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Background

Phyllis K. Kristal is a Principal in the Washington D.C. office of Fish & Richardson. Ms. Kristal joined the firm 1993. She has advised clients in all industry sectors on IP matters for more than 20 years, including patent prosecution, freedom to operate, patentability, validity, infringement, landscape, and due diligence studies. With a mechanical engineering background, Ms. Kristal has seen the entire range of IP issues a company of any size may encounter, and has proven experience counseling start-up companies on navigating the IP world.

Ms. Kristal previously worked at DEKA R&D on the development of mobility aids for the disabled, and at Candela Laser Corporation on the design of laser catheters for angioplasty, biliary stones, eye surgery, and dermatology.

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School 1999


M.S., University of Washington 1991
Mechanical Engineering


B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1987
Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1994
  • Massachusetts 2000
  • District of Columbia 2001

Other Distinctions

Undergraduate thesis on the design and construction of a video-graphic arthroscopy system. Patent held on thesis work and for work at DEKA. Graduate thesis on the measurement of tension in carpal ligaments.

Patents:
Transportation vehicles and methods, United States 5,971,091, Issued

Human transporter, United States 5,701,965, Issued

Video-graphic arthroscopy system

United States 5,005,559, Issued

Awards

Recognized as "IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals" (2016). ​

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