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Fish & Richardson Adds 33 New Associates

February 28, 2011

Press Releases

Fish & Richardson Adds 33 New Associates

February 28, 2011

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Boston, MA, February 28, 2011 – Fish & Richardson today announced the addition of 33 associates to the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Groups across its 11 offices.

The new associates include: Erin Alper (Atlanta), Maureen Brenner (Boston), Matthew Browning (Silicon Valley), Markus Coehn (Munich), Dr. Santosh Coutinho (Delaware), Jane Du (Dallas), Joanna Fuller (Southern California), Dr. Michael Gaddis (Dallas), Tony A. Gibbens (Atlanta), Dr. Christine Goddard (Boston), Nicholas A. Jepsen (Washington, D.C.), Dr. Joseph Koipally (Boston), Kurt F. Krenz (Minneapolis), Brian Livedalen (Washington, D.C.), Melissa Martinez (Washington, D.C.), Gabriel Olander (Washington, D.C.), Andrew Patrick (Washington, D.C.), Page M. Ponsford (Silicon Valley), Michael Portnov (Silicon Valley), Audrey Powers (Washington, D.C.), Sivananda Reddy (Boston), Jennifer Scarpati (New York), Kaaren P. Shalom (Dallas), Michael P. Shepherd (Silicon Valley), Jonathan Talcott (Minneapolis), Jacqueline Tio (Atlanta), Martina Tyreus Hufnal (Delaware), Dr. Irina E. Vainberg (New York), Neil Warren (Silicon Valley), David Yaegashi (New York), James E. Youngblood (Dallas), and Dr. Juan Zheng (Boston).

Erin Alper, who has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Atlanta, previously worked in the law department of McKesson Corporation as a member of the Technology Legal Group.  She received her J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, from Emory University School of Law in 2009, where she was a staff member for the Emory Law Journal.  Ms. Alper received her B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Southern California in 2006.  She is admitted to the bar in Georgia and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Maureen Brenner, who will work in the Boston office, has been a law clerk with Fish’s IP Litigation Group since 2010.  She received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 2010, and both her M.S.E. (2006) in manufacturing engineering and her B.S.E. (2004), magna cum laude, in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.  Previously, Ms. Brenner was an engineer and patent agent with the Whirlpool Corporation.  She is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.

Matthew Browning has joined Fish’s Patent Group in Silicon Valley, and he resides in Austin, TX.  He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2009, where he was a staff member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.  Prior to law school, Mr. Browning was a communication systems engineer at Northrop Grumman.  He received both his M.S., cum laude, and B.S., cum laude, in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 2003.  Mr. Browning is admitted to the bar in California and Texas and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Markus Coehn has joined Fish’s Patent Group in Munich, focusing on the fields of pharmaceuticals and polymers.  Prior to his law career, Mr. Coehn worked as a Research Assistant at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich developing antibiotics against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  He received his M.A. in chemistry from Ludwig Maximilians University in 2002.  Mr. Coehn is admitted to practice as a German Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.

Dr. Santosh Coutinho, who has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Delaware, previously was a senior medical liaison at Novo Nordisk and also worked as a scientist and medical science liaison at Johnson & Johnson.  Dr. Coutinho received his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2010, where he was the recipient of the Jack M. Golden and Frieda Golden Prize.  He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Iowa in 1998 and his B.S., with distinction, from the University of Bombay in 1993.  Dr. Coutinho is admitted to the bar in Delaware.

Jane Du, who has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Dallas, previously was a clerk for the Honorable Martin Hoffman of the 68th Civil District Court in Dallas.  She received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2009, where she was a member of the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition.  Ms. Du received her B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas in 2006.  She is admitted to the bar in Virginia and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Joanna Fuller, who has joined Fish’s IP Litigation group in Southern California, previously was a clerk for the Honorable David R. Thompson and a judicial intern for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Ms. Fuller received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2009, where she worked on the San Diego Law Review.  She received her B.S., high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  She is admitted to the bar in California.

Dr. Michael Gaddis, who has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Dallas, previously was a clerk for the Honorable Ed Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and an intern for the Honorable Sherry Radack of the First Court of Appeals in Houston.  Dr. Gaddis received J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 2009, where he was an articles editor for Texas Law Review and managing editor for Texas Review of Law & Politics.  He received his Ph.D., with distinction, from Princeton University in 1999.  He received his M.St. from Oxford University in 1993 and his B.A., with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wesleyan University in 1992.  Dr. Gaddis is admitted to the bar in Texas.

Tony A. Gibbens has joined Fish’s Patent Group in Atlanta.  He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law in 2008.  Before law school, he was an entrepreneur who started and ran several successful ventures.  Mr. Gibbens received his M.B.A., with a major in information management technology and strategy, from Indiana University in 1999.  He was a Ph.D. candidate and received his M.S., with distinction, in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1990.  He also received his B.S., with distinction, in computer science and mathematics from Purdue in 1987.  Mr. Gibbens is admitted to the bar in Indiana and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Christine Goddard, who has over 10 years of experience as a technology specialist with Fish’s Patent Group in Boston, will continue to specialize in the areas of pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, and biotechnology.  She received her J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 2010.  She received her Ph.D. in bio-inorganic chemistry from Harvard University in 1999 and her S.B. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993.  Dr. Goddard is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Nicholas A. Jepsen has joined Fish’s Patent Group in Washington D.C.  Previously, he was a summer associate with the firm, and a judicial intern to the Honorable Randall R. Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Mr. Jepsen received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2009, where he was an associate editor for the BYU Law Review.  He received his B.S., cum laude, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University in 2006.  Mr. Jepsen is admitted to the bar in California and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Joseph Koipally, who has eight years of experience as a technology specialist with Fish’s Patent Group in Boston, will focus his practice on patent prosecution.  He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 2010.  He received his Ph.D. (2001) and his A.M. (2000) in biochemistry from Harvard University and his B.S., with university honors, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Xi, in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993.  Dr. Koipally is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Kurt F. Krenz, who previously worked at Fish for three years, has re-joined the firm’s Patent Group in Minneapolis.  He will continue to focus his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property counseling in the areas of medical devices and electrical engineering.  Mr. Krenz received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006, where he was managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review.  He received his M.E.E. in electrical engineering in 2002 and his B.S., with distinction, in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1995 from the University of Minnesota.  Mr. Krenz is admitted to the bar in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Brian Livedalen has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Washington, D.C.  He previously was an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in the fields of optical and semiconductor technologies.  He received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009, where he was an editor for the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.  He received his B.S. in physics from the University of Virginia in 2005.  Mr. Livedalen is admitted to the bar in Virginia and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Melissa Martinez has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining the firm she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre Davis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.  She was also a Fulbright Fellow (2004-2005) in the Philippines researching the effects of patents on Filipino pharmaceuticals and health care.  Ms. Martinez received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2008.  She received her B.A., summa cum laude, Sigma Pi Sigma, Kappa Mu Epsilon, in physics from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 2004.  She is admitted to the bar in Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Gabriel Olander, who has four years of experience as a technology specialist and patent agent with Fish’s Patent and IP Litigation Groups, will continue to focus his practice in the areas of electrical engineering and computer science at the Washington, D.C. office.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Olander was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, handling patent applications in display technologies.  He received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010 and his B.S., magna cum laude, Eta Kappa Nu, in electrical engineering from the University of Florida in 2005.  Mr. Olander is admitted to the bar in Virginia and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Andrew Patrick has joined Fish’s Patent Group in Washington, D.C.  He received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2010, where he was articles editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Law.  He received his B.S., with high honors, in mathematical and computer sciences and his B.S., with high honors, in economics from Colorado School of Mines in 2005.  Mr. Patrick is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Page M. Ponsford has joined Fish’s Patent Group in Silicon Valley.  He received his J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2009 and his B.S. in computer science from Cameron University in 2001.  Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior software engineer for General Dynamics and for Raytheon.  Mr. Ponsford is admitted to the bar in California and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Michael Portnov has joined Fish’s Patent Group in Silicon Valley.  He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2009, where he was a member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.  Mr. Portnov received his B.A. in mathematics with a minor in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006.   He is admitted to the bar in California and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Audrey Powers has joined Fish’s Regulatory Group in Washington, D.C.  She previously was a senior systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation, and a flight controller at the United Space Alliance, NASA Johnson Space Center.  She also was a judicial extern for the Honorable Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  Ms. Powers received her J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2008, where she was editor in chief of the Santa Clara Journal of International Law.  She received her B.S. in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1999.  She is admitted to the bar in California.

Sivananda Reddy, who has three years of experience as a technology specialist with Fish’s Patent Group in Boston, will focus his practice in the areas of intellectual property law including counseling, litigation, and prosecution.  He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 2010.  Mr. Reddy received his S.M. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 and his B.E. in electrical engineering from the University of Madras in 2003.  Prior to his law firm career, Mr. Reddy served as a graduate research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems where he worked on electric machinery for wind turbines.  He is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.

Jennifer Scarpati, who has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in New York, has research experience in biochemistry and microbiology, as well as previous law firm experience.  She received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, her M.A. in biochemistry, molecular, and cellular biology from Boston University in 2002, and her B.A. in biology from Cornell University in 1999.  Prior to law school, Ms. Scarpati worked in the biotechnology industry.  She is admitted to the bar in New York and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Kaaren P. Shalom, who has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Dallas, previously was a clerk for the Honorable William R. Mullins of the National Transportation Safety Board Court and an intern for the Honorable Jorge A. Solis, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  Ms. Shalom received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2010, where she was an associate editor of the 44thSMU Air Law Symposium and worked on the SMU Law Review.  She received her M.A. from the University of Southern California in 1995 and her B.S. from SMU in 1985.  She is admitted to the bar in Texas.

Michael P. Shepherd has joined Fish’s Patent Group in Silicon Valley.  He received his J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2009, where he was a member of Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.  Prior to law school, he was a software engineer at Northrop Grumman Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp.  Mr. Shepherd received his M.S. in computer science from Syracuse University in 2005 and his B.S., cum laude, in computer science from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.  He is admitted to the bar in California and New York and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rebecca L. Shult has rejoined Fish’s Litigation Group in the Minneapolis office after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Donovan W. Frank in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.  Ms. Shult, who previously was an associate at Fish for three years, will continue to focus her practice on patent litigation in the areas of medical devices and biotechnology/pharmaceuticals.  Ms. Shult received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2007, where she was the lead articles editor for the Pepperdine Law Review.  She received her M.S. in medical device and diagnostic engineering in 2004 and her B.S. in biomedical-mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California in 2003.  Ms. Shult is admitted to the bar in Minnesota.

Jonathan Talcott has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Minneapolis.  He received his J.D., cum laude, from the Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2010, where he was business editor for the Arizona State Law Journal.  Prior to law school, he was an electrical hardware engineer at Rockwell Collins.  Mr. Talcott received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2003 and his B.S., with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, in physics and astronomy from the University of Iowa in 2001.

Jacqueline Tio, who has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Atlanta, previously served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Linda T. Walker, U.S. Magistrate Judge.  She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2009, where she was a staff member for the Law Review and a member of the Immigrant Child Advocacy Project.  She received her B.S. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.  Ms. Tio is admitted to the bar in Georgia.

Martina Tyreus Hufnal has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Wilmington, DE.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Tyreus clerked for the Honorable Judge Sue L. Robinson in the U.S. District Court of Delaware for a year and practiced intellectual property litigation in Delaware for four years.  She received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 2005, where she was executive notes editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly.  She received her B.ChE. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2002.  Ms. Tyreus is admitted to practice in Delaware, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Irina E. Vainberg, who has joined Fish’s Patent Group in New York, has extensive research experience in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics.  She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2006, both her Ph.D. (1997) and M.S. (1994) in cell biology and biochemistry from New York University, and her B.S. in molecular biology from Moscow State University in 1991.  Dr. Vainberg is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Neil Warren has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Silicon Valley.  He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2010, where he was supervising editor of the California Law Review.  Mr. Warren has additional experience as a graduate student instructor at the U.C. Berkeley College of Engineering, a researcher at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and co-founder of Arbor Labs, Inc.  He received his B.S., with honors, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007.  Mr. Warren is admitted to the bar in California and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

David Yaegashi has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in New York.  He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2009.  He received his B.A., cum laude, from Covenant College in 1998.  Mr. Yaegashi is admitted to the bar in New York.

James E. Youngblood, who has joined Fish’s IP Litigation Group in Dallas, previously was a clerk for the Honorable Amos L. Mazzant, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  Mr. Youngblood received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2009.  Prior to his law career, he was a senior design engineer at Intel Corporation.  He received his M.S. (1999) and his B.S., summa cum laude, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu (1998), in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.  Mr. Youngblood is admitted to practice in Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Juan Zheng, who has five years of experience as a technology specialist with Fish’s Patent Group in Boston, will focus her practice on patent prosecution in the areas of chemistry, biomedical technology, and spectroscopy.  She received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2010.  She received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 and her B.S. in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2000.  Previously, Dr. Zheng served as a graduate research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she co-authored a book chapter on conjugated polymers in chemosensing and biosensing.  She is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.

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