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Michael J. Albaneze
Robert M. Amici, Ph.D.
MaryDilys S. Anderson, Ph.D.
Stephen I. Brodsky
Rebecca C. Christon
Stephen R. Finch
Ashlyn J. Lembree
Neil F. Maloney
Michael L. Mathaisel
Thomas J. McGinnis
Jonathan R. Raymond
Kyle F. Schlueter
Keri E. Sicard
Paul A. Smith
David R. Soucy
Shannon M. Vittengl

Michael J. Albanez Patent Attorney
Michael J. Albaneze
Associate

Phone: 603-836-1479
Email: malbaneze@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis

Mike’s practice includes patent prosecution, patent analysis and client counseling in the fields of electrical engineering, computers and software.

Mike has prepared and prosecuted numerous U.S., international and foreign patent applications in a wide variety of technical fields, including: signal processing, image processing, digital and wireless communications, control systems, embedded systems, semiconductors and complex software systems.

In addition to his law degree from the University of New Hampshire, Mike holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, with a focus on Digital Signal Processing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Mike worked in industry for over 20 years at companies including Lockheed, Stanford Telecom, 3Com and IBM and was engaged in a variety of projects dealing with communications, real-time embedded systems, radars, sonars, avionics and complex software systems.  Prior to and after the completion of his law degree, Mike worked for the law firm of Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.  He is currently admitted to practice in New Hampshire and California, and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Mike is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the California Bar Association section on intellectual property and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Mike’s avocational interests include woodworking, motorcycles, golf, hiking, skiing, and Alaskan Malamutes.

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Robert M. Amici, Ph.D.
Robert M. Amici, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Phone: 603-836-1489
Email: ramici@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis

Bob's practice focuses on patent work, and he has extensive US and foreign patent preparation and prosecution experience in the areas of chemistry, physics, material science, and mechanical engineering. In addition, as a patent agent, Bob also has experience participating in non-infringement and invalidity analyses, freedom-to-operate opinions, and competitive intelligence and landscape reviews.

Bob received his B.S from the College of the Holy Cross and his M.S. and PhD in organic chemistry from Yale University. He worked for 12 years as a research scientist at Rohm and Haas and at Cabot Corporation in the areas of polymer design and synthesis, polymer blends, emulsion polymerization, particle surface modification and dispersion, and small molecule synthesis targeting applications including engineering plastics, food packaging, flexible lighting, carbonaceous materials, tires, pigments and dyes, aqueous and non-aqueous inks and coatings, and inkjet inks.

Over the last 16 years, Bob has been an in-house practicing patent agent at Cabot Corporation and, most recently, at GTAT Corporation, where he was the Intellectual Property Manager managing a diverse patent portfolio that included crystal growth equipment and production methods (particularly for silicon and sapphire), PV cells, ion implantation, CVD reactors and methods, and protective covers for electronic devices.

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MaryDilys S. Anderson, Ph.D. Attorney with focus on: Patent Prosecution, Strategic counseling, Patentability and Freedom-to-operate studies, and Infringement/Validity Opinions.
MaryDilys S. Anderson, Ph.D.

Partner

Phone: 603-782-8356
Email: manderson@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution
Strategic counseling
Patentability and Freedom-to-operate studies
Infringement/Validity Opinions

MaryDilys’s practice is focused on patent prosecution and client counseling. Her areas of expertise include biotechnology, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, and chemistry. MaryDilys’s experience has included protecting therapeutics and diagnostics for cancers and for cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric disorders. She has also worked in materials chemistry to provide protection for paints, adhesives, and diagnostic imaging agents. MaryDilys has experience with patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses, and has provided strategic counseling for a wide range of clients including solo inventors, universities, non-profit foundations, start-up companies, and multinational pharmaceutical corporations. She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.

MaryDilys began her career in intellectual property law at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks in Boston and during her time with that firm she became a patent agent and graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 2004.

Prior to entering intellectual property law, MaryDilys received a Ph.D. in biology/neuroscience from Yale University and completed a 3-year post-doctoral research fellowship in human genetics at Harvard University.

MaryDilys has also worked as a freelance scientific editor and writer for companies such as Motorola, Amersham, Current Protocols, and various book publishers. She also taught biology at Boston College. MaryDilys received her undergraduate degree, with honors, from Oberlin College in 1981.

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Stephen I. Brodsky. Attorney with focus on: Patent Prosecution and Counseling, Patent Analysis, and Trademark Prosecution and Counseling.
Stephen I. Brodsky

Associate

Phone: 603-836-1473
Email: sbrodsky@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis
Trademark Prosecution and Counseling

Stephen’s practice focuses on patents and trademarks. He is skilled in a wide range of electrical, mechanical and optical technologies, including semiconductor materials and manufacturing, optoelectronics, medical devices, analog and digital electronics, Internet-based technology and software architecture. Stephen is also available to conduct patent landscaping and analysis, as well as product clearance and design-around analysis. He also provides trademark counseling.

Stephen is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.

Stephen received his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2011, cum laude, and a B.S. in Engineering Management, magna cum laude, from Miami University in 2008.

While in law school, Stephen was a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Gajarsa of the Federal Circuit. He also successfully competed in the International Trademark Association (INTA) Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Competition, garnering best brief and oralist awards.

Stephen is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and a founding member of the Arthur J. Gajarsa American Inn of Court. He also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, and playing chess.

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Rebecca C. Swanwick. Agent. Focus on Patent Prosecution and Analysis.
Rebecca C. Christon

Associate

Phone: 603-836-1474
Email: rchriston@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Analysis
Trademark Prosecution and Counseling

Rebecca’s practice includes various aspects of patent law, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, patent searching, and claim analysis. Rebecca has patent prosecution experience in technical fields such as polymers, medical devices, mechanical devices, software, and protective apparel. She also provides trademark counseling.

Rebecca received both her Juris Doctor and Masters in Intellectual Property from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2013. Prior to attending law school, she received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire in 2010, where she performed emulsion polymerization research.

While in law school, Rebecca received legal training at a state environmental agency and as a licensing intern in a university technology transfer setting.

She is currently a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.

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Stephen R. Finch. Attorney with focus on: Patent Prosecution and Counseling, Licensing/Agreements, Due Diligence, and Infringement/Validity Opinions.
Stephen R. Finch

Partner

Phone: 603-623-4058
Email: sfinch@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Licensing/Agreements
Due Diligence
Infringement/Validity Opinions

Steve’s practice is directed to obtaining patents and counseling clients with respect to a variety of patent-related issues and technical fields including polymers and plastics, membranes, filtration, water purification, ceramics, catalysts, drug discovery, medical devices, diagnostic instruments, analytical test kits, machinery, paints and varnishes, fuel cells, nanotechnology and business methods. Steve is also experienced in drafting licensing agreements and provides opinion letters regarding patentability and product clearance. Steve also provides trademark and copyright counseling.

From 1983 until 1995 Steve was a principal and employee at Dexsil Corporation where he was involved in a variety of functions including management, sales, marketing and R & D.

Steve received his Juris Doctor and Masters in Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1999 and a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry/biochemistry and math-economics from Colby College in 1983.CLIENT CHOICE 2014. Recognized for excellence in client service.

After law school, Steve was an associate at the firm of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks in Boston. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is admitted to the bars of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Steve has received the 2014 Client Choice Award for excellence in client service.

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Ashlyn Lembree - Of Counsel, at Finch & Maloney. Practice Focus: Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and Licensing and Negotiations.
Ashlyn J. Lembree
Of Counsel

Phone: 603-622-8456
Email: alembree@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Trademark Law
Copyright Law
Licensing and Negotiations

Ashlyn’s practice focuses on trademarks, copyrights, and online brand management in domestic, international, and foreign jurisdictions. She is experienced in all facets of trademark law including registration and litigation as well as appellate, opposition, and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and proceedings under ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy system. Ashlyn is also experienced in copyright registration and intellectual property licensing agreements and other contracts.

In addition to her practice at the firm, Ashlyn is also the Director of the Intellectual Property & Transaction Clinic at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where she teaches in the areas of trademark and copyright law and practice. Prior to joining the firm, Ashlyn worked at two of New Hampshire’s largest general practice firms, where she handled a diverse range of matters involving intellectual property law, public utility law, product liability, environmental law, corporate governance, litigation, transactional work, legislative work, and counseling. Ashlyn frequently lectures on intellectual property to artists and inventors. In addition, she has been consulted as an expert resource by the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as by journalists reporting on numerous intellectual property issues for media outlets such as Entrepreneur magazine and National Public Radio.

Ashlyn received her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 1996. Prior to law school, she earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science at the University of Vermont. Ashlyn is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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Neil F. Maloney. Attorney with focus on: Patent Prosecution and Counseling, Licensing/Agreements, Due Diligence, and Infringement/Validity Opinions.
Neil F. Maloney

Partner

Phone: 603-623-4059
Email: nmaloney@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Licensing/Agreements
Due Diligence
Infringement/Validity Opinions

Neil’s practice focuses on patent based business counseling, including U.S. and foreign patent strategy in a wide variety of technical disciplines such as analog and digital circuitry, communication systems, electromechanical, optoelectronics, semiconductors, green technology, software, and performance materials. Neil also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating intellectual property agreements, and is also available to counsel and provide opinion letters with respect to issues such as infringement, validity, and freedom to operate.

Prior to law school, Neil worked for over 8 years as an electrical engineer, first at Raytheon Company, and then at Lam Research Corporation.

Neil received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1999 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, magna cum laude, from Roger Williams University in 1988.

After law school, Neil was an associate at the firm of Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley and later was in-house patent counsel for the Abrasives Division of Saint-Gobain. He is a member of the state bars of New Hampshire, California and Massachusetts, and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Neil is also a member of American Intellectual Property Law Association as well as the California Bar Association section on intellectual property.

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Michael L. Mathaisel. Patent Attorney. Practice Focus: Patent Prosecution and Counseling and Patent Analysis.
Michael L. Mathaisel

Associate

Phone: 603-836-1471
Email: mmathaisel@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis

Michael’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in the fields of electrical, computer, software, and mechanical engineering.  His background includes over 14 years of pre-law engineering experience, primarily as a software engineer at Walt Disney World Company where he received several patents.

Michael received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2009, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in 1990, and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Boston University in 1994.

After law school, Michael was an associate at the firm of Lando & Anastasi LLP and later at McCarter & English, LLP, both in the Boston area. He is a member of the state bars of New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Michael is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the American Bar Association - Section of Intellectual Property Law, the Boston Patent Law Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc, and The Arthur J. Gajarsa American Inn of Court.

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Patent Attorney, Tom McGinnis. Practice Focus: Patent Counseling and Prosecution, Trademark Prosecution and Counseling, Non-infringement/Validity Opinions.
Thomas J. McGinnis
Partner

Phone: 603-836-1477
Email: tmcginnis@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Counseling and Prosecution
Trademark Prosecution and Counseling
Non-infringement/Validity Opinions

Tom brings a bottom-line focus to the practice of intellectual property law by fashioning legal solutions that fit each client’s needs and budget. These solutions include domestic and international patent applications, reexamination requests, trademark registrations, copyright registration plans, licensing agreements, trade secret protection plans, due diligence support, and opinions regarding infringement, validity, and freedom to operate. Tom crafts each solution to match the client’s present situation and future needs.

Tom’s current and former clients include large multinational corporations, locally owned mid-size companies, independent inventors and Nobel Prize winners. Tom understands a wide variety of technologies including medical devices, computing hardware, software, and consumer products.

Tom has extensive experience in law and technology. Prior to joining Finch & Maloney, Tom worked as an associate and senior associate for Lando & Anastasi in Cambridge, MA. Prior to law school, Tom worked in software development, systems analysis, and implementation for companies including Radiant Systems (acquired by NCR) and Ashland Petroleum. He has personally developed and managed the development of software written for a variety of computing platforms including web servers, cell phones, and specialized computing devices. Tom has experience implementing and integrating enterprise-level applications with existing architectures. He uses the insight gained from nearly a decade of business and technical experience in the software and petroleum industries to maximize his clients’ return on their intellectual property investments.

Tom’s academic achievements include a J.D., magna cum laude, from Franklin Pierce Law Center, an M.B.A. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Computer Science with High Distinction and Departmental Honors from the University of Kentucky. Tom is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts.

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Jonathan R. Raymond. Attorney with focus on: Patent Prosecution, IP Counseling, and Patent Analysis.
Jonathan R. Raymond

Associate

Phone: 603-782-8362
Email: jraymond@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution
IP Counseling
Patent Analysis

Jonathan’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, counseling, and analysis. He has expertise in a number of technical areas, including: optoelectronics and laser-based systems; optical/imaging systems; semiconductor and integrated circuit fabrication; directed energy systems; solid-state lighting systems; electronics; mechanical devices; protective apparel; waste treatment systems; and ceramics and crystals. Jonathan also has experience in patent portfolio and landscape assessment, infringement and design-around analysis, and product clearance.

Jonathan is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts. Also, Jonathan is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association as well as the American Bar Association section on Intellectual Property.

Jonathan received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2009 and his Bachelor’s degree in physics, summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. While in law school, Jonathan served as an editor (2007–2008) and then a board member (2008–2009) for IDEA®: The Intellectual Property Law Review. During law school and prior to joining the firm, Jonathan worked as an intern for Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., of Minneapolis, MN.

Jonathan holds a black belt in judo, is an avid inline hockey player and guitarist, and has been writing poetry for over a decade.

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Kyle F. Schlueter. Attorney with focus on : Patent Counseling and Prosecution, Non-infringement/Validity Opinions, and Licensing and Negotiations.
Kyle F. Schlueter

Partner

Phone: 603-622-8456
Email: kschlueter@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Counseling and Prosecution
Non-infringement/Validity Opinions
Licensing and Negotiations

Kyle’s practice focuses on all aspects of patent law, including strategic counseling and portfolio management for clients ranging from large corporations to small venture-backed startups and individual inventors.  He has substantial patent prosecution experience in a number of technical areas including software, electronics, semiconductor devices, digital marketing, consumer products, medical devices, optics, heavy equipment, and business methods.  Kyle's experience also includes researching and preparing non-infringement opinions and validity studies, and negotiating with opposing parties regarding intellectual property disputes, transactions, and licenses.

Kyle received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law in 2001, and B.S. degrees in Physics and Engineering Physics, magna cum laude, from Oregon State University in 1998.

Prior to joining the firm, Kyle was a partner at Knobbe Martens, and also spent several years teaching English in South Korea. He is admitted to the bar in California and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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Keri E. Sicard
Keri E. Sicard

Associate

Phone: 603-782-7422
Email: kscicard@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis

Keri focuses her practice on patent drafting and prosecution in a broad range of areas in which she has technical expertise, including: electronics, computer software, signal processing, semiconductor devices, thin film materials, mechanical arts, electromechanical systems, networking and communication systems, medical devices, medical imaging, machine vision technology, and gate-level simulation. 

Keri received her Juris Doctor degree from University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2008 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2005.

While attending law school, Keri was a technical specialist at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder in Concord, NH.  After graduating from law school, Keri spent six years at an IP boutique in Concord, NH and then worked in the Boston office of Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg for two years prior to joining Finch & Maloney.  She is a member of the state bar of New Hampshire and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. 

When not practicing law, Keri enjoys racing her stock car at a quarter-mile track in North Woodstock, NH, including assisting with car maintenance and other pit crew duties. 

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Paul Smith Attorney
Paul A. Smith

Associate

Phone: 603-836-1478
Email: psmith@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Preparation and Prosecution
Nanotechnology
Materials Science
Medical Devices
Network Communications
Software

Paul’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in fields as diverse as nanotechnology, materials science, medical devices, network communications, and software.  Paul also advises clients regarding patent portfolio strategy, portfolio management, and patent infringement and invalidity.  Paul’s legal experience includes several years as a patent associate in Fenwick & West’s Silicon Valley office, where he prepared and prosecuted patents, developed patent opinions, and participated in Inter Partes Review proceedings for several Fortune 100 clients. 

Prior to law school, Paul was an engineer for IBM and Energizer Battery, where he managed time-sensitive, multi-million dollar development projects.  This experience enables Paul to understand the technical, commercial, and logistical challenges faced by inventors and businesses. 

Paul has a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  While at Carnegie Mellon, Paul’s education focused primarily on metallic and crystalline systems, including thermodynamics, phase transformations, and the mechanics of metallic fracture from mechanical, chemical, and radiative degredation.  While at Carnegie Mellon, Paul worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Superconductivity Technology Center, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to understand the effect of processing and microstructure on the critical current density of superconductors.

Paul has an M.S. from Cornell University, also in Materials Science and Engineering.  His graduate research focused on polymer physics and polymer nanocomposites.  His research explored the fracture mechanics of polymers reinforced with nanoscale silicate particles.

During his technical education, Paul co-authored over a dozen peer-reviewed technical publications in superconductivity, magnetic materials, and nanotechnology.

Paul received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire School of Law) where he served as chief articles editor for the Pierce Law Review.  During this time he also served as intern with the Dartmouth College Office of the General Counsel. He is admitted to the bar in Vermont and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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Attorney David Soucy
David R. Soucy

Associate

Phone: 603-836-1472
Email: dsoucy@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution
IP Counseling
Patent Analysis

David’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in the fields of mechanical technologies, semiconductors, and software.  He is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the state bar of New Hampshire. 

David has over eight years of engineering experience with the Department of Navy.  David’s initial assignment was as a mechanical engineer with the Combat Systems Division at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  He was responsible for field engineering services in the areas of mechanical launching and handling weapon systems for Los Angeles and Virginia Class fast attack submarines.  More recently and prior to joining the firm, David was the Combat System Electronics Division Engineering Supervisor at the Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning and Procurement (SUBMEPP) organization, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).  David was responsible for combat systems electronic equipment life-cycle maintenance for all classes of navy submarines.

David has also worked as a contract Patent Analyst for Landon IP, Inc., where he performed strategic prior-art searches to assess the patentability of international applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.  David has also drafted patentability opinions.

David earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2009 and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2003.

David is a member of the intellectual property section of the New Hampshire Bar Association.
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Attorney Shannon M. Vittengl
Shannon M. Vittengl

Associate

Phone: 603-836-1475
Email: svittengl@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution
IP Portfolio Management
Clearance and patentability opinions
Design Patents

Shannon’s practice focuses on several areas of patent law including patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate studies, patentability opinions, client counseling, and domestic and foreign portfolio management. Shannon’s areas of technical expertise include mechanical devices, medical devices, consumer products and athletic products. Shannon has assisted numerous athletic companies in the development of new products in crowded patent areas. She also has experience with counseling numerous consumer product companies regarding U.S. and foreign design patent filing strategies. She has advised a student-originated start-up company on various patent matters.

Shannon received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001 and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2007.

As an engineer, Shannon worked as a Mechanical Systems Intern at General Electric’s Corporate Research and Development Center where she conducted design projects and test studies for refrigeration products. She has worked for GE Silicones as a Reliability Engineering Co-op where she assisted with projects that increased equipment efficiency and decreased maintenance costs. Shannon also was employed at Turner Construction, working as a Preconstruction Engineer and budgeting upcoming projects.

Shannon began her career in intellectual property law at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks in Boston in 2002. Shannon is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.


 

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