I am a member at the BrownWinick law firm and co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. My objectives are simple and clear; continue doing well what I love to do, learn something new every day and use it to the benefit of someone else, and, above all, create a personal connection with each of my clients through technology and innovation.
My practice includes all facets of intellectual property including patent prosecution and litigation; trademark registration, prosecution and litigation; and copyright registration. Because most aspects of these areas of the law are federal or even international in nature, my clients range from individuals to large companies located regionally as well as across the globe.
In addition to traditional intellectual property, my practice involves engineering and negotiating international and domestic licenses and technology agreements, participating in due diligence and transfer activities relating to mergers and acquisitions and assisting clients in preparing private and public placement documents.
My approach is to get to know my client’s business goals and objectives, and then assist the client in crafting the value proposition and role that intellectual property is expected to play in reaching those objectives. Using the client’s business information and technical position, I provide expertise and tailor the services we deliver to relate to all facets of protecting, leveraging and increasing the value of the client’s domestic and international intellectual property. From patent, trademark and trade secret litigation to prosecution of trademarks and patent rights all over the world, I work with our clients to right-size their IP protection strategy. In short, I help clients envision and devise coherent strategies to protect their intellectual property portfolios without breaking the bank, and integrate these strategies with their business objectives. I advocate selective and purposeful protection of intellectual property to increase its value without over-investment by judiciously employing trade secret protection to amplify the client’s registered intellectual property rights. To that end, I often consult and design client trade secret protection plans, and audit intellectual property protection and development strategies for all stages of business — from start up to fully mature.
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I advocate for clients relative to all kinds of intellectual property, including arbitrating and litigating conflicts as necessary in various state and federal courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Each year I serve as a guest lecturer on Intellectual Property and Trademark Law at one or both of the University of Iowa — MBA Program located at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines and at Drake University. Teaching is my passion.
The Best Lawyers in America® has listed me in the areas of Copyright, Patent and Trademark Law and I was awarded Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” 2019 in the area of Trademark Law.
My education includes a B.A. in Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1985 where I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. I earned an M.A.T. in Teaching from the University of Iowa in 1987 and completed law school in two years in the accelerated program at The University of Iowa, obtaining a J.D., with high distinction, in 1998.
I was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1998. I am also admitted to practice in the Southern District of Iowa and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney.
- Patents: drafting and prosecuting patent applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and enforcing for individuals, small companies, and large companies via litigation including mechanical, chemical and software-centric inventions
- Trademarks: filing and prosecuting applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and internationally, managing international and domestic trademark portfolios for larger companies, and litigation for infringements
- Copyrights for small and large companies, with large or small portfolios pertaining to art, books, and other works of authorship
- AgTech, AgBiotech, Agricultural implements (farmer’s daughter)
- Start-Ups in a variety of service and product areas