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About Me

Technology
I have always loved computers. In college, I studied Bioinformatics and Russian. During that time I participated in some fascinating projects that helped me to see how technology will play an increasingly important role in the future. These projects gave me the chance to apply many of the world’s cutting-edge bioinformatics methods to solve important problems. For example, a few years after shotgun sequencing was used to complete the sequencing of the human genome, I implemented the concept for a class project. Additionally, through a part-time on-campus programming job and a personal website, I discovered a love of web development. When I graduated, my programming skills allowed me to make contributions in the Gygi Lab at Harvard Medical School as a Bioinformatics Specialist. The Gygi lab is world-renowned in mass spectrometry proteomic identification. During my time there, I worked with a diverse team of scientists to tackle complex problems. My favorite contribution was transitioning an old lab software tool into a modular version. I still love learning about and using new technology.

Law
I eventually decided to go to a law school an hour north of Boston by the name of Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord NH. As a 1L, I enjoyed a number of different classes including Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Legal Writing. My 2L year was one of the busiest times of my life. I was a TA for the 1L Legal Writing course, I started the blog "A Budding Patent Lawyer's Perspective." I competed in the Freedom of Religion Moot Court competition in D.C. and I was an Editor on IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review. I was also a member of the student organization Patent Law Forum. It was a lot of fun though. After my 2L year, I worked at BYU's tech transfer office mostly focusing on assessing the patentability of the university's technology. This involved reading through the invention disclosure, talking to the inventors and otherwise becoming familiar with the invention to determine patentability. I also performed some trademark registration. My 3L year included participation in the Amicus Brief Clinic, where we wrote an amicus brief in favor of the reversal of Judge Sweet's Myriad decision. I was also the Communications Director for the Patent Law Forum student organization, a Senior Editor on the intellectual property law review IDEA and a research assistant for Ann McCrackin. My final semester I externed at a small biotech company in Cambridge Ma, Anchor Therapeutics. I really enjoyed my time there, doing a whole host of things for my supervisor including drafting and modifying licenses, patent applications and agreements (material transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements). I also researched current intellectual property topics relevant to the company including: patent-eligible subject matter, international patent filing, patent term adjustments, inequitable conduct, claim scope, and Stanford v. Roche. And I presented a seminar on free patent searching tools. I also did some unexpected things like revising the company's employee handbook to conform to Massachusetts labor law and bid for patent translation services.

For the past couple years, I have been working at a patent boutique law firm in Alexandria where I work with a wide range of technologies from mechanical, computer and electrical engineering technologies to software and business methods.

Recently, I started a side project called PatentBoardFerret.com. The website is a user-friendly interface for accessing PTAB/BPAI decisions in a way that organizes decisions based on the authority (i.e., precedential, informative, final), by the decision's type (regular appeal, reexamination, rehearing, reissue, remand, inter partes review, covered business method, etc), and provides each decided issue (i.e., 101, 102, 103, 112) along with the disposition of the case (i.e., affirmed, reversed, etc). Very simply, this website can be a very useful lookup tool, especially if you want to look up specific type of data (by art unit, by disposition, by rejection, by type of decision). Also, the website can be used for looking at the aggregate data for trends, patterns, etc. Knowing that you're a seasoned prosecutor, I wanted to tell you about this project first-hand. I'd love to hear what you think about it.

Person
I am the oldest of five and come from a tight-knit family. I am married to the love of my life. I enjoy physical activity: playing sports, going hiking, running, and long-boarding. I also love reading good literature. I am a fighter; I have lived in many different environments (Alaska, Utah, Russia, Washington, Boston, and New Hampshire) and have overcome a lot of challenges.