2020 was a year unlike any other. While we celebrate countless innovations, many of which helped confront a global health crisis, we acknowledge the unprecedented challenges faced by so many. As the year draws to a close, we present the below reflection on both the accomplishments and the lessons taken from 2020. We look forward to your continued partnership as we work together to keep innovation moving forward. We wish you all the best in 2021.
Patent applications are time consuming. The process requires meticulous attention to detail when crafting a detailed description and claims for the innovative product or process being patented. Currently, automated patent drafting tools exist but our attorneys concluded they did not improve efficiency or quality. For this reason, we decided instead of buying a program we would build our own.
A dedicated team at Polsinelli – Simon G. Booth, Counsel, Lead Developer of PatentCAD, Gregory P. Durbin, Practice Chair, Thomas M. Isaacson, Vice Practice Chair, Shelton W. Austin, Shareholder and Brian K. McKnight, Shareholder – used their collective years of experience to design, build and implement a new Artificial Intelligence tool that maximizes efficiency and quality while elevating client service.
Designed exclusively in-house and hosted by Polsinelli servers, PatentCAD provides a secure and efficient first-step in the patent drafting process that allows our attorneys more time to focus on strategy and claims analysis.
Women in IP Program
The Polsinelli IP Department continued to support the building of a community among tech-oriented women, including IP attorneys and their professional colleagues, with our Women in IP collaboration program. The WIP program has also seen an increase in cross-practice collaboration with Kathryn T. Allen (Privacy and Cybersecurity) and Iliana L. Peters (HIPAA). Increased cross-practice collaboration facilitates a greater sense of community and support among the women in all practices, leading to greater retention among diverse individuals.
Read more about our WIP program participants:
- Learn how Intellectual Property attorney Tara A. Nealey, Ph.D., transformed her career from neuroscientist to Practice Chair of Polsinelli’s Biotechnology and Life Sciences Patent Prosecution practice, leading a team of attorneys, patent agents and scientists specializing in IP and the full range of life science technologies. Also, learn about what she enjoys doing in her free time, such as beekeeping, here.
- Melissa Harwood, Ph.D., joined our Biotechnology and Life Sciences Patent Prosecution practice in the Seattle office.
- Rhiannon D’Agostin helped several not-for-profit foundations fund groundbreaking research for rare genetic disorders, while also protecting their interests in any resulting intellectual property.
- The firm recently welcomed Michelle L. McMullen, Ph.D., to our Biotech & Life Science Patent Prosecution practice in the Chicago and Raleigh office. To introduce Michelle to the firm and learn more about her practice, we asked Michelle a few questions.
- Taryn Elliott, as Design Practice Chair, launched Polsinelli’s new Product Design & User Interface practice group.
- Teri H.P. Nguyen obtained a rare grant of interlocutory appeal and briefed appellate arguments to the Federal Circuit. Teri was also appointed Secretary of the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys.
- Rebecca C.E. McFayden, Ph.D., joined our Biotechnology and Life Sciences Patent Prosecution practice in the Miami office.
- Principal Margaux A. Savee was an invited speaker on several panels, including “Patents at the PTAB: How the Times Have Changed (or Not)” at IPWatchdog CON2020. Margaux was also an invited lecturer and published a paper entitled, “An Overview of Post-Grant Proceedings and Recent Developments” at the Patent Law Institute’s Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop.
- LaTasha (Tasha) Snipes joined our Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation practice in the Houston office.
- Andrea M. Porterfield merged her trademark, patent and licensing experience in a consultative manner to help land a major new client in a breakthrough technology sector seeking to protect IP in the U.S. and abroad. Andrea also manages one of the firm’s larger client’s intellectual property portfolios totaling more than 1,100 active trademark registrations.
- Tam Thanh Pham oversaw the preparation and filing of more than 200 patent applications in the U.S. and foreign countries, including Australia, Canada, China, the European Patent Office, India, Japan and South Korea. Tam also ran the mentorship program for more than 200 participants as Mentorship Committee Chair of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.
- Kathryn T. Allen was recently recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as Up and Coming in her field for her innovative “Startup Toolkit” which provides low-cost legal support for startups to protect their IP.
Be on the lookout for virtual events and podcasts in 2021.
Polsinelli Launches the Product Design and User Interface Practice
In November, we announced the creation of a new Product Design & User Interface practice group led by Taryn Elliott. In recent years, visual impression and user experience have become an increasingly distinguishing factor in the marketplace. We partner with our clients to add value and expand the scope of coverage through complementary design patent, utility patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright filings.