Klarquist’s professional staff of attorneys and patent agents hail from diverse backgrounds, and have deep and broad legal and industry experience.
Green Technology & Renewable Energy
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):
Intellectual Property Counseling, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Outsourced "In-House" IP Counsel, Patents: Design, International and Utility, Startup & Emerging Businesses, Trademarks
Since 1994, Mr. Girard has specialized in planning, preparing, and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications. Mr. Girard’s practice also includes patent infringement and validity analysis, trademark work, and design patent applications. He has litigation, licensing, and counseling experience.
Mr. Girard has worked with clients in many different technology areas, including computer and information systems, manufacturing, medical devices, transportation, agriculture and wood products, and consumer products, with an emphasis on the mechanical and system aspects in these areas.
Systems engineer in the automotive industry.
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, 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
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
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
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)