I am writing this statement to express my interest in becoming a General Director of SABA-DC for 2018.
I am currently Patent Counsel at HP Inc. with over fourteen years of experience in patent application preparation, patent application prosecution, patent counseling, transactional matters, and litigation matters. Prior to HP Inc., I was in private practice for about thirteen years. During this time, I worked for a mid-sized law firm and two patent boutiques. I also successfully founded and ran my own patent boutique for over six years. I am also a former patent examiner in the polymers and fuels technology areas. My technical experience includes undergraduate research on drug delivery systems and working as an engineering intern at Fortune 500 chemical and pharmaceutical companies. I earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 2000 and a JD from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire School of Law) in 2003.
I am currently Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Women in IP Committee and I am also currently the Vice Chair of the Diversity Committee for the PTAB Bar Association.
Last year I founded the Push Forward subcommittee for the IPO Women in IP committee. The main goal of this subcommittee is to encourage the retention of women in the legal profession. Under my leadership of the Push Forward subcommittee for the IPO Women in IP committee since last year, my subcommittee and I have created toolkits and white papers on topics like Implicit Bias, Speaking with Influence, Vague Feedback, and Work-Life Balance. Some of these materials can be accessed here - http://www.ipo.org/index.php/publications/member-articles-journal/ipo-law-journal-businessand-litigation-issues-section/.
This year I have spoken on topics varying from Tips on Best Practices in Ex Parte Appeals before the PTAB (for SABA-DC) to Implicit Bias & Ethical Duties of Lawyers (for IPO during the IPO Annual Meeting).
Given my current position as in-house counsel, my diverse legal experience, and my involvement with other highly respected organizations (e.g., IPO), I can add great value to SABA-DC. Some of the ways I can see myself contributing to SABA-DC as a General Director include, but are not limited to - (i) providing my in-house perspective on diversity/legal issues and (ii) collaborating with highly respected organizations like IPO on diversity goals/objectives and/or events.
I look forward to contributing to SABA-DC in the coming year.