Klarquist’s professional staff of attorneys and patent agents hail from diverse backgrounds, and have deep and broad legal and industry experience.
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
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, 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
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, 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, 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
Mr. Meier’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. His practice also includes client counseling and analysis regarding licensing and patentability, patent infringement, and invalidity.
Mr. Meier has extensive industry experience developing computer architectures and integrated circuit designs for applications including embedded and reconfigurable computers, networking, storage, and liquid crystal display technologies. His technical expertise focuses on computer hardware-, software-, and electrical engineering-related technologies. He also has experience prosecuting patents in the mechanical, optical, and business method arts.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Meier worked as a computer hardware engineer at various large companies and start-ups including: Hewlett-Packard Company, STMicroeletronics, StarGen Inc., and Ambric Inc. He worked at Rockwell International, Cyrix Corporation, and Microsoft Research as an intern. Mr. Meier also held research and teaching assistant positions at the University of Washington and the University of Colorado. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Meier worked as a law clerk at Mentor Graphics Corporation, Stoel Rives LLP, and Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle LLP.
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
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.
Intellectual Property Counseling, Patents, Litigation, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings, Startups & Emerging Businesses
Mr. Wilson focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical engineering and computer science fields. His practice also includes prosecuting and defending patent post-grant review proceedings, assisting with domestic and foreign patent litigation (including infringement and invalidity analysis and discovery), and counseling clients regarding patent infringement and validity.
Mr. Wilson has eleven years of experience developing electronic design automation (EDA) software tools and related methodologies for high performance integrated circuit designs. His technical expertise spans a number of fields in the electrical engineering and computer science disciplines, including VLSI design, analog and digital circuits, semiconductors, signal processing, power and control systems, computer graphics, and software engineering. Mr. Wilson also has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the mechanical, nanotechnology, and business method arts.
Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR | 1995 – 2007
While at Intel, Mr. Wilson developed design and verification EDA tools for leading-edge deep submicron designs, including the Intel Pentium® II, Pentium® 4, and Core™ i7 microprocessors. In addition, Mr. Wilson managed a team of design automation engineers, and served as an invention disclosure reviewer for the Intel Legal Software IP committee.
Carnegie Mellon Research Institute, Pittsburgh, PA | 1993 – 1994
Mr. Wilson designed, built, and tested wired and wireless industrial control and solid state gas sensor prototypes.