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803 W 25th Avenue Spokane WA 99203 | (509) 710-0226 |

Multifaceted attorney with a unique combination of legal, IT and engineering exp
erience, able to clearly articulate the technical, legal, policy and business as
pects of patent and trademark law. Deadline driven professional who works effect
ively in high-pressure environments, and consistently delivers projects on sched
ule. Business-savvy advisor with the ability to manage patent & trademark portfo
lios for maximum client return. Dynamic leader who motivates, mentors, and devel
ops talent.
Areas of Expertise
Patent & Trademark Law * Patent & Trademark Portfolio Management * Patent Drafti
ng & Prosecution
Licensing * Strong Client Relations * Team Leadership
LEE & HAYES, PLLC, Spokane, WA 2007-2010
Boutique law firm specializing in patent law; major clients include Microsoft, H
P, and Infineon.
Recruited to reduce costly patent prosecution backlog. Drafted and prosecuted pa
tent applications before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Analyzed patent por
tfolios, and advised internal stakeholders on potential profitability of patents
. Provided recommendations on future patent process, including issues of licensi
ng and enforceability. Wrote office actions and patent applications. Promoted to
lead team of associates and ensure that both external patent office deadlines a
nd internal quantity-of-work deadlines are consistently met. Reviewed all work p
roduced by team to ensure quality of work prior to client review. Mentored team
members to improve skill levels and efficiency. Represented firm at community ev
ents throughout region.
* Served as outside patent counsel to Microsoft, and worked closely with in-hous
e attorneys.
o Managed significant sections of Microsoft patent portfolio, including communic
ations technologies, interfaces, multimedia, and forward looking research cases.
o Developed strong reputation with Microsoft for pruning of patent portfolio bas
ed on a strong analytical grasp of business realities.
o Directly responsible for significant cost savings and increased profitability
of patent portfolio.
* Key contributor to reduction in backlog from $100K to $5K in late fees per mon
* Billed about $340K per year.
* Successfully completed about 120-140 Office Actions and draft about 5-10 utili
ty patent applications per year.
Law Clerk
Performed rigorous legal analysis of complex issues under state law, and drafted
judicial opinions, memoranda, orders and other court documents for the Honorabl
e Richard T. St. Clair.
* Formulated legal opinions and authored draft opinions.
* Prepared jury instruction for jury trials.
MELINE LAW FIRM, PLLC, Idaho Falls, ID 2005-2007
Formed law firm to provide patent and trademark legal services to existing and n
ew clients in Southeastern Idaho. Managed all day-to-day operations of local law
* Admitted to the Idaho Bar July 2007.
CARSTENS & CAHOON, LLP, Dallas, TX 2003-2005
Boutique law firm focused on patent, trademark and copyright law
Practiced patent, trademark and copyright law for Fortune 500 clients including
Frito Lay and Pepsi. Prosecuted a variety of patent applications before U.S. Pat
ent and Trademark office. Provided legal expertise in multiple areas of intellec
tual property law including patent litigation support; registration, protection
and litigation of trademarks, and registration, protection and licensing of copy
ABB AUTOMATION, INC., Houston, Texas 2000-2001
Leader in automation technologies that enable utility and industry to improve pe
rformance process simulation
Senior Software Developer
Ported industry-leading dynamic process simulator, SIMCONx, (written in FORTRAN
on OpenVMS), to Visual C++ on Microsoft Windows with Objectivity object database
* Maintained project intranet using Microsoft FrontPage and IIS version 5. Asse
mbled 8 IBM servers running Windows 2000 Server, and maintained developer machin
es (MS Visual Source Safe, MS SQL Server 2000, Oracle 8, 8i and 9, and Rational
development tools).
ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC., Houston, TX 1996-2000
Optimizing process manufacturing
Senior Engineer/ Industry Analyst
Led integration teams to install AspenTech and third-party software in petrochem
ical and refining locations throughout the world. Utilized platforms including U
NIX, OpenVMS, Windows, and LINUX. Responsible for contributions to technical and
financial proposals. Programmed in C, HLBL, and platform specific DCS languages
* Served as Subject Matter Expert in Distributed Control Systems, including Hone
ywell, Foxboro, and Fisher-Rosemount.
* Selected for special team to create new software product providing integrated
solution customized for vertical markets including refining, petrochemicals, and
o Contributed to development of software applications integrating Supply Chain,
SAP, and B2B communications with scheduling, planning (LP models), control syste
ms and real-time accounting systems, Utilizing VB, SQL, and VB Scripts with XML
and Java for client-server apps.
; 1992-1996
Research Assistant
Assisted in experimental in vivo and in vitro research of topical drugs under NI
H grants, research included drug uptake and partitioning, lipid extraction using
Thin-Layer Chromatography, metabolite analysis with High Performance Liquid Chr
omatography and Liquid Scintillating Chromatography (HPLC, LSC).
* Assisted in preparing and executing clinical trials, and in processing and an
alyzing results.
* Complied with Good Laboratory Practice standards.
The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, JD, 2003
* Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal - Symposium Committee (2002),
Symposium Coordinator (2003), Staff Editor (2003)
* Texas Intellectual Property Law Society - Member (2002), VP (2003)
*Scholarships: Tom C. Clark Fellows Scholarship (2002), James A. Elkins Memorial
Scholarship (2003),
Bates, Brocks, Border, Roberts Endowed Presidential Scholarship (2004)
The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, BS Chemical & Fuels Engineering, 199
Fluent in Portuguese; lived in Portugal from 1990 to 1992.
Conversant in American Sign Language.
Familiar with Spanish.