My primary responsibilities relate to developing responses to Office Actions based on detailed analysis of each client’s particular objective for their case. This involves clarifying claimed subject matter and distinguishing prior art references while demonstrating compliance with other statutory provisions.
I enjoy delving into new technologies every day. It’s also very rewarding to construct arguments that advance the clients’ interests while avoiding unnecessary language that could be used to limit the scope of inventions down the line. One of my main strengths is the ability to condense large amounts of complex technical information into compact legal arguments.
I believe it’s important to find balance in life. I try to keep an open mind to new ideas that can provide a fresh perspective on the world.
Patent law is a challenging legal landscape to navigate. My advantage is the insight gained from being a former patent examiner, which gives me first-hand knowledge of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office procedures.
Inventors don’t wait for inspiration. Thomas Edison said it best: “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.”
Anyone starting out in patent law should become well-acquainted with the Manual for Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). Most of the answers you need will be found in there, if you know where to look. Also, it’s important to be able to switch gears between analyzing a wide array of technologies, legal arguments, and procedural matters while maintaining a high degree of attention to detail.
I feel most satisfied when I’m able to express myself creatively (whether through music, snowboarding, or martial arts) in addition to contributing to the progression and protection of technical ideas.
My greatest success at Paratus is achieving a high allowance rate while keeping each client’s interests foremost in mind so that issued patents are enforceable and directed to the desired scope of protection. Even in cases with long prosecution histories, I’m able to provide critical analysis that expedites resolution of cases in a favorable manner for our clients.
- Juris Doctor, Washington & Lee University
- Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”)
- District of Columbia
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- French (Proficient)
- Spanish (Conversant)