26th annual ip summit SPEAKERS
The Honorable Jimmie Reyna
Circuit Judge JIMMIE V. REYNA was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2011 and confirmed by the Senate 86 to 0. Prior to his appointment, Judge Reyna was an international trade attorney. Judge Reyna was appointed to and served on the U.S. roster of dispute settlement panelists for trade disputes under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (1994–2011), and the U.S. Indicative List of Non-Governmental Panelists for the World Trade Organization, Dispute Settlement Mechanism, for disputes in both trade in goods and trade in services (1995–2011). Judge Reyna has authored two books and numerous articles on international trade and customs issues, and other areas of law. Judge Reyna is active in educational and pro bono projects involving U.S. patent law. He has lectured in judicial ethics and rule of law training programs in Mexico (2017) and Colombia (2020). He is currently serving as a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) Advisory Board of Judges for the 2023-2024 term.
The Honorable Robert Shelby
Nominated by President Barack Obama, Judge Shelby was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 22, 2012. Since 2018, he has served as Chief United States District Judge for the District of Utah. He also serves by appointment on the Committee on Defender Services for the Judicial Conference of the United States, and on the Tenth Circuit Judicial Council.
Judge Shelby obtained degrees from Utah State University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, he clerked for United States District Judge J. Thomas Greene in the District of Utah and enjoyed a diverse and varied private practice with an emphasis in complex commercial litigation.
Judge Shelby is a former President of the Salt Lake County Bar Association and the David K. Watkiss – Sutherland Inn of Court. As an attorney, he served by appointment on the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Utah Supreme Court’s Ethics and Discipline Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Chief Judge Shelby served on active duty with the Utah Army National Guard during Operation Desert Storm before receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1994.
The Honorable Michael Mosman
Mike Mosman was born in Oregon and raised in Lewiston, Idaho. He is married to Suzanne Hogan, from Bend, Oregon. Together they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.
Judge Mosman attended BYU Law School, and then clerked for Judge Malcolm Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Justice Lewis Powell of the Supreme Court.
Judge Mosman worked for the Miller Nash law firm from 1986 - 1988. In 1988, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a position he held until 2001. In that time, he tried complex international fraud, money laundering and narcotics conspiracies and violent crimes on reservations. He was Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force.
In early 2001, Judge Mosman was appointed U.S. Attorney, a position he held until late 2003. He was appointed to the bench in late 2003. Since that time, he was selected to the panel of judges handling Multi-District Litigation. He was appointed by the Chief Justice to the Civil Rules Committee and tasked with revisions to Rule 23. In 2013, Judge Mosman was appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court; to a seven year term ending May of 2020.
The Honorable David Nuffer
Judge David Nuffer was appointed as a United States District Judge in the District of Utah on March 23, 2012 and became Chief Judge on September 1, 2014. He resigned that position September 30, 2018 but continued as an active district judge until he took senior status April 2, 2022. In 2018, he directed the establishment of a Southern Region of the Central Division of the District of Utah to provide better services to citizens living over 300 miles from Salt Lake City, the location of Utah's only federal courthouse.
The Honorable Christopher Burke
Judge Christopher J. Burke has served as a United States Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware since August 4, 2011. Judge Burke’s civil caseload predominantly consists of patent litigation matters, and he often oversees such cases from their initial stages up through and including expert discovery, summary judgement and/or trial.
Prior to joining the bench, from 2005 to 2011, Judge Burke was an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney=s Office for the District of Delaware. From 2001 to 2005, he was an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. Prior to that, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Judge Burke is a 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1997.
Judge Burke currently serves as the Chairman of the Federal Trial Practice Seminar, a trial skills development program jointly sponsored by the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the Federal Bar Association=s Delaware Chapter. He also presides over the District Court’s criminal Re-entry Court, which focuses on providing oversight, support and assistance to individuals serving terms of federal supervised release. He assists in overseeing the administration of the District Court’s Federal Civil Panel, which provides representation to indigent parties with civil cases pending before the Court. And he created and oversees the District Court’s High School Summer Fellowship Program, which provides mentoring to high school-aged youth in New Castle County and exposes those students to the work of the federal court system.
Judge Scott Moore
Acting Senior Lead Administrative Patent Judge Scott C. Moore was appointed to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on July 14, 2014. Judge Moore began his legal career at the law firm of Irell & Manella, LLP. Prior to his appointment to the PTAB, Judge Moore was a partner at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, LLP. Judge Moore earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Judge Kristina Kalan
Administrative Patent Judge Kristina M. Kalan was appointed to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on July 29, 2013. Prior to her appointment to the PTAB, Judge Kalan was a partner at Berenbaum Weinshienk PC (now Spencer Fane LLP) in Denver, Colorado. During her time in private practice, her representation focused on patent prosecution and litigation, as well as trademark and copyright matters. Judge Kalan also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Janice B. Davidson of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Judge Kalan earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Colorado Law Review, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Harvard University.
Whitney Blair is a shareholder and registered patent attorney with Kirton McConkie. Her practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of U.S., international, and foreign patent applications. She specializes in medical device patent applications, though her experience extends to preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a variety of other technological areas. Whitney advises clients about patentability, inventorship, freedom-to-operate, patent validity, and strategic patent procurement.
Previously, Whitney worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) managing the patent portfolio of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, she was responsible for overseeing patent prosecution and negotiating intellectual property licenses with industry partners ranging from startup biotechnology companies to major corporations.
Professor Jorge Contreras
Jorge L. Contreras (BSEE, BA (Rice), JD(Harvard)) is a leading international expert in the field of technology transactions and licensing. As a partner at the law firm WilmerHale, he represented a range of technology, biopharma, finance and other clients on complex commercial transactions, acquisitions and public securities offerings and led the firm’s Washington, DC and London intellectual property (IP) practices. Following his move to academia in 2010, he has continued to practice in this area through Contreras Legal Strategy LLC. He has served as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s expert on international IP transactions in major cases involving Amazon and The Coca-Cola Company, and has testified before the U.S. Senate IP Subcommittee, the Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission. He is the author or editor of twelve books including Intellectual Property Licensing and Transactions: Theory and Practice (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2022), and has published more than 150 scholarly articles and book chapters in the areas of intellectual property, antitrust and transactional law. He has received numerous awards and distinctions for his writing and scholarship and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He currently holds the James T. Jensen Endowed Professorship for Transactional Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and served in 2023 as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Charles Gray focuses his practice on patent counseling and prosecution of both U.S. and international patent applications. In addition, he has significant experience in providing patent invalidity and infringement analysis and drafting written opinions. He advises his clients on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including licensing negotiations.
Mr. Gray counsels his clients in a variety of technology fields, with a particular emphasis on computer networking, satellite, cellular, and other wireless communications, computer architecture, software systems and financial transactions.
Mr. Gray has an extensive Asian-area practice with a focus on Chinese patent counseling and prosecution. He has lived and worked in Asia and has extensive knowledge of Chinese patent practice and is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He is a guest lecturer at Fudan University in Shanghai, Hong Kong University and Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Gray was a software engineer and project manager, where he developed adaptive language, music, and mathematics learning software. Mr. Gray also developed collaborative legal English learning software and program environments designed for Chinese judges and attorneys.
Kevin is a technically trained computer engineer and a leader of Dentons' Post-Grant Group of the Intellectual Property and Technology practice. Dentons’ Post-Grant practice has received national accolades. In the 2018 Patexia IPR Intelligence Report performance ratings, Dentons was ranked number 1 for Petitioner representation, and ranked number 4 overall.
He has significant experience in patent office proceedings, focusing on post-grant proceedings, such as reexaminations, and AIA trials (inter partes reviews (IPR)) and similar reviews known as CBMs and PGRs, as well as prosecution. He has handled more than 100 reexams and dozens of AIA trials. He is recognized among the most experienced practitioners in this field having achieved consistently excellent results.
Kevin advises clients, including small companies and Fortune 500s, on portfolio management, technical analysis and strategic counseling, with an emphasis on computer architecture, e-commerce, data communication networks, software, circuit design, semiconductors, and microelectronic fabrication. He works closely managing teams conducting IPRs and he works with the group's experienced and technically trained patent lawyers and litigators in Dentons' Intellectual Property and Technology practice group, which has more than 100 lawyers and professionals in the US and an equal number abroad.
Kevin is frequently cited as a leader in the patent industry. Intellectual Asset Management identified Kevin among its “World's Leading Patent Professionals" from 2015 to 2022. Kevin also serves as the vice chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association's (IPO) US Patent Office Practice Committee, and the American Bar Association's (ABA) USPTO Affairs (Post Grant and Inter Partes) Committee, where he is intimately involved in developing policy and implementation programs concerning patent office practice and post-grant proceedings. His work with the ABA included developing comments on the patent office's proposed rules for post-grant proceedings. He also aided the IPO and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) in drafting comments on post-grant procedures. Kevin frequently speaks at, and participates in, professional associations including IPO, AIPLA and ABA. He writes and lectures frequently on patent and intellectual property law. Recently, Kevin interviewed USPTO Chief Judge David Rushcke for the ABA’s Landslide magazine.
Kevin began his legal career in-house at the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, Intel Corp. He now applies those skills by litigating post-grant proceedings and providing technical analyses. Kevin enjoys working with clients to develop and obtain patent rights. Having worked on examiner interview programs for the AIPLA and the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), he has evidence that early interviews can reduce prosecution costs. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kevin worked for several years as a senior component design engineer at Intel Corp. Kevin enjoys mountain biking, working out, and spending time on his small family farm.
Jessica is a Partner at DLA Piper in San Francisco. She is an experienced patent litigator who focuses on trying patent cases in the district courts and the ITC, as well as litigating patent appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Most recently, she served as Principal and Senior Managing Counsel for IP Litigation at Apple, where she spent eight years managing an active docket of patent litigation that spanned the globe. Before joining Apple, Jessica clerked for both Judge Love, in the Eastern District of Texas, and Judge Reyna, at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Jessica currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Federal Circuit Bar Association.
Amber is a partner in the Technology and Intellectual Property Transactions Office in the Salt Lake City Office of Kirkland and Ellis LLP. She represents clients on the technology, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and data privacy aspects of complex corporate transactions. Amber also represents clients on a wide range of strategic commercial arrangements, including joint ventures, licenses, and collaborations. She also leverages her background and advanced degrees in bioengineering as well as her experience working in the medical communications industry to advise clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, healthcare, and life sciences industries. Amber has been recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Technology Law since 2021.
Jason Harrier is Lead Counsel of Intellectual Property at Plaid, where he is building an innovation program that supports patents, trademarks, open source, trade secrets, and IP litigation. Jason also is the Legal lead for Plaid's AI policy and worked with a cross-functional task force this year to enable AI throughout the company.
Phil Harris is a partner, registered patent attorney, and patent practice group leader at Holland & Hart. His practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications (with special focus on cutting-edge technology) for clients of various structures and industries, including wireless communications, network design, machine learning and artificial intelligence, memory and computer architecture, circuit and chip design, methods of manufacturing, medical devices, and other complex technologies. He also represents clients involved in intellectual property disputes before the U.S. PTO and other venues, including inter partes reviews, reexaminations, appeals, and others. Before joining Holland & Hart, Phil was an attorney at a prominent national Washington D.C. law firm specializing in intellectual property, including disputes at the before the U.S. PTO.
Tiffany Brooks Healy
Tiffany is a shareholder at Ray Quinney & Nebeker. She focuses her practice on intellectual property counseling and the preparation and prosecution of patent applications worldwide. With over 15 years of experience, she has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in a variety of technology areas. Her counseling practice involves helping clients to understand the patent landscape for their products and advising clients regarding patent infringement risk for corporate transactions and product development.
Tiffany received a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University and her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Matthew likes to talk about trademarks. His practice focuses on trademark and copyright counseling and other intellectual property protections. He advises global and emerging pharmaceutical, beauty and skincare, consumer goods, technology, and other companies, managing their domestic and international trademark portfolios and helping to develop their growth strategies into new domestic and international markets. Matthew also represents private equity firms and other investors in multimillion-dollar acquisitions with significant trademark and copyright portfolios.
Working with both start-ups and multinational brands, Matthew counsels his clients on the clearance of proposed marks, preparation and filing applications, obtaining approvals for applications to register marks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and trademark agencies around the world, as well as use of those marks. This includes brand protection and enforcement at the USPTO and other trademark agencies, social media and ecommerce platforms, and domain name disputes.
Matthew is an active member of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL), with numerous leadership roles in the past decade. He currently serves as Vice-Chair for the USPTO Trademark Practice and Policy Committee and is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief for the section’s Landslide magazine and past chair of the editorial board. He has served as chair of the Young Lawyer Action Group, on the CLE board, and Trademark Legislation Committee, liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association, and the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, among other roles.
Matthew is also an active member of the International Trademark Association. He currently serves on the Copyright Committee and completed terms on the Publications Committee and U.S. Legislation Subcommittee.
He has published and spoken on a wide range trademark and copyright topics, including practice changes at the USPTO and other trademark agencies, enforcement strategies with social media and ecommerce sites, trademark and design protections for fashion, personal names as trademarks, television plotlines featuring trademark and copyright law issues, and comparative trademark use requirements outside the United States.
Matthew leads Lowenstein’s LGBTQ+ Alliance to advocate for and education on the community inside and outside the firm.
Jessica Hudak is currently Lead Counsel, Advanced Technology, at Edwards Lifesciences. She is a member of the Law Leadership Team and the Advanced Technology Leadership Team and currently serves as the General Counsel for Edwards’ Advanced Technology organization, where she leads a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers to provide strategic global support to the Chief Scientific Officer and Corporate Vice President. Jessica previously worked for Gibson Dunn as a member of the Appellate and Constitutional Law group where she represented clients in the Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeals, and district courts. Jessica was part of the team representing Smith & Nephew in U.S. v. Arthrex before the Supreme Court. Jessica was a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Sharon Prost of the Federal Circuit and has been a lecturer at Stanford for over 18 years. Jessica earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, completed the Stanford Biodesign Fellowship Program, and earned a M.S. in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan.
Ben Jackson has been General Counsel at Sera Prognostics since early 2021, where he manages all aspects of Sera’s legal matters, including the company’s IPO in 2021 and a broad range of corporate legal matters, SEC work, transactions, intellectual property, compliance and regulatory matters. Before Sera, he served as in-house counsel at Myriad Genetics for fifteen years, starting as a law clerk and ending as General Counsel. Ben has been active in IP policy, including life science industry think tanks and roundtables, amicus brief advocacy at the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit, articles analyzing emergent issues, and speaking engagements. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in molecular genetics and his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
Sarah Jelsema is counsel at Klarquist Sparkman, LLP. She primarily works on appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and patent cases before the district courts. She clerked for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2011.
Jessica Kaiser is currently a partner at Perkins Coie LLP representing established and emerging technology, telecommunications, and life sciences companies in complex IP disputes. As a former LAPJ at the USPTO, Jessica managed and decided numerous cases before the PTAB in AIA trials. She also worked with USPTO and PTAB leadership in developing and implementing PTAB reforms, including agency rulemaking, a pilot program for motions to amend patent claims during AIA trials, PTAB statistics, and remote hearing operations.
Before joining the USPTO, Jessica was a staff attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the CAFC, providing legal advice to the court, including on mandamus petitions and all types of motions filed prior to an appeal being assigned to a merits panel. Early in her career, Jessica clerked at the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Jessica has also worked as an engineer for Dow Chemical Company, Exxon Company USA (now Exxon Mobil Corporation), and Tosco Refining Company (now ConocoPhillips).
Charles Kim currently serves in the Senior Executive Service as the Acting Assistant Commissioner of Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, Charles oversees the Central Reexamination Unit, the Office of Patent Quality Assurance, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Manual of Patent Examining Procedures, and the Office of Petitions.
In addition, Charles currently leads the USPTO’s AI and Emerging Technology Working Group. This working group is comprised of AI specialists from across the agency and has been responsible for several initiatives at the USPTO, including the issuance of request for comments, reports on AI and IP policy, and the launch of the AI and Emerging Technologies Partnership, which was inaugurated by Director Vidal in June 2022.
In his previous role, he served as the Director of the Office of Petitions. The Office of Petitions reviews and decides various petitions to the Director of the USPTO, such as revival of abandoned applications, reinstatement of expired patents, review of previous decisions of the Technology Centers, suspension of regulations, and questions not specifically provided for by regulations.
Prior to leading the Office of Petitions, Charles served for two years as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. Charles also previously served as a Supervisory Patent Examiner in Technology Center 2100—Computer Architecture and Software.
Charles has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and received his JD degree from George Washington University Law School. Charles also received his Executive Certificate in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Regional Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office
As the Regional Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
Ms. Kocialski brings more than 20 years of intellectual property experience to the USPTO. Most recently, Ms. Kocialski was the Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc, where she was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and was also responsible for all of the post-grant procedures and patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries. Prior to Oracle, she worked at Qwest Corporation and was also in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket.
Ms. Kocialski is a recognized IP leader in the Rocky Mountain region. Ms. Kocialski currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee. Ms. Kocialski is the Vice President of the Colorado IP Inn of Court and was previously the Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Further, Ms. Kocialski is a member of the Planning Committee for the Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute, an annual two-day conference on intellectual property that attracts over 500 attendees. She was the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association and served on the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Ms. Kocialski served as the head of the IP Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and served on the National IP Committee of the Association of the Corporate Counsel. In 2015, Ms. Kocialski was recognized by ManagingIP magazine as one of its North America Corporate IP Stars.
Ms. Kocialski is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Kocialski is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the New York and Colorado state bars as well as to the United States Courts in those jurisdictions.
Jonathan Love is a shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer where his practice centers on trademark and copyright law. From startups to multinational corporations, clients trust Jonathan with all aspects of their domestic and international brand development, protection, and enforcement. He successfully guides clients through the process of selecting and clearing trademarks, securing domestic and foreign trademark registrations, and maintaining and enforcing emerging and established brands, including domestic and worldwide trademark portfolios. Jonathan also has deep experience counseling clients on copyright matters, including securing copyright protection and enforcing rights in copyrighted works. He frequently advises clients in acquiring, licensing and assigning copyrights and other intellectual property.
Jonathan also serves as a Trademark Faculty Clinic Supervisor for the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic at J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, which participates in the USPTO’s law school clinic program. In that role, Jonathan supervises pro bono trademark prosecution work performed by clinic students who have limited authorization to practice before the USPTO. Jonathan is an active member of the International Trademark Association and the IP Section of the ABA, currently serving on INTA’s Publications Committee and the ABA-IPL’s USPTO Trademark Practice and Policy Committee.
In his off-time, Jonathan enjoys running trails and racing ultramarathons.
Eric specializes in building large intellectual property portfolios that advance his clients’ business strategies, protect their investments in research and development, and enhance their competitive position in the marketplace. A trusted advisor to his clients, he is highly responsive and valued for his thoughtful, practical, and business-savvy insight.
Appreciated for his honesty and easy-going communication style, Eric pays considerable attention to delivering what his clients need by taking the time to truly listen to their specific goals. As a result, businesses repeatedly turn to him because he consistently delivers workable legal and practical business solutions to even the most complicated intellectual property challenges. Eric believes “clients are looking for real-time advice that is presented quickly, succinctly, and without a lot of formality.”
With his background as a computer hardware and software design engineer, Eric is a true problem solver. He strives to keep his clients ahead of the curve when it comes to changes in the law, new trends in technology, and shifting economic conditions.
Eric provides his clients with advice on the full spectrum of patent portfolio management and strategy, including patent prosecution and drafting; domestic and global patent portfolio management; counseling on infringement and validity, freedom-to-operate, patentability analysis, and due diligence investigations; development of design around strategies; and prior art search and analysis. When partnering is the solution, he has negotiated hundreds of intellectual property related agreements, including licenses, joint development agreements, acquisitions and divestitures with and for Fortune 100 companies, universities, start-ups and individual inventors.
Eric’s practice also involves a wide range of other intellectual property matters, including the acquisition and enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret rights, and representing clients in connection with administrative actions before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and U.S. Copyright Office.
His industry-specific experience is extensive and includes the highly specialized electromechanical and semiconductor fields, fiber optics, lasers, optical networking systems, X-ray devices and equipment, telecommunications, mechanical engineering, as well as computer, internet, and multimedia law.
In 2011, Eric co-founded Maschoff Brennan and served as its Managing Shareholder for the next eight years. His leadership and vision were instrumental in growing the firm from 8 to over 50 attorneys, with four offices in the technology-focused regions of Utah and California.
A strong believer in giving back to the community he lives and works in, Eric has served as an adjunct law professor at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law for over 20 years, where he teaches courses in patent law and patent drafting and prosecution. Outside of work, Eric enjoys the Park City lifestyle by skiing, mountain biking, and participating in adventure races and triathlons. He loves listening to Bob Marley and spending time in Moab and Mexico with his family.
John is an Associate Senior Counsel and Head of Payments Legal where he advises and supports the strategic sourcing, e-commerce, payments, and fintech practice areas including the negotiation of complex commercial and technology transactions in the Corporate Legal Group at Adobe. John advises the Global Strategic Sourcing and Payments businesses and negotiates all strategic payment partnership deals to support the retail expansion and growth of Adobe’s e-commerce platform and available payment methods for Adobe retailer customers. He is also a passionate legal educator teaching business and corporate law, contracts law, and regulatory law as an Adjunct Lecturer of Law at The University of Oklahoma College of Law and Adjunct Professor of Law at Texas A&M School of Law in their graduate level Master of Legal Studies (MLS) and Master of Laws (LLM) programs.
Tiffany D.W. Shimada is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology and Trademark & Brand Management Group in Greenberg Traurig’s Salt Lake City office. Tiffany focuses her practice on helping clients with trademark, copyright, advertising, social media, and complex brand protection and management issues. She works with brand owners and managers nationally and globally to protect their intellectual property across a wide array of industries, including financial services, food and beverage, agribusiness, search engine optimization management, outdoor sports and hunting, logistics, direct marketing, online retail marketplaces, entertainment, health care, apparel, cosmetics, renewable energy, and mining operations. Tiffany counsels clients through all aspects of brand selection, protection, and risk management issues, such as claim substantiation, comparative advertising, influencer marketing, and promotions involving sweepstakes and contests.
David R. Todd
David R. Todd is a shareholder and registered patent attorney at Workman Nydegger in Salt Lake City. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation, and on client counseling matters requiring expertise in intellectual property law, including analyses of patent infringement and validity. He has participated as counsel in over 40 appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and in a number of intellectual property actions in federal trial courts and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Mr. Todd served from 1997-1998 as a law clerk to the Honorable Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Todd has participated in authoring a number of publications on patent law issues, has lectured on intellectual property issues, and currently serves as an adjunct professor of law at Brigham Young University where he has taught courses in patent law and intellectual property litigation. He has also served as an author of amicus briefs filed on behalf of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in cases pending before the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit.
Lucky is Microsoft’s Head of IP and AI Litigation, where he leads a team managing the company’s global patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and AI litigation docket. Previously, Lucky was a VP and Technology Counsel at Western Union managing its IP portfolio and key technology vendor relationships, and before that, a partner in Hogan Lovells’ IP litigation practice group. Before becoming a lawyer, Lucky worked in the software industry for nearly 10 years, and published peer reviewed papers in the area of machine learning and AI. Lucky holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.
Jenny Zhang is a life sciences and health technologies litigator based in the Washington, DC, office of Goodwin Procter LLP. She has counseled and represented clients in patent, licensing, and trade secrets disputes involving drug delivery devices, antibody discovery platforms, patient engagement algorithms, and a number of small- and big-molecule therapeutics. She has managed all phases of litigation before the U.S. district courts, international arbitration tribunals, the PTAB, the ITC, and the Federal Circuit.
Outside her private practice, Jenny serves as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, where she teaches scholarly writing. She also serves as a Vice-Chair of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Amicus Committee, where she has drafted and reviewed briefs on a range of issues within the Federal Circuit’s jurisdiction.
Jenny was a law clerk for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
When not thinking about the law, she enjoys shepherding her two young daughters around playgrounds, farms, and music lessons in the DC area with her husband and fellow technology-nerd, Chris McNett.
Terrece is a life sciences patent prosecution attorney working at bioMerieux in Salt Lake City where she manages patent portfolios for immunoassays used in medical diagnostics. She worked as an attorney both in private practice and in-house. Terrece has a PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology and worked as a research scientist prior to entering the practice of law. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri (B.S.), St. Louis University (PhD), and the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (JD).