am passionate about helping private inventors and small
businesses get the intellectual property legal help that they
need. My father is an inventor who had many of his inventions
stolen. I recall him trying to get a patent attorney to help,
but it was intimidating and very expensive. When I worked for
law firms, I found we couldn't really offer much to the
struggling inventor who didn't have at least ten to fifteen
thousand dollars to pay for a patent. I founded our firm with
the goal to educate, answer questions and keep our fees within
reach of the private inventor and small business.
I received my B.S. Degree in Physics and a M.S. in Science
Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. I
received my JD with Honors from Drake University Law School.
I worked as an intellectual property associate with the law
firm of Ostrolenk, Faber, Gerb & Soffen, P.A. in Manhattan.
I worked on a wide variety of mechanical, electrical, computer
and internet patents while at Ostrolenk. Some representative
clients included Chase, Olympus, Fuji Electric, Mitsubishi
Motors and International Rectifier. I am admitted to practice
before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and am a
member of the New York State Bar where I am admitted to practice
in Federal Court in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of
New York (not admitted in the State of Iowa).
I worked in a research laboratory on several industry
sponsored programs designing and building thin film quantum
display devices. I taught physics both in high school and at
college. I was a consultant helping to integrate technology into
the classroom. I have also worked with major corporations such
as Texaco and International Paper to develop linkages between
industry and education.