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Fish & Richardson

April 28, 2016 15:45 ET

Fish & Richardson Adds 38 New Associates

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 28, 2016) - Fish & Richardson announced today the addition of 38 associates across the firm's 12 offices. Associates joining the Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Group include: Rachel Bandli (Twin Cities), Ashley Bolt (Atlanta), William B. Collier, Jr. (Dallas), Dr. Sarah Cork (Washington, D.C.), Andrew Goldberg (Silicon Valley), Jared Hartzman (Washington, D.C.), Lawrence Jarvis (Atlanta), Erin Leach (Washington, D.C.), April Sunyoung Park (Washington, D.C.), Liz Ranks (Boston), Dr. Grant Rice (Boston), Jeremy Saks (New York), Dr. Veronica Sandoval (Southern California), James Sebel (Boston), Jared Smith (Southern California), Maria Stiteler (Twin Cities), Ryan Teel (Washington, D.C.), Dr. Noorossadat Torabi (Silicon Valley), Holly Victorson (Silicon Valley), Dr. Karrie Wheatley (Houston), Nicole Williams (Southern California), and Sabrina Wilson (Atlanta).

Associates joining the Patent Group include Dr. Crystal Culhane (Southern California), Patrick Darno (Washington, D.C.), Craig A. Deutsch (Twin Cities), Brian J. Goldberg (Washington, D.C.), Moses A. Heyward (Boston), Christopher Hoff (Twin Cities), Dr. Annie King (Boston), Dr. Peng Lin (Boston), Dr. Cameron Luitjens (Twin Cities), Steven J. Petkovsek (Boston), Andrew Rejent (Boston), Dr. Thomas J. Styslinger (Twin Cities), and Scott Tobias (Austin).

Vivian Cheng (New York), John P. McCormick (Boston), and Michelle Parsons (Silicon Valley) have joined the Trademark and Copyright Group.

Rachel Bandli previously was a law clerk for the Honorable Wilhelmina Wright of the Minnesota Supreme Court. She also served as a law intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office and a judicial extern for the Honorable Eric Vitaliano of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Bandli received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 2014, where she was the formatting editor for Science & Technology Law Review, and her A.B., with honors, from Harvard University in 2011. She is admitted to practice in New York.

Ashley A. Bolt previously served as a legal extern at Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, and participated in the TI:GER Program, a multidisciplinary program focusing on the legal and business issues that arise during technology commercialization. Prior to her legal career, Bolt worked for a company developing rugged computing systems for the Department of Defense. She received her J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law in 2015, where she was an articles editor of the Emory Law Journal, and her B.S., summa cum laude, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in 2012. She is admitted to practice in Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Vivian Cheng focuses her practice on trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, and copyright litigation. Her experience also includes representing trademark owners in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as patent litigation in the chemical and life sciences fields. Prior to joining Fish she was an associate at another intellectual property law firm in New York. She also served as a legal extern at The Coca-Cola Company, and as a law clerk in the Internet Bureau of the New York Attorney General's Office. She received her J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law in 2014, where she was managing editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal and President of the Intellectual Property Society. She received her B.S. in Biology & Society from Cornell University in 2011. She is admitted to practice in New York and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

William B. Collier, Jr. previously worked as a systems engineer. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Baylor University in 2015, where he served as the senior technical editor of the Baylor Law Review, and his B.S. in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2011. He is admitted to practice in Texas and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas.

Dr. Sarah Cork previously was an associate at another intellectual property boutique in Washington, D.C., specializing in patent litigation and prosecution matters and interferences. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2014, where she was the editor-in-chief of Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Emory University in 2011, and her B.S., with distinction, in biology and biological anthropology and anatomy from Duke University in 2005. She is admitted to practice in Georgia, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Dr. Crystal Culhane focuses her practice on patent prosecution work in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, as well as patent litigation matters. Prior to joining Fish, she was an associate at a general practice law firm where she handled patent prosecution matters and also assisted in Hatch-Waxman litigation matters. She received her J.D., cum laude, from California Western School of Law in 2014, her Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 and her B.S. in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) in 2001. She is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Patrick Darno who focuses his practice on patent prosecution, previously was an associate at a general practice law firm where he handled both patent litigation and patent prosecution matters. He also worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his J.D. from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 2012 and his B.S. in computer engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2005. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Craig A. Deutsch focuses his practice on post-grant proceedings, patent prosecution, patent infringement and validity opinions, and patent portfolio development. Previously, he was IP counsel for 3M and a mechanical design engineer for Honeywell International. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 2011, where he was a managing editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology and his B.S.M.E., with high distinction, in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2008. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Andrew Goldberg previously worked as an extern for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a USPTO registered patent attorney. He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2015, where he was associate editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, his M.Eng. in electrical engineering from Boston University in 2013, and his B.A., cum laude, in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University in 2010. He is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Brian J. Goldberg's practice emphasizes client counseling in the areas of managing U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, patent portfolio development, patent infringement and validity opinions, patent due diligence, and post-grant patent procedures. Previously, he was an associate at a general practice law firm where he handled both patent litigation and patent matters. Prior to that, he was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 2011, where he was on the Research and Publications Committees of The Journal of Law, Economics, & Policy, and his B.S.E. in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering from Duke University in 2005. He is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Jared Hartzman is a registered patent agent by the USPTO. He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2015, where he was an editorial staff member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, and two B.A. degrees in science/technology studies and chemistry from Cornell University in 2012. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Moses A. Heyward advises clients on implementing strategies to protect their businesses, products, and investments through intellectual property rights with a focus on the mechanical and electromechanical arts. Previously, he worked as a mechanical engineer. He received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2009 and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Christopher Hoff focuses his practice on patents, including patent portfolio development and management, patent prosecution, and post-grant proceedings. He has extensive experience helping clients develop valuable IP around their technology in the U.S. and abroad, and defending and invalidating patents in post grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2008 and his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in computer science from Carleton College in 2002. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Lawrence Jarvis previously worked as a software engineer for Cisco Systems where he gained substantial technical experience developing software for networking applications and video codecs. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 2015, where he was executive online editor of the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, and his B.S., with high honors, in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. He is admitted to practice in Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Annie King focuses her practice on patent prosecution. She previously was an associate patent counsel at Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as well as a patent agent and technology specialist at a law firm in Boston. Her technical areas of expertise include organic, inorganic, and organometallic chemistry, pharmaceutical formulations, polymer, and industrial chemical processes. She received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2014, her Ph.D. in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010, and her B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in chemistry from Barnard College in 2005. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Erin Leach worked as a primary patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2015, where she was a member of the editorial staff of the University of Chicago Law Review, her M.S. in nuclear science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007, and her B.S. in physics from Spelman College in 2004. She is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Peng (Paul) Lin focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling, opinion work, due diligence studies, and patent portfolios development and management. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2014, his Ph.D. in human and statistical genetics from Washington University in 2011 where he was a Kauffman Fellow for Bio-entrepreneurship, and his B.S., with high honors, in biological science from Tsinghua University in 2006. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Cameron Luitjens focuses his practice on patent prosecution and client counseling in the areas of biotechnology, diagnostic screening platforms, therapeutics, and medical technology. He also advises clients on strategic issues such as patentability, invalidity, infringement, and freedom-to-operate. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2005, his Ph.D. in cellular & molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin in 2000, and his B.S., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in biology from the University of North Dakota in 1994. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

John P. McCormick focuses on trademark portfolio development and management, as well as the clearance, prosecution, and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights in the U.S. and internationally. He was the trademark fellow at General Electric prior to joining Fish. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2014, where he was executive editor of the University of New Hampshire Law Review, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Alpha Theta, from St. Michael's College in 2011. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

April Sunyoung Park served as a research intern for the Korean Naval Embassy prior to joining Fish. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2015 and both a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia in 2011. She is admitted to practice in New York.

Michelle Oberfell Parsons specializes in trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement, technology and social media issues, entertainment law, and IP litigation. Prior to her legal career, she was a software programmer. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2011, where she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Margaret A. Nagle of the U.S. District Court for the Central District, a Production Editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, and a delegate on the Inter-American Human Rights Court, and her B.S., with honors, in Information Systems and Decision Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2000. She is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Steven J. Petkovsek focuses his practice on patent prosecution and patent litigation primarily in software, semiconductor devices, medical devices, signal processing, mechanical devices, and networks. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2015 and his B.S., Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Pi Sigma, Eta Sigma Phi, in electrical engineering, physics from Trinity College in 2012. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.

Liz Ranks previously spent a semester as a law clerk for the Honorable William G. Young of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. Prior to her legal career, Ranks provided technical support for a medical device manufacturer and she worked at the Jackson Laboratory. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2015, where she was a managing editor of IDEA: The Intellectual Property Review, and her B.S. in biological chemistry from the University of New Hampshire in 2004. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Andrew Rejent focuses on patent prosecution in the mechanical, electromechanical, and software arts. He has experience with a wide spectrum of technologies, including medical devices, aerospace systems, and fluid mechanics. Prior to his legal career, he studied jet engine acoustics at the University of Cincinnati's Gas Dynamics and Propulsion Laboratory. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2012, where he was editor in chief of the Intellectual Property Law & Technology Forum, his M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2009, and his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland in 2007. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Grant Rice previously gained experience in patent litigation and prosecution at another intellectual property firm. He received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2015, his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012, and his B.A., cum laude, in chemistry from Boston University in 2006. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Jeremy Saks represents clients in patent litigation with a focus in pharmaceuticals, life sciences, chemical compositions, and mechanical devices. Prior to joining Fish, he worked at a small intellectual property boutique law firm and as a certified legal intern in the Patent Office's Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program. He also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2014, where he was executive notes editor of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law and the president of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. He received his M.S. (2014) and B.A. (2011), cum laude, in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. He is admitted to practice in New York and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Dr. Veronica Sandoval previously served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Charles K. Wiggins of the Washington Supreme Court and as an extern at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to her legal career, Dr. Sandoval was s a medical liaison for two different pharmaceutical companies and an adjunct professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law in 2013, her Ph.D. in pharmacology & toxicology from the University of Utah in 2002, and her B.S. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California in 1997.

James Sebel worked at the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic, which assisted technology companies in developing licensing agreements, during law school. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2015, where he was executive editor of the Journal of Law & Technology, and his B.A. magna cum laude, Sigma Pi Sigma, in physics and English from Emory University in 2011. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.

Jared Smith previously was a senior systems engineer on classified projects for Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 2015, where he was staff editor of the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal, his M.S. in systems architecture and engineering from the University of Southern California, and both a B.S., magna cum laude, in industrial and systems engineering and a B.A., magna cum laude, in liberal arts from the University of San Diego. He is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Maria Stiteler previously served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Kimberly Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for the Honorable S. James Otero of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2013, where she was on the staff of the Stanford Law Review, and her B.S., Eta Kappa Nu, in electrical engineering and computer science and aerospace engineering in 2004 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is admitted to practice in California.

Dr. Thomas J. Styslinger's practice areas include pharmaceuticals, polymer chemistry, organometallic chemistry, oil and gas field services, and fuel cell technology. He received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2014, where he was a founding member of the Cincinnati Intellectual Property and Computer Law Journal. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Ohio State University in 2011, and his B.S. in chemistry and biological sciences from North Carolina State University in 2007. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota.

Ryan Teel previously served as an intern for the Honorable Michelle C. Childs of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015 where he was a contributing editor of the Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review, and his B.S., summa cum laude, Tau Beta Pi, in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2012. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to joining Fish, Scott Tobias was an associate at Darby & Darby and at Lee & Hayes. With a practice that focuses on patent prosecution, litigation, and counseling, Tobias brings experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications primarily in computer software and computer hardware technology areas. He received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2008, his M.A. in physics from Washington University in 1994, and B.A.s, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in physics and mathematics from Boston University in 1992. He is admitted to practice in Washington and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Noorossadat Torabi received her J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law in 2015, where she served as the competition advocacy editor of the Moot Court Board. She received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University, and both her M.S. and B.S. in biotechnology from the University of Tehran in 2007. She is admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to joining Fish, Holly Victorson served for six years as a software and systems engineer and as the director of the Office of Research and Technology Applications at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015, where she was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, and her B.S., summa cum laude, in computer engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2006. She is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Karrie Wheatley previously served as a legal intern to the Honorable Gray H. Miller in the U.S. District for the Southern District of Texas. She received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2015, her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences (2010), and her B.A. (1999) from the University of Texas at Austin. Before entering law school, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she tested novel kinase targets for the treatment of breast cancer.

Nicole Williams focuses her practice on patent litigation and has experience with various technologies, including DNA sequencing and stem cell technology. Previously, she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Williams received her J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 2013, where she was the Supervising Note and Comment Editor for the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, and her B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. She is admitted to practice in California and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California.

Sabrina Wilson previously served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and taught nuclear physics and reactor principles at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command's Nuclear Power School. She participated in the nationally recognized Georgia Institute of Technology TI:GER program, which focuses on the economic, regulatory, and legal issues affecting the commercialization of emergent technologies. She received her J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif, from Emory University School of Law in 2015, where she was the Notes and Comments Editor of the Emory Law Journal, and her B.S., summa cum laude, in physics from Murray State University in 1994. She is admitted to practice in Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Fish & Richardson is a global patent, intellectual property (IP) litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists across the U.S. and Europe. Fish has been named the #1 patent litigation firm in the U.S. for 12 consecutive years and is one of the busiest post-grant firms, representing more petitioners at the PTAB than any other firm. Fish has been winning cases worth billions in controversy -- often by making new law -- for the most innovative clients and influential industry leaders since 1878. For more information, visit www.fr.com.

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