We Are Patent Capital Group

Our aim is to understand our clients’ business and resolve their problems.

About

The Patent Capital Group specializes in providing high quality Patent Prosecution, IP Transactional Work, IP Due Diligence, Portfolio Management, Patent Mining, Trademark Prosecution, and IP Litigation Support. We endeavor to secure our clients’ Intellectual Property rights to provide them with sustainable competitive advantages in the marketplace.

Top Professionals

Our big-firm-trained professionals are credentialed, hands-on, and experienced. Perhaps equally important, our predictable cost structure offers significant advantages over typical big firm billing. Current legal trends reveal that sophisticated in-house counsel increasingly choose small high-quality law firms over bigger firms with excessive overhead and inflated billing rates.

Strong Team.  Passionate Individuals.

  • Bonnie Boyle
  • Pat Bradford
  • Roseanne Cisneros de Chairez
  • Sean Crandall
  • Leslie Dalglish
  • Rachel Davis
  • Brian Epstein
  • Thomas Frame
  • Pierre Fuller
  • Shirley Fung
  • Della Gonzales
  • Annika Imbrie
  • Kyle Komenda
  • Mike Maddox
  • Joni MeGuire
  • Ryan Morton
  • John Pemberton
  • Donna Roark
  • Brandi Sarfatis
  • Manjula Variyam
  • Julia Vierzen

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  • “We believe service still matters.”

  • “To us, nothing is more important than a client.”

  • “We give you more reasons to work with us.”

  • “We care about what is important to you.”

  • “We remove the hassles to make your life easier.”

  • “We work hard to make sure you remember us.”

Our Service

Our quality standards apply also in terms of service, technical expertise and advice. We are happy to assist you with know-how and experience in your daily business.

Patent Procurement

The patent prosecution process is complicated. We bring the extensive experience you need to navigate the patent prosecution process and predictable costs at each stage of the process.

Patent Counseling

Intellectual assets are our clients’ most valuable commodities. We actively partner with our clients to provide straightforward and business-savvy advice to guide them in making key decisions for their business.

IP Due Diligence & Transactions

A company’s value is greatly enhanced by the company’s IP.  We have expertise in successfully evaluate and resolve issues commonly found in mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, divestures, and technology transactions. 

Trademarks

Trademark portfolios should be lean and efficient.  We work with our clients to develop a cost-effective Trademark portfolio, outlining budgeted maintenance fees and practical enforcement strategies. 

Licensing

Intellectual property is the most valuable asset.  We provide sophisticated and careful approaches for our clients in realizing and extracting value from their innovation and patent portfolios.

Patent Litigation

Litigation requires battle-tested patent professionals.  We are entrusted by the some of the world’s best-known companies in some of the highest stakes and most-publicized patent cases. 

Our Team

We are full of energy, creative, and ready to tackle any challenge.

Annika Imbrie

PATENT ATTORNEY

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein

ABOUT

Annika Imbrie helps strategically develop and manage intellectual property portfolios in a wide variety of technologies including medical devices, software, telecommunications, Internet
applications, electronics, satellite positioning systems, speech and voice technologies, and consumer goods.

Annika has experience in preparing and prosecuting both utility and design patent applications, conducting patent validity and infringement analyses, and analyzing intellectual property for
corporate transactions, venture capital financings and settlements.

In addition to her patent prosecution-related work, Annika has patent litigation experience, including drafting motions in patent validity, patent infringement and patent licensing cases. Annika
has also advised clients on trademark-related matters, from trademark applications to protecting established trademarks from potential infringers.

Annika’s graduate work at MIT included research on speech technology and acoustics. While at Cornell, Annika worked on image processing techniques for autoradiograph analysis, and neural networks for electrocardiogram classification. She also completed an engineering internship at Hewlett-Packard where she helped develop embedded system firmware for a network analyzer. During her academic career, Annika completed core coursework at Harvard Medical School as well as speech and hearing internships at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital.

EDUCATION

JD, Duke University School of Law
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Health Sciences and Technology
SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
BS, Cornell University, Computer Science


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


LANGUAGES

German
Swedish


Bonnie Boyle

SENIOR IP PARALEGAL

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Anonymous.

ABOUT

Bonnie has over 28 years of experience in the legal industry including the last ten years focused on intellectual property. Bonnie has been trained and worked in some of the most respected patent practice groups in the country and has experience in all aspects of United State patent preparation and prosecution. Bonnie specializes in docketing management and has been consistently recognized for the great pride she takes in the quality of her work product.

EDUCATION

Katheryn Gibbs Secretarial School, Legal Certification

Brandi Sarfatis

PATENT ATTORNEY

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.  - C. S. Lewis.

ABOUT

Brandi Sarfatis specializes in intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, and in developing intellectual property strategies for protecting and commercializing technology.

Her technical areas of expertise include telecommunications, computer hardware and software, semiconductor processing, circuit design, and electronics.

As an expert in the procurement of domestic and foreign patents, Brandi has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of original United States patent applications covering inventions in a variety of technological fields. Additionally, Brandi has experience counseling clients regarding patent validity, infringement, and development of non-infringing alternatives to patented technology, as well as developing strategies for obtaining, enforcing, and defending intellectual property rights.

In 2007, Brandi was named a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly magazine.

EDUCATION

JD, Vanderbilt University
BS, University of Kentucky, Electrical Engineering


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


HOBBIES

Yoga
Travel
Reading

Brian Epstein

PATENT ATTORNEY

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.  - Steve Prefontaine.

ABOUT

Brian Epstein is a registered patent attorney particularly skilled at enhancing U.S. patent portfolios of foreign companies in such varied fields and technologies and information technology, analog and digital circuit design, semiconductor fabrication, communications, imaging, and medical devices.

Brian regularly conducts in-person interviews with Patent Examiners at the USPTO to achieve swift and satisfying results for his clients. He has spent his career practicing in some of the most sophisticated and respected IP practice groups.

Brian’s practice involves all aspects of patent prosecution and procurement. He has prosecuted numerous standards cases, participated in group-prosecution initiatives, performed targeting analyses, and has experience in appeal and pre-appeal procedures.

Prior to his career in law, Brian worked for Texas Instruments in communications integrated circuit design. He also worked for Motorola, Inc. in the Consumer Products Division, in software development, hardware testing, and manufacturing support roles.

During graduate school, Brian worked for GatorNest, assisting in the marketing of innovative technologies. His research on a vagal nerve stimulator took advantage of the facilities at Shands at the University of Florida and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. He also taught analog and digital circuit design. Additionally, during his undergraduate career, Brian researched micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and constructed a CD-ROM attachment for a cartridge-based video game system.

EDUCATION

JD, George Washington University
MS, University of Florida, Management
MS, University of Florida, Electrical Engineering
BS, University of Florida, Electrical Engineering, with honors


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Virginia
U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office

Della Gonzales

SENIOR IP PARALEGAL

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them. – Alfred North Whitehead.

ABOUT

Della has over 15 years of experience with the legal industry, having been a valued team member in some of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated IP practices. Della has experience assisting in all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution. She also has experience assisting attorneys in patent litigation cases and IP transactions.

EDUCATION

BA, Political Science, University of New Orleans, Phi Beta Kappa
BA, Philosophy, University of New Orleans
Paralegal Studies Diploma, University of New Orleans

Donna Roark

SENIOR IP PARALEGAL

Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act. – Bob Dylan

ABOUT

Donna has over twenty years of legal experience at major IP law firms in the Southwest United States. Donna has expertise in filing, prosecuting, and maintaining domestic and foreign patent applications. Her diligent nature is well suited to her responsibilities associated with preparing information disclosure statements, drafting amendments, responses, and foreign patent counsel. As a docketing specialist, Donna also oversees the docketing of deadlines for patent applications. She systematically monitors the status of all pending and issued patents.

EDUCATION

BA, University of North Texas, Radio, Television and Film


HOBBIES

Photography
Writing
Film Festivals

John Pemberton

PATENT ATTORNEY

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”   - Henry Ford.

ABOUT

John Pemberton brings over a decade of rich experience advising and assisting clients in all phases of patent preparation and prosecution. John has represented diverse clients before the United States Patent Office and has experience working in large international law firms as well as in-house legal departments.

John’s practice extends beyond domestic patent prosecution before foreign patent offices. He also has experience in other areas of intellectual property, including copyright and trademarks.

EDUCATION

JD, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, cum laude (now Texas A&M University School of Law)
BS, University of Texas at Arlington, Electrical Engineering, cum laude
BS, McMurry University, Chemistry


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
U. S. Patent and Trademark Office

Joni MeGuire

SENIOR IP PARALEGAL

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. — E. E. Cummings

ABOUT

Joni MeGuire has over 25 years of experience in the legal industry. Naturally drawn to the intellectual property field, Joni has spent the past 18 years providing top-notch service in IP departments of some of the nation’s most prestigious boutique and international law firms.

Joni has experience in all phases of U.S. patent prosecution, as well as extensive experience providing assistance in trademark and IP litigation matters.

EDUCATION

Legal Assistant Certificate
Southern Methodist University

Julia Vierzen

SENIOR IP PARALEGAL

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein.

ABOUT

Julia has over 15 years of experience as an intellectual property paralegal in the Northeast, including over 12 years as a patent foreign filing paralegal. Julia has a wealth of knowledge of foreign filing practices in many jurisdictions around the world. Julia has expertise in filing and prosecuting foreign patent applications, as well as maintaining foreign patents.

EDUCATION

MS, The Robert Gordon University, Library and Information Studies
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma, The Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, International Trade and Business Law
BA, University of Vermont

Kyle Komenda

PATENT ATTORNEY

The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs … one step at a time. – Joe Girard.

ABOUT

Kyle Komenda is a registered patent attorney with experience in all aspects of patent prosecution, patent litigation, and IP due diligence. In addition to his expertise assisting clients in patent matters, Kyle has experience counseling, securing, and enforcing trademark rights for his clients.

Diverse clients, from multi-national Fortune 100 companies to venture-funded start-ups and sole proprietorships, have relied on Kyle to secure patent rights toward their most important products and services. Consumers of some of the world’s most well-known websites, enterprise software systems, search engines (and even doughnuts) are sure to have encountered some of the products and services protected by patent rights Kyle has helped to secure.

In addition to his expertise in software, communications, and internet-related patents, Kyle has broad experience securing IP rights in a diverse array of technologies, including medical devices, alternative energy, aerospace, food packaging, oil and gas, semiconductor, and power generation technologies.

Kyle draws heavily from his broad experience in complex patent litigation to draft and prosecute patents primed for the ruthless scrutiny of litigation and due diligence analyses. Before joining PCG, Kyle worked as an attorney in one of the world’s most-active and respected patent litigation practices and gained invaluable experience representing clients in high-stakes and high-profile patent litigations, including multiple jury trials.

Prior to his career in law, Kyle gained valuable engineering experience working for such companies as Intel and Honeywell, assisting in the development of aerospace power systems and controls, semiconductor fabrication and tooling, renewable power sources, and industrial testing systems.

During the last decade, Kyle has also volunteered his time toward a number of Pro Bono Cases and causes. Most recently, Kyle has successfully provided pro bono representation to disabled American military veterans, representing forgotten heroes in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

In his personal life, Kyle enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and four beautiful children. He volunteers time in his church and as a boy scout leader, while still making time to imperil his joints in local basketball and volleyball leagues.

EDUCATION

JD, University of Virginia
BSE, Arizona State University, Electrical Engineering, cum laude


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


LANGUAGES

German


HOBBIES

Competitive Volleyball
Cooking

Leslie Dalglish

PATENT ATTORNEY

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain.

ABOUT

With over 10 years of experience practicing in all aspects of intellectual property law, Leslie Dalglish brings a wealth of expertise to PCG having worked in some of the most-respected intellectual property departments, including lengthy experience in one of the nation’s largest and most respected IP-centered law firms and experience working within in-house legal departments.

Prior to her distinguished career in law, Leslie spent several years as an engineer and project leader implementing cutting-edge software systems for Electronic Data Systems.

Leslie’s practice encompasses all aspects of patent prosecution and procurement, including the preparation and prosecution of new and pending patent applications, patentability opinions, infringement opinions, and validity opinions. Leslie has prosecuted patents in a variety of technological fields including simple to complex mechanical devices, medical devices, electrical components, and software. She also has experience assisting and advising clients in IP licensing matters.

Enhancing her patent prosecution expertise is Leslie’s extensive experience in intellectual property litigation, having worked and assisted with all aspects of litigation discovery, motion and brief preparation, alternative dispute resolution, and witness preparation.

Leslie keely appreciates the challenges and needs of in-house legal departments, having previously served as a liaison to the legal department of a corporate client. She has assisted with the management of patent portfolios and evaluation patentability, infringement, and validity issues related to product development, as well as existing patents and products.

In her spare time, Ms. Dalglish serves on the board of her local elementary school’s Parent Teacher Association.

EDUCATION

JD, University of Minnesota, cum laude
BE, Vanderbilt University, Electrical Engineering & Math, cum laude


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Minnesota
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Manjula Variyam

PATENT ATTORNEY

Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison.

ABOUT

Manjula Variyam brings a unique blend of entrepreneurial and big law firm expereince in the servicing of her clients’ intellectual property needs. Manjula has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in an array of technologies, including software, cloud computing, communication networks, oil and gas, turbines, and even hobby crafts. Manjula also has experience conducting patent searches and preparing patentability reports, as well as developing patent licensing strategies for her clients.

In addition to her experience in patent law. Manjula has experience advising start-up clients regarding their wider intellectual property strategy, including trademarks and IP licensing.

Before her legal career, Manjula worked as an engineer with Texas Instruments and is the listed inventor on five United States patents.

In her spare time, Manjula continues to pursue her lifelong passion for art. She is, herself, an avid portrait artist.

EDUCATION

JD, Southern Methodist University, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
MS, Georgia Tech, Mechanical Engineering
BTech, Indian Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
U. S. Patent and Trademark Office

Mike Maddox

PATENT ATTORNEY

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Anonymous.

ABOUT

Mike Maddox has over a decade of experience as a registered patent practitioner within large and boutique law firms, in-house legal departments, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mike started his patent career as a U.S. Patent Examiner in the digital communications examination group and has referenced this experience at the Patent Office again and again in his practice. As a Patent Examiner, he determined the patentabilty of inventions in such technology areas as spread spectrum communication, multiplex and cellular communication, modems, modulation and coding methods, and others.

Mike has assisted a variety of clients in their patent procurement and prosecution efforts, including the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications in the U.S. Patent Office as well as post-issuance procedures, including reexaminations. He has also performed research and analysis of patents and products in support of his clients’ licensing and litigation matters.

With bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering, Mike contributes valuable technical expertise to clients’ projects and has experience in such areas as telecommunications, software, image scanners, internet, semiconductors, signal processing, electromagnet engineering, medical devices, thermoelectric devices, spray nozzle systems, and combustion engines.

Mike is an active member of several bar associations and organizations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, and Texas Aggie Bar Association.

EDUCATION

JD, Southern Methodist University, cum laude
MS, Texas A&M University, Electrical Engineering
BS, Texas A&M University, Electrical Engineering


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


HOBBIES

Learning Guitar
Home Improvement

Pat Bradford

SENIOR IP PARALEGAL

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13.

ABOUT

Pat Bradford in an intellectual property paralegal with over 24 years of experience in all phases of United State and foreign patent prosecution. In this capacity, she provides assistance to attorneys in the preparation and filing of United States and foreign patent applications, formal documents, information disclosure statements, various amendments and responses, and petitions, as well as ensuring that issued patents are properly maintained. She corresponds with foreign associates regarding patent application filings and formalities and monitors and coordinates the payment of foreign patent annuities with client, annuity services and foreign associates.

As a docket manager, Pat oversees the docketing of all deadlines for patents, including incoming and outgoing correspondence with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and with foreign associates. She monitors the status of all pending and issued patents.

As a billing manager, Pat monitors and processes billing transactions between the client and firm.

Pat is an active member of her church and several painting chapters. She attends various painting conventions throughout the year and volunteers often for different programs.

EDUCATION

BBA, University of Texas at Arlington
AS, Mountain View College
Executive Secretarial School


Hobbies

Painting

Pierre Fuller

PATENT AGENT

It always seems impossible until it’s done. - Nelson Mandela

About

Pierre Fuller has experience in a range of technical fields, both as engineer and as a patent practitioner. He began his legal career by training and practicing in the IP department of one of the nation’s most respected law firms.

Pierre has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in technologies including computer software and hardware, signals processing, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), medical devices, and mechanical equipment. In addition to patent prosecution, his experience includes infringement investigations, freedom-to-operate analysis, patentability searches, and IP due diligence.

Prior to patent law, Pierre studied and conducted research in aspects of computer science, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and architecture. His graduate research focused on developing indoor navigation systems for individuals with physical disabilities. Specifically, Pierre developed algorithms to map the indoor geometry and topology of public transportation buildings using sensor data from mobile phones.

EDUCATION

MS, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, Civil Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, magna cum Laude
BS, Architecture, Lawrence Technological University, magna cum Laude


ADMISSIONS

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


HOBBIES

Photography

Rachel Davis

PATENT ATTORNEY

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill.

ABOUT

Rachel Davis is a registered patent attorney with years of experience assisting clients with all aspects of intellectual property protection and counseling.  Rachel began her career in one of the nation’s most respected patent practice groups and has experience in an array of high technology fields including semiconductor devices and manufacturing, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, electronic circuits, information technology systems and methodology, and medical devices.

Rachel specializes in the procurement of domestic and foreign patents.  She has prepared and prosecuted well over a hundred original United States patent applications.  Her experience further includes performing validity and infringement investigations and preparing related opinion letters, preparing patent reexamination requests, providing litigation support in various intellectual property matters, and evaluating patent acquisition opportunities.

During her undergraduate physics studies, Rachel worked as a research assistant studying temperature dependent photoluminescence of semiconductor materials, and she was designated a Carr Research Fellow for research entitled “Temperature Dependent Photoluminescence of a Strained InGaAs/GaAs Quantum Well Grown Along a Novel Direction.”

EDUCATION

JD, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Law Review, cum laude (now Texas A&M University School of Law)
BS, Angelo State University, Applied Physics, summa cum laude


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Roseanne Cisneros de Chairez

SENIOR IP PARALEGAL

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn.

ABOUT

Roseanne has over thirty years of experience in the legal industry including all phases of domestic, international, and foreign patent prosecution.  In addition, she has experience assisting in all phases of patent litigation, including successful work experience in some of the nation’s largest and most respected IP practices.  She assists attorneys in the preparation and filing of utility and design applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and also with the preparation and filing of PCT International Applications.  Additionally, Roseanne handles requesting foreign filing licenses by corresponding with foreign associate firms and coordinates the documents and the information necessary to assist with the filing formalities of foreign applications.  She also handles the international and foreign docket.  Further, she coordinates requesting certified copies of file histories and/or certified Assignments from the USPTO.  She is also responsible for handling after-allowance activity and issued patents.

Roseanne currently serves as the Firm Administrator.

EDUCATION

PLS re-Certification
NALS Legal Training Courses
IPParalegals™ Institute


HOBBIES

Running
Traveling
Experiencing new places

Ryan Morton

PATENT ATTORNEY

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.  - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

ABOUT

Ryan Morton is a registered patent attorney with in-depth hardware and software experience, developed both in his patent pratice and former career as an engineer. Ryan has trained an practiced in some of the world’s most respected intellectual property departments further enhancing the talented team at “PCG” and providing top-notch service to his clients.

Ryan has experience in all aspects of patent preparation and prosecution, including experience in a variety of hardware and software related technologies such as analog and digital signal processing, control systems, and business methods. Ryan also has experience providing support in patent litigation cases including invalidity analysis, prosecution history analysis, prior art analysis, and discovery.

Ryan is an experienced technologist with work experience in companies such as L-3 Communications. During his engineering career, Ryan was involved in the research, design, and development of innovative solutions including embedded computing and wireless communication system solutions. His clients recognize this expertise as well as his ability to quickly understand their technologies.

EDUCATION

JD, University of Texas
MSEE, Oklahoma State University, Electrical Engineering
BSEE, Oklahoma State University, Electrical Engineering


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Sean Crandall

PATENT ATTORNEY

He who lives only unto himself withers and dies, while he who forgets himself in the service of others grows and blossoms.”  - Gordon B. Hinckley.

ABOUT

Sean Crandall is a registered patent attorney with experience in some of our nation’s largest legal practices. Sean’s practice involves all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and licensing.

Before entering the legal profession, Sean gained valuable technical experience working as an engineer for seven years with a major U.S. defense contractor and completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis in computer engineering. His technical expertise and experience includes:

  • - Software design and development (including C, C++, LabVIEW, Pascal, FORTRAN and Gensym G2)
  • - Design and troubleshooting of hardware interfaces
  • - Modeling and simulation of complex systems
  • - Design and analysis of digital systems (including Verilog HDL)
  • - Computer architecture (subsystem level to logic level)
  • - Integration of analog and digital electronics
  • - Parts and materials engineering (selection, qualification, testing and sustainment) for high-reliability radiation-hardened systems

Sean is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Sean was named a San Antonio “Rising Star” by Scene in S.A. Monthly (2009).

EDUCATION

JD, Baylor University, Law Review
BSEE, University of Texas at San Antonio, Electrical Engineering


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


LANGUAGES

Korean

Shirley Fung

PATENT AGENT

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. – Albert Einstein.

About

Shirley Fung is a registered patent agent with years of experience within the patent departments of the world’s most respected law firms.

As a patent agent, Shirley’s experience encompasses preparing and prosecuting U.S. patent applications, managing patent applications in other jurisdictions including in Europe and Asia, counseling on patentability, invalidity, and freedom to operate matters, advising on general corporate matters, assisting with technology transfer agreements, participating in numerous Oral Proceedings in front of the Examining Division at the European Patent Office, preparing written submissions to Opposition proceedings at the European Patent Office, and providing technical assistance to high profile patent litigation.

Shirley possesses technical expertise in artificial intelligence, signals processing, digital systems, and semiconductor devices.

EDUCATION

MEng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


ADMISSIONS

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


LANGUAGES

Chinese (Cantonese)
Dutch
French
Japanese

Thomas Frame

PATENT ATTORNEY

Everything is hard…before it is easy. – Wolfgang von Goethe

About

Thomas Frame has broad experience in patent prosecution, patent litigation, patent licensing, and patent enforcement actions. He also has extensive IP transactional experience, as he has frequently coordinated corporate transactions involving technology transfers, software licenses, and intellectual property rights generally.

With broad expertise in a number of areas, Thomas provides strategic counsel to clients developing innovative computer software, semiconductor devices, optical systems, data networks wireless infrastructure, business methods, transmission systems, medical devices, graphics processors, military and commercial aircraft, automated industrial equipment, and many other technologies.

On behalf of several clients, Thomas has helped develop and monitor comprehensive intellectual property protection programs. These programs have allowed organizations of all sizes to identify, protect, exploit, and enforce their intellectual property rights.

After fulfilling undergraduate requirements at Penn State, Thomas continued his education at the university in researching and evaluating telecommunications architectures, designing antenna structures, and studying microwave electronics.

Thomas also gained valuable experience working at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) before and during law school.

Over the past decade, Thomas has also volunteered his time in numerous Pro Bono cases.

EDUCATION

JD, Georgetown University
MS, Penn State, Electrical Engineering
BS, Penn State, Electrical Engineering


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


HOBBIES

Running


FAVORITE QUOTES

And when you want something bad enough…all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho.

A ship in port is safe but that is not what ships are for. - Grace Murray Hopper.

Fatigue dominates the lives of those who are living without direction and dreams. – Robin Sharma.

He that conquereth his own soul is greater than he who taketh a city. – Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The pain that’s created by avoiding hard work is actually much worse than any pain created from the actual work itself. – Russell Simmons.

What is to give light…must endure burning. – Viktor Frankl.

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  • “We care about what is important to you.”

  • “We remove the hassles to make your life easier.”

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