Andrus Intellectual Property Law

Andrus Intellectual Property Law

Established in 1939, Andrus is the longest-operating intellectual property law firm in the State of Wisconsin.

Firm Overview

Our distinguished history evidences our ability to adapt to, and operate in, complex and rapidly changing business and technical environments. Our mission is to continue to provide our clients with experienced intellectual property counsel and the latest methodologies regarding the procurement, management, and protection of intellectual property rights.

We invest significant time and resources in staying up-to-date on current technologies, the global economy and the state of individual industries. We have experience and expertise in:

Practice Areas
-Patents
-Trademarks
-Copyrights
-Litigation
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Biology
-Biochemistry
-Biomedical Engineering
-Biotechnology
-Chemistry
-Civil Engineering
-Computers
-Electrical Engineering
-Electronics
-Fluid Dynamics
-Mechanical Engineering
-Medical Devices
-Metallurgical Engineering
-Molecular Biology and Genetics
-Pharmaceuticals
-Physics
-Software
Main Office
Main Office
100 East Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee  WI  53202
Phone
  • 414-271-7590
Websites
Intellectual Property
ndrus provides a diverse range of IP procurement and portfolio management services.
We also operate throughout the rest of the world through professional associates. Our range of services covers the entire suite of IP rights including patents, trademarks, copyrights, litigation, and trade secrets.

We are practiced in managing extensive intellectual property portfolios for Fortune 50 and 500 companies, major universities, and research centers. We operate with a commercial focus so that our clients can make timely and cost-effective decisions regarding management of their intellectual property. We invest significant time and resources in staying up-to-date on current technologies, the world-wide economy and the state of individual industries.

We have experience and expertise in:

Practice Areas
-Patents
-Trademarks
-Copyrights
-Litigation
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Biology
-Biochemistry
-Biomedical Engineering
-Biotechnology
-Chemistry
-Civil Engineering
-Computers
-Electrical Engineering
-Electronics
-Fluid Dynamics
-Mechanical Engineering
-Medical Devices
-Metallurgical Engineering
-Molecular Biology and Genetics
-Pharmaceuticals
-Physics
-Software

Ryann H. Beck

Ryann H. Beck is a registered patent attorney and associate at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Ryann focuses her practice on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and litigation services for all intellectual property matters.

Ryann has experience prosecuting patents relating to a variety of technology areas, including medical devices, medical patient monitoring and treatment technologies, computer software and hardware, electrical and electronic circuits and systems, as well as mechanical devices.

In addition, Ryann has experience in patent and trademark litigation at both the district and appellate court levels and trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Ryann has assisted clients through all phases of litigation, including pre-filing investigations and analysis, drafting of complaints and answers, discovery, claim construction, motions practice, summary judgment, trial, post-trial motions practice, and appellate court proceedings. In addition, Ryann counsels clients through the negotiations process of settlement agreements, licenses, co-existence agreements, and the like.

Ryann joined the firm in July 2010 after receiving her juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School (cum laude). While at Marquette, Ryann was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Review and the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team, and also served as President of the International Law Society. Ryann is the author of a law review article regarding international intellectual property issues facing farmers, titled "Farmers' Rights and Open Source Licensing," which published in the Spring 2011 edition of the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.

Prior to attending law school, Ryann earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology (2003). As an engineer, Ryann worked for more than four years in the area of bio-signal processing, first as an intern at NASA Johnson Space Center and then as a neural signal analyst at Impulse Monitoring, Inc.

Ryann is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Wisconsin and Milwaukee Bar Associations, and the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association.

Representative Cases:
-SO BRIGHT LLC v. Loving Pets Corporation, No. 1:13-cv-00510-WCG (E.D. Wis.). Represented So Bright in trademark infringement case that the parties settled.
-VENETIAN NAILS LLC v. Trieu LLC, No. 2:12-cv-00128-CNC (E.D. Wis.), TTAB Cancellation Proceeding No. 92055298. Represented Venetian Nails LLC in trademark infringement matters that the parties settled.
-THE SPEARMINT RHINO COMPANIES WORLDWIDE, INC. v. Cuginos Entertainment, LLC, 2:12-cv-00866-CNC (E.D. Wis.). Represented Spearmint Rhino in trademark infringement case that the parties settled.
-Generac Power Systems, Inc. v. Kohler Company and TOTAL ENERGY SYSTEMS LLC, No. 2:11-cv-01120-JPS (E.D. Wis.), Appellate Case No. 13-1311 (Fed. Cir.). Represented defendant Total Energy Systems, LLC in district court patent infringement case before Hon. J.P. Stadtmueller and the subsequent appeal.
-Conrad, et al. v. Bendewald, et al., No. 3:11-cv-00305-BBC (W.D. Wis.), Appellate Case No. 12-2871 (7th. Cir.). Represented defendant Silver Edge Systems Software, Inc. against copyright claims, where the district court found for defendants on summary judgment and such finding was upheld by the appellate court.
-NATIONAL PASTEURIZED EGGS, INC., et al. v. Michael Foods, Inc., et. al., Nos. 3:10-cv-00646-WMC and 3:11-cv-00534-WMC (W.D. Wis.). Represented National Pasteurized Eggs ("NPE") in patent case before Hon. William M. Conley involving pasteurized in-shell eggs, where a jury found NPE's patents valid and infringed and found defendants' patents-in-suit invalid, awarding approximately $6 million in damages to NPE.
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2010

Gary A. Essmann

Gary A. Essmann is a registered patent attorney and of counsel to Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Gary focuses his practice on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and litigation services for all intellectual property matters.

Gary received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Marquette University in 1969, a master of science degree in physics from Marquette University in 1976 and a juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School in 1978.

Gary is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Gary is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Sections on Litigation and Intellectual Property Law), the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (Secretary-Treasurer, 1989-91), and the Milwaukee Bar Association. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University.

Practice Areas
-Local Counsel
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright
-Litigation
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical

Education
-Marquette University (B.S. Physics, 1969)
-Marquette University (M.S. Physics, 1976)
-Marquette University Law School (J.D., 1978)
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1978

William L. Falk, Patent Agent

William L. Falk is a registered patent agent at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Bill's practice involves U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, and advising clients on the protection of their inventions. Bill has extensive experience working with many products, including electromechanical controls, construction materials, HVAC apparatus, petrochemical processing equipment, hand tools, emergency vehicle seating, paper cup machinery, packaging, furniture products, beverage-dispensing equipment and exercise equipment.

Before joining Andrus, Bill served as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also served as a patent agent at Foley & Lardner and Quales & Brady law firms, and as an in-house patent practitioner at Koehring Co., Rexnord Corporation and Quad Graphics, Inc.

Bill received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in 1971, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Technology Areas
-Mechanical

Education
-Marquette University (B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1971)

Bar and Court Admissions
-United States Patent & Trademark Office, Registered Patent Agent

Daniel D. Fetterley

Daniel D. Fetterley is a registered patent attorney and of counsel to Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Dan's practice is directed primarily to patent and trademark prosecution before the U.S. and foreign patent and trademark offices for domestic and overseas clients. He has worked in a wide range of mechanical and electrical areas, including complex motor control and medical device technologies.

Dan received a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Purdue University, a bachelor of laws degree from Indiana University, and a master of laws degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Dan is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the Supreme Court of Indiana, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dan is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association, serving on the Council of that Section from 1985 to 1989. Dan is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and a member and former president of the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (WIPLA). He is also a member of the Association for the International Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), where he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Group since 1986 and is currently an Emeritus member of that committee.

Dan is the author of several publications in the intellectual property law field.

Practice Areas
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical
-Electrical/Software

Education
-Purdue University (B.S. Engineering)
-Indiana University (LL.B.)
-The John Marshall Law School in Chicago (LL.M.)

Bar and Court Admissions
-United States Patent & Trademark Office
-Supreme Court of Wisconsin
-State Bar of Indiana
Education
  • The John Marshall Law School in Chicago
    LL.M.

Emily M. Hinkens

Emily M. Hinkens is a registered patent attorney and associate at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Emily focuses her practice on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement. She researches patentability and infringement issues, and provides clients with counseling and written patentability and clearance opinions accordingly.

A good portion of Emily's patent experience includes mechanical technologies, including engines and related control systems, filters, and orthopedic medical devices. Emily also focuses her practice on obtaining both utility and design patent protection for wearable apparel and consumer packaged goods.

Emily joined the firm after receiving a juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School in 2011 (summa cum laude). While at Marquette, Emily served as technology editor of the Marquette Law Review, the same journal in which she published her article "Patent Term Adjustment and Terminal Disclaimers: Are the Terms of Patents Being Decided Ad Hoc?" in the fall of 2010.

Prior to attending Marquette, Emily obtained a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University in 2007 (cum laude). She then worked for a local surveying and engineering company before beginning a career in law.

Emily is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Wisconsin Bar Association.

Practice Areas
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright

Technology Areas
-Mechanical

Education
-Northwestern University (B.S. Civil Engineering, cum laude, 2007)
-Marquette University Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, 2011)

Bar and Court Admissions
-Supreme Court of Wisconsin
-United States Patent & Trademark Office
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2011

Peter T. Holsen

Peter T. Holsen is a partner and registered patent attorney at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Peter counsels domestic and international clients of all sizes regarding patent, trademark and copyright law. On a part-time basis, he has served as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company, working closely with general counsel and engineering management to formulate competitive intellectual property strategies and build a strategic patent portfolio that protects the client's core technology.

Peter has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications and drafting technology agreements. He also routinely provides clients with patentability analyses and opinions regarding patent and trademark infringement and validity.

As a registered patent attorney, Peter has worked with a wide variety of mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies, including engines and related control systems, fluid systems, medical imaging systems, oil and gas extraction and production technologies, robotic milking apparatus, food processing equipment, medical patient monitoring and treatment technologies, water and wastewater recovery and treatment devices, materials handling equipment, and mechanical tools.

In 2014, Peter was one of a select group of U.S. attorneys named to the BTI Client Service All-Stars list, which recognizes innovative attorneys that leverage market changes to stand out with corporate counsel and deliver superior client service. Peter was selected for inclusion in the 2014 IAM Patent 1000 as a top patent practitioner in Wisconsin and was selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Peter is a participant in and has been a contributing author for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), an international organization dedicated to the development and improvement of intellectual property. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and its section of Intellectual Property Law, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Milwaukee Bar Association.

Peter received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Marquette University in 1996 and a juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School in 2002. While attending law school, Peter was Editor-in-Chief of the Marquette University Law School Intellectual Property Law Review, for which he also authored a comment entitled: ICANN'T Do It Alone: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and Content-Based Problems on the Internet. Peter was an Evans Scholar at Marquette University, where he served on the Chapter Board. Prior to law school, Peter served as an engineer at a multi-national engineering and consulting firm where he designed and managed several large-scale engineering projects at electrical, petrochemical and chemical facilities.

Peter is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Practice Areas
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical
-Electrical/Software

Education
-Marquette University College of Engineering (B.S. Civil Engineering, 1996)
-Marquette University Law School (J.D., 2002)
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2002

Benjamin R. Imhoff

Benjamin R. Imhoff is a registered patent attorney and partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Ben concentrates his practice on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement. He works with clients to identify intellectual property strategies that complement and achieve business goals. Ben is experienced in preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also represents clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Ben helps clients to avoid legal conflict by counseling clients with non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions. When legal conflicts do develop, Ben is experienced in resolving these conflicts through licensing and other business agreements.

Ben's experience primarily includes working in the medical technology field, in which he has experience with mechanical therapy devices, electrical patient monitoring systems, and software-implemented imaging, data analysis, and communication systems. He also has experience in a variety of other electrical and mechanical applications such as electrical sensors, water filtration, automotive accessories, laboratory equipment, and hydrocarbon extraction.

Ben received a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering from Marquette University in 2003 (cum laude). While at Marquette, he conducted research in the field of medical imaging in conjunction with the FDA, and co-authored the research paper "Noise in Flat-Panel Displays with Sub-Pixel Structure," Medical Physics 31(4), 2004. Ben received a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006 (cum laude). In law school, he competed in the Giles Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition.

Ben was selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in 2009.


Ben is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Ben is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and its Young Lawyers Committee. Ben also represents Andrus in the International Trademark Association (INTA), where he serves on the Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee.

Practice Areas
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical
-Electrical/Software

Education
-Marquette University College of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering, minor in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, 2003)
-University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2006)
Education
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2006

Joseph J. Jochman

Joseph Jochman is a registered patent attorney and of counsel to Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Joe's practice covers a broad range of domestic and international intellectual property matters for an extensive client base including heavy machinery, consumer products, and manufacturing processes in diverse industries, such as paper converting, packaging, material handling, consumer electronics, office equipment and business systems. His practice focuses primarily on patent and trademark prosecution and includes extensive experience in drafting and assisting clients in the negotiation of licensing and technology transfer agreements. In more than 40 years of practice, Joe has had in-depth exposure to a great variety of mechanical technologies, electronic control technologies, inorganic chemistry developments, and process technology.

Joe received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1962 and a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1966.

Joe is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Approximately half of Joe's career, prior to joining Andrus, was devoted to in-house corporate practice in the patent departments of two Fortune 500 companies.

Practice Areas
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical
-Electrical/Software

Education
-University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S. Civil Engineering, 1962)
-University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1966)
Education
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1966

Joseph D. Kuborn

Joseph D. Kuborn is a registered patent attorney and partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Joe focuses his practice on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and strategic analysis related to product development and discoveries. He is experienced in the areas of intellectual property enforcement and infringement studies. He also counsels clients on trade secret protection and copyrights and has experience with drafting and negotiating technology transfers, license agreements, and confidentiality agreements. Joe has prepared, filed and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications and provides infringement, novelty and right-to-use opinions.

Joe has worked with a wide variety of technologies, including medical devices, medical monitoring technologies and equipment, RF technology, wireless communication devices, utility metering equipment, computer software and hardware, plastic film handling, smoke detecting devices, home heating system controls, car wash operational controls, home stand-by power systems, internet-related business methods and software, office furniture designs, and sporting equipment.

Joe has been featured in Chambers USA as an Up and Coming attorney in the field of Intellectual Property. In 2011, Chambers said Joe "is the 'master of writing patents,'" according to interviewees. "He wins particular praise for his 'understanding of product design concepts.'" In 2012, Chambers said Joe "is described as 'practical, budget-minded and very responsive,' and also elicits praise for his 'rational, levelheaded' attitude to matters. He handles both domestic and cross-border patent and trademark prosecution, and has vast experience of working with products in a variety of technology arenas."

Joe was selected for inclusion in the 2013 and 2014 editions of the IAM Patent 1000 as a top patent practitioner in Wisconsin, was selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Editions in 2006, 2007 and 2009, and was selected for inclusion in Managing Intellectual Property's inaugural edition of IP Stars in 2013. Joe is ranked AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0 by his peers on Martindale-Hubbell.

Joe received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1991 (with honors) and a juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School in 1995 (cum laude). While at Marquette, Joe was a member of the Marquette Law Review (1994-95) and participated in the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Society.

Joe is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Joe is a member of the American Bar Association and its section of Intellectual Property Law, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (WIPLA), and the Milwaukee Bar Association. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Prior to joining Andrus, Joe worked in the legal departments of Eaton Corporation and Johnson Controls.

Practice Areas
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical
-Electrical/Software

Education
-University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (B.S. Electrical Engineering, with honors,1991)
-Marquette University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1995)
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1995

Christopher R. Liro

Christopher R. Liro is a registered patent attorney and non-equity partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law. Chris focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation in federal district and appellate courts, as well as at the International Trade Commission, and on intellectual property transactions including licenses, joint development agreements, and dispute resolution. Chris sits on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section.

Chris has litigated patent, trademark, and copyright disputes involving wireless communications, medical devices, semiconductor manufacturing, automotive components, packaging and manufacturing, architectural plans, and product labeling for clients including Douglas Dynamics, Door Peninsula Winery, Research In Motion, C.R. Bard, Zimmer, Seaquist Closures, Bank of America and Pylon Manufacturing. He manages and executes all aspects of litigation, including developing litigation and settlement/licensing strategies; conducting discovery and motion practice; assessing client and competitor intellectual property assets and litigation-related risks; negotiating litigation and settlement positions; representing clients at hearings and trials; and partnering with in-house counsel and business and technical staff.

Chris received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon honor societies, and received his master of science degree in civil engineering from the same institution in 1991. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000 (magna cum laude), where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, the recipient of the Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award, and a contributing editor to the University of Michigan Law Review. Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 2000-2001. Prior to joining Andrus, Chris was an intellectual property litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.

Chris is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Chris also represents clients on a pro bono basis before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit through the Federal Circuit Bar Association Veterans Pro Bono Program.

Practice Areas
-Local Counsel
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright
-Litigation
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical
-Electrical/Software

Education
-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., Civil Engineering, 1990)
-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., Civil Engineering, 1991)
-University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000)
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2000

M. Scott McBride, Ph.D.

M. Scott McBride, Ph.D. is a partner and registered patent attorney at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Scott focuses his practice on domestic and international patent prosecution and enforcement. Scott also provides counseling and opinion work related to freedom-to-operate, non-infrngement and patent invalidity.

Scott has legal expertise related to the patentability of genes, polypeptides, antibodies, diagnostic methods, new chemical entities, pharmaceutical formulations, vaccines, treatment methods, food products, cosmetic products, animal feed products, filtration technology, aquarium technology, and point of purchase display technology. In addition to his legal experience, Scott has over ten years experience as a research scientist, and has co-authored articles in scientific journals including the JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY, RNA, MOLECULAR CELLULAR BIOLOGY, and GENE.

Scott is also an Adjunct Professor at Marquette University Law School where he teaches courses in intellectual property law.

Scott received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry with a minor in chemistry from Colorado State University in 1990 (Dean's List, 1987-1990), a doctorate degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and a juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School in 2002 (summa cum laude, 1st of 179).

Scott is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Practice Areas
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical
-Biotechnology
-Chemistry/Pharmaceutical

Education
-Colorado State University (B.S. Biochemistry, minor in Chemistry, 1990) (Dean's List (1987-1990))
-University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1996)
-Marquette University (J.D., summa cum laude (1st of 179), 2002)
Education
  • Marquette University
    Juris Doctorate , 2002

Aaron T. Olejniczak

Aaron T. Olejniczak is a registered patent attorney and partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Aaron handles a wide variety of intellectual property disputes, concentrating on patent and trademark litigation at both the district and appellate court levels, post-grant patent challenges such as inter partes review and ex parte reexamination before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Highlights of his recent litigation work include serving as lead counsel for a Milwaukee-based manufacturer in a patent jury trial in the Western District of Wisconsin and successfully arguing the corresponding appellate case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Aaron has also served as co-lead counsel for a Chicago-based consumer products company in a patent jury trial in the Western District of Wisconsin, served as co-lead counsel for a Green Bay-based manufacturer in a patent litigation case where the team obtained a preliminary injunction against the opposing party, and served as lead counsel in a trademark infringement case in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Green Bay Division, in which the team obtained a favorable summary judgment on the issues of liability and damages. Aaron has served clients in many other patent, trademark and copyright infringement suits both in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

In addition, Aaron has an active local counsel practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, where he partners with lead counsel and leverages his expertise in the local courts to provide well-rounded, yet cost-effective, representation for the client. Representative local counsel clients include Nutraceutical Corporation, ScentAir Technologies, Inc., and Lodsys, LLC.

Aaron is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and many other federal district courts.

In addition to his litigation practice, Aaron serves clients in U.S. and international patent prosecution and counsels clients on all patent, trademark and copyright concerns. Aaron provides infringement, novelty and right-to-use opinions in a wide variety of technology areas.

Aaron was selected for inclusion in the 2013 and 2014 editions of the IAM Patent 1000 as a top patent litigation and transactions practitioner in Wisconsin and was selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters' 2013 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. In addition, Aaron was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 and was included in the Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Editions from 2008 through 2012.

Aaron received a bachelor of science degree in pre-professional studies in science and business, focusing on biology and accounting, from the University of Notre Dame in 1998. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2002, where he was a member of the Patent Moot Court Team and the President of the Intellectual Property Student Organization.

Aaron serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association and the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association, and is the Wisconsin Chair of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association's Facilities Committee. Aaron is also an active member of the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Thomas E. Fairchild American Inn of Court, the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and Serjeant's Inn.

Practice Areas
-Local Counsel
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright
-Litigation
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical
-Biotechnology

Education
-University of Notre Dame (B.S. Pre-Professional Studies in Science and Business [Biology and Accounting], 1998)
-University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2002)
Education
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2002

Christopher M. Scherer

Christopher M. Scherer is a registered patent attorney and partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Chris concentrates his practice on domestic and international patent prosecution and enforcement, particularly for electrical and electronic circuits and systems, computer software, medical devices, device fabrication, optical devices and systems, medical patient monitoring and treatment technology, mechanical devices, as well as various fields of design patents.

Chris is an active member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). Chris was appointed to AIPPI's Special Committee on Standards and Patents in 2014, and served as a United States delegate to the AIPPI Forum and Executive Committee Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009.

Chris is also experienced in representing clients in trademark opposition proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). He is also experienced in foreign and domestic trademark prosecution.

Chris created an IP Procurement and Management course for graduate students in the Engineering Management Program at Marquette University, and has served as a guest lecturer in numerous College of Engineering classrooms.

Chris received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in 1996 and a juris doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1999.
Education
  • The John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1999

George H. Solveson

George H. Solveson is a registered patent attorney and of counsel to Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Over his entire career, George has received the highest Peer Review Ratings signifying the highest ethical standards and professional ability (AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5). With a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in law, George "has the right combination of skills to be an excellent patent litigator," according to his peers. "He has an incredible amount of experience and is extremely meticulous." In addition, George has been selected by his peers for inclusion in U.S. News' list of The Best Lawyers in America from 2012-2014 in the field of Patent Litigation and was named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Milwaukee Patent Litigation "Lawyer of the Year."

George has had the honor and pleasure of serving numerous domestic and international clients concerning the entire spectrum of intellectual property law. He has litigated numerous cases in Federal Courts across the country, and also has extensive background in the application and prosecution of patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. George has also successfully argued intellectual property appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Among his achievements, George is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, has been honored as a Wisconsin Leader in Law, and has been designated as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer based on a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He has frequently made presentations before clients (small and large), universities, bar associations, and other legal seminars. George has presented numerous papers to such organizations as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the National CLE Conference in Colorado, the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA), and the Patent Litigation Summit.

George received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1964 and a doctor of juridical sciences degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1969.

George is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, numerous federal district and appellate courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

George is a member of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (past Director), the Chicago Patent Law Association, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Education
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1969

Kevin J. Spexarth

Kevin J. Spexarth is an associate at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Kevin focuses his practice on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement. Kevin researches patentability and infringement issues, and provides clients with counseling and written opinions. His experience includes patent and trademark prosecution, IP management and planning, and corporate IP development. Before joining Andrus, Kevin partnered with in-house patent practitioners at the Rite-Hite Holding Corporation and the Brady Corporation.

Kevin earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. He then worked for a large general contracting company before beginning a career in law. Kevin joined Andrus in July 2014 after graduating from Marquette University Law School. While at Marquette University Law School, Kevin was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Review.

Practice Areas
-Patent
-Trademark & Copyright

Technology Areas
-Mechanical

Education
-University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S. Civil Engineering, 2007)
-Marquette University Law School (J.D., 2014)
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2014

Michael E. Taken

Michael E. Taken is a registered patent attorney and partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Mike focuses his practice on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution. Mike has extensive experience in developing and managing patent portfolios for Fortune 500 companies and has an extensive appellate practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mike was selected for inclusion in the 2013 and 2014 editions of the IAM Patent 1000 as a top patent practitioner in Wisconsin.

Mike received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Marquette University in 1969 and a master of science in physics from the University of Connecticut in 1971. Mike was an Evans Scholar and the recipient of the Triangle Award from Marquette University School of Engineering. He was also awarded a fellowship from the University of Connecticut. Mike received his juris doctor degree from Marquette University School of Law in 1975.

Mike is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mike is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association (Litigation and Intellectual Property Law Sections), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Milwaukee Bar Association, and the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (past President). Mike is an American Bar Association continuing legal education instructor.

Practice Areas
-Patent
-Transactions
-Client Counseling

Technology Areas
-Mechanical

Education
-Marquette University (B.S. Physics, 1969)
-University of Connecticut (M.S. Physics, 1971)
-Marquette University Law School (J.D., 1975)
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1975
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1975

Tambryn K. VanHeyningen Ph.D.

Tambryn K. VanHeyningen, Ph.D. is a registered patent attorney and partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Tammy focuses her practice on domestic and international patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio development, licensing, and IP management. She also provides client counseling related to patentability, freedom-to-operate, non-infringement and invalidity opinions.

Tammy's experience includes drafting and prosecuting patents with an emphasis in life sciences, chemistry and biotechnology. Her work includes patent applications related to vaccines, antibodies, protein therapeutics, gene therapy compositions, cell and tissue cultures including tissue replacement or regeneration, siRNA, small molecule or biologic pharmaceuticals, plant patents, medical diagnostics including genomic or proteomic markers predictive of therapeutic response, prognosis or metastases, biologic assays, research tools including cloning vectors, compositions and methods for labeling, detecting or isolating bio-molecules, genetically engineered plants, animals and microorganisms, treatment methods, bio-processing, bio-fuels and food science and processing. Tammy has worked for university technology transfer offices, small start-ups, and large research companies.

Tammy has more than 10 years of experience as a research scientist working in the fields of microbiology, immunology, and mechanisms of disease. Her Ph.D. thesis research was directed to understanding the T cell and macrophage mediated immune response to mycobacteria. She also completed post-doctoral research developing a transgenic mouse model and recombinant herpes simplex viruses to investigate viral latency and reactivation. She has taught courses in virology, genetics and molecular biology. In 2014, Tammy was seclected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 as a top patent practitioner in Wisconsin.

Before joining Andrus in April 2010, Tammy worked for a Midwestern general practice law firm and gained experience in intellectual property and trade secret litigation. Tammy has authored several scientific research articles and written and presented on many aspects of intellectual property law.

Tammy received a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Kalamazoo College in 1991 (cum laude), a doctorate in molecular microbiology and microbial pathogenesis from Washington University School of Medicine in 1997 and a juris doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in 2005.

Tammy is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Education
  • Washington University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2005

Edward R. Williams

Edward R. Williams is a registered patent attorney and partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.

Ed has represented many clients in a wide variety of intellectual property matters. His experience includes IP litigation, cease and desist practice, patent and trademark prosecution, IP management and strategic planning, licensing, corporate IP development contracts, and corporate acquisition IP matters.

Ed received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in 1983, a master of science degree in engineering physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1985, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991.

Ed is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for Colorado, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ed is a member of the American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section), the Massachusetts State Bar, the State Bar of Wisconsin (Intellectual Property Law Section, Past Chair and Board of Directors), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and the Boston Patent Law Association.

Ed first joined the firm in 1993. From October 2000 to June 2005, he was employed at a public company (NYSE:AOT; FSH) as Chief Intellectual Property and Litigation Counsel. He returned to Andrus in July 2005.
Education
  • University of Wisconsin School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991
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