Patent Attorney with over 11 years of legal and design engineering experience. Work Background includes in-house and law firm experience counseling clients on a broad range of complex legal, business, and strategic issues.
Areas of Expertise
˜ Trade Secrets
˜ Contract Negotiations
˜ Dispute Resolution
˜ Compliance and Audits
Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC, Seattle, Washington 1999 – Present
PARTNER, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEY
Counsel clients regarding intellectual property rights, including prior art searching, portfolio analysis, rendering infringement and validity opinions. Negotiate and draft intellectual property license agreements, trademark applications, and patent applications. Litigate patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright matters before the International Trade Commission, state and federal courts. Represent clients in civil and criminal matters before the United States Customs Office. Represent clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.
Panasonic Mobile Communications, Ltd., Yokohama, Japan2006
On loan from Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC to serve as In-House Counsel to the Panasonic Intellectual Property Center Group. Counsel legal and business teams on product development, intellectual property licensing, strategic business development, prior art searching, portfolio analysis, litigation, license agreements, business strategies, intellectual property protection for Panasonic products and services on a worldwide basis.· Assisted in the business negotiations by structuring, drafting, negotiating and advising on a wide range of legal agreements including in the formation of joint ventures with NEC and Texas Instruments. Assisted in the drafting of responses regarding antitrust behavior in Europe and Japan. Managed outside counsel regarding litigation matters and licensing matters. Provided training to Panasonic employees regarding intellectual property protection and litigation issues.
Federal Aviation Administration, Renton, Washington1998-1999
AVIATION REGULATORY ATTORNEY
Promulgated Federal Aviation Regulations under the Administrative Procedures Act. Enforced regulatory actions relating to the production of aircraft. Provided legal representation and advice in litigation matters. Provided legal interpretations and opinions to Directorate Officials.
King County Deputy Prosecutor, Seattle, Washington1994-1998
DEPUTY CRIMINAL PROSECUTOR
Tried numerous felony criminal cases in King County Superior Court. Argued before the Washington State Court of Appeals. Advised police agencies regarding search warrants and other legal issues. Managed investigations, plea negotiations, and witness interviews.
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TECHNICAL WORK EXPERIENCE
The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington 1985-1995
SENIOR SPECIALIST ENGINEER
Developed computer modeling of Boeing 737 and 777 flight characteristics utilized in full?flight simulators. Instructed customers on Boeing airplane systems and developed Computer Based Training Software. Planned and conducted wind?tunnel and flight testing on a variety of Boeing commercial and military airplanes. Subject Matter Expert regarding hydraulic and flight control systems. Obtained United States Government Secret Clearance.
Seattle University School of Law. Tacoma, Washington
JURIS DOCTOR, cum laude (1995)
American Jurisprudence Book Award in Advanced Legal Writing
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
MASTER OF SCIENCE – Aeronautics and Astronautics (1990)
Emphasis in Modern Control Theory.
Joint Program with the Electrical Engineering Department
University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (1984)
Board Member of the Suzuki Education Resource Association; Served as General Counsel to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Served as Judge Pro Tem in King County District Courts; Provide Pro Bono Legal Representation for clients in various criminal and civil matters; Served on fund raising and planning committee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Washington State Bar; United States Patent and Trademark Office; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States District Court for the Western District of Washington; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington; Various United States District Courts, Pro Hac Vice.
AFFILIATIONS, AWARDS AND SERVICE
Instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA); Lecturer at the University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law; American Bar Association (member, Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections); American Trial Lawyers Association; Washington State Bar Association; Seattle-King County Bar Association; Washington State Trial Lawyers Association; Washington State Patent Law Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; Intellectual Property Owners Association; Washington Law & Politics “Rising Star”.