The two things I enjoy most about working with startup clients are the energy they bring to their companies and the smart, enlightened questions they always . By prioritizing their needs, we provide entrepreneurs with mission-critical advice that allows them to sleep at night and bring back that passion and upbeat attitude again the next day.
Representative Experience: For a venture capital client, we conducted the IP regarding a class of chemical compounds for a company acquisition. This analysis included confirming the inventory of issued patents and pending applications in the US and non-US countries, confirming ownership of this IP and the maintenance fee payment status of the issued patents, determining the coverage of the claims for the lead pre-clinical candidate compounds and the methods of use for the expected indications, and finally, assessing the freedom-to-operate for the lead compounds. For a startup client, we conducted an IP assessment of a large patent portfolio that they considered in-licensing from a university that was field restricted. This representation required us to analyze the claims in both pending patent applications and issued patents that might block the startup’s business, as well as to provide oral opinions on the patentability of pending third-party claims in a related space that we could view on the USPTO’s Public PAIR database.
Launch Moment: We’ve all had ah-ha moments. This one in particular came during a seemingly casual in-person visit with an investor after we had recently begun to provide IP counseling on some already in-licensed technology. During the meeting, he updated me on the favorable production of a certain strain of a microbe. To be sure I understood him correctly, I asked again about the specific strain. I then pulled out a copy of the published patent application and informed him that that microbe was not at all claimed, let alone described, in the patent application they licensed. After getting over the shock of the potential exposure, we offered a quick solution to the IP issue and became a trusted advisor integral to IP, and their real-time business strategy.
Favorite App: Twitter. It's fast and fun. I need to learn the back story about why 140 characters were chosen as the limit.
Daily Reads: The Boston Globe sports page, The Wall Street Journal and Boston Business Journal headlines (at least), and the IP360 daily online blog.
Off the Clock: My interests outside of work are centered around my family, sports and food. Although my three sons are older now, we spent years involved with their athletic endeavors and made a lot of close family friends through their teams. My oldest son played club hockey in college and our younger two are now both pitchers for their college teams, so the cheering goes on. Beyond that, we love watching the Pats, Sox and Bruins, plus all the Michigan sports on the Big Ten Network (where my husband went and subsequently brainwashed everyone). I love playing golf and workout regularly at the gym. Finally, I’m a huge foodie and love to entertain. One of the nicest compliments I’ve received is that I’m one of the best cooks in our town.
JD, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1992
MS, Biochemistry, University of Vermont School of Medicine, 1987
BS, Biology, Dickinson College, 1984
Bar AdmissionsMassachusetts, Maryland, US Patent and Trademark Office
Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation
Life Sciences: Biotech, Pharmaceutical