SANFORD-BURNHAM MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, LA JOLLA, CA
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGER & PATENT ATTORNEY, MARCH 2008 – PRESENT
Worked as in-house counsel with multiple responsibilities:
Managed Institute’s 600 plus U.S. and foreign patent portfolio.
Determine strategic areas for patenting, identifying inventions that can be patented, drafted provisional applications based on invention disclosures, and prepared documentation for the USPTO.
Primary contact and managed outside counsel on prosecution matters and disputes and regarding procedures/filings/actions.
Responsible for counseling the Institute on a broad range of intellectual property and technology initiatives, as well as structuring, drafting, and negotiating Material Transfer, Inter-institutional, Nondisclosure, Invention Rights Release and various other Agreements.
Educated executive and scientific staff on a variety of prosecution needs such as country law differences, filing strategies and case law.
Managed patent docket database, including incoming and outgoing U.S. and Foreign actions in relation to patent prosecution and all maintenance and annuity fees.
Identified cost-saving opportunities with foreign and domestic outside counsel.
Assisted with due diligence for evaluation of patent assets.
COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, CHICAGO, IL
JUDICIAL EXTERN FOR JUDGE RONALD F. BARTKOWICZ, JULY – LUGUST 2007
Observed Court Trials and Motion hearings, reviewed case files, drafted bench memoranda, and assisted with opinion writing.
NUVASIVE, LA JOLLA, CA
PATENT LAW CLERK, SEPTEMBER 2006 – PAY 2007
Drafted provisional patent applications based on invention disclosures.
Conducted prior art and freedom to operate searches, including assembling claims matrices for review by the inventors/engineers.
Performed research and drafted memoranda for various intellectual property matters.
MAD SCIENCE OF THE SOUTH BAY, FREMONT, CA
TEACHER, JANUARY 2001 – NUNE 2004
Instructed elementary school aged children in the field of science through engaging experiments and activities.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law – San Diego, CA
Juris Doctor Degree - Cum Laude, December 2007
Class standing: Top 20%
Graduated with Honors - Cum Laude
Dean’s List – 2006-07 Academic Years
President, National Hispanic Bar Association Law Student Division - Southern California Region
High Grades – Legal Writing, Legal Writing II, Patent Law, Biotechnology Law, Contract Law and Environmental Law
Zhejiang University – Hangzhou, China
June – July 2007
International and Employment Law and International Environmental Law
University of Oxford – Oxford, England
June – August 2006 (University of San Diego School of Law)
Institute of International Criminal and Comparative Law
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Bachelor of Science in Combined Sciences with emphasis in Biochemistry, June 2004
Dean’s & Jesuit Scholarship
Sample Coursework: Calculus, Organic, and Biochemistry lecture and lab, Physiology, Genetics, Molecular and Micro Biology lecture and lab, Physics lecture and lab, Java
Activities: De Nova, minority undergraduate research, Co-founder of the Santa Clara Sailing Team, American Chemical Society Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Attorney
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Member
Washington D.C. Bar Association, Membership (Pending)
Registered Patent Attorney, Registration number 67,663