
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
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, 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
Domain Disputes, Intellectual Property Counseling, Patents: Design, International and Utility
Mr. Maurer’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of computer-related and bioinformatics patent applications, open source software, and intellectual property counseling.
Mr. Maurer’s experience includes a wide range of software development, big data, user interface, bioinformatics, and telecommunications technologies, including complex algorithms and numerous programming languages, such as assembly, C++, LISP, Java and various visual and object-oriented languages.
Five years professional computer science experience, with particular emphasis on system integration and software development. Senior Systems Analyst, 1991 – 1993.
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, 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.