Nine Attorneys and a Technical Advisor Join Patterson + Sheridan
Patterson + Sheridan is pleased to welcome 9 attorneys and a technical advisor to the firm. Theodosis Kountotsis and Kevin Rollins join the firm as counsels, while Valerie Yu, Austin Gray, Hope Glembo, Archibald Cruz, Stephanie Moser, Tristan Kaskoun, and Josh Noles strengthen the firm’s firepower as new associates. Technical advisor Harmeena Sandhu has been added to the San Diego office.
Theodosis Kountotsis has over 20 years of experience in patent law and began his career as an engineer for an American defense and aerospace company, where he worked on creating TRIDENT submarine fire control technologies. That engineering experience allowed him to quickly and efficiently assess a client inventions and develop patent strategies for protecting valuable innovations. Theo earned his Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from Western New England University and a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Kevin Rollins has years of experience with artificial intelligence and medical devices. He assists clients in protecting their valuable IP assets and preparing and prosecuting patents involving machine learning, complex software, information technology, electronics, semiconductors and medical procedures. He previously served as General Counsel for two medical device companies which were favorably acquired by a large medical device company. In these roles, he spearheaded all legal work, including risk assessment, compliance, technology licensing and litigation in addition to drafting and prosecuting nearly 200 patents for the companies. He now leverages all of that experience to work better with inventors and in-house counsel to understand their needs. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Engineering in biological engineering from the University of Missouri. He received his Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law where he was an Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar.
Valerie Yu is a litigation associate whose practice will focus on protecting clients’ intellectual property in a broad field of technologies including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, chemicals, complex software and information technology, consumer products, medical devices and more. While her background is primarily in patent prosecution, Valerie also has experience in trademark and brand protection, litigation and dispute resolution, licensing and IP transactions, and risk assessment and compliance matters. Before law school, Valerie was an IP specialist for a full-service IP firm, where she supported multiple attorneys in patent prosecution and solidified her experience in patent office filings, litigation, and administrative matters. Valerie holds a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences and philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She earned her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law where she was awarded the Giles S. Rich National Moot Court Competition, the Thacher Intramural Mock Trial Competition, and an Excellence in Oral Advocacy Award.
Austin Gray is a litigation associate whose practice applies his mechanical engineering knowledge in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of semiconductor technologies, industrial products and oil and gas services. Before joining P+S, he worked as a new product mechanical design engineer for a leading natural gas turbine engine company. Austin interned for an American motorcycle manufacturer conducting competitor and industry benchmarking which included patent research. This experience has now shaped his IP practice when interviewing and working with inventors. Austin earned his Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where he was the chief publications editor for the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal.
Litigation associate Hope Glembo’s practice will focus on industries from artificial intelligence and semiconductors to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She protects her clients’ IP by preparing, prosecuting and litigating patents across a variety of sectors. She is experienced in matters involving multinational technology companies, global automotive manufacturers and medical device companies. She combines her cross-disciplinary skills in biological science and engineering to best serve clients. Hope received her Bachelor of Science in marine biology from the University of California at San Diego, a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Arizona State University and an engineering certificate from the University of Glasgow. She earned a graduate certificate in management science and engineering from Stanford, and her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Archibald Cruz is a litigation associate who facilitates dispute resolutions and prepares and prosecutes patents for his clients in matters involving artificial intelligence, machine learning, complex software and information technology. He is a former three-time Patterson + Sheridan intern who honed his skills in drafting motions and memoranda for patent infringement cases and contract cases, conducting pre-suit investigations, and supporting the firm’s attorneys in various litigation matters such as preparing office action responses to the USPTO. Archibald received bachelor degrees in both Computer Science and Liberal Studies & Psychology from the University of Houston, where he helped establish its competitive Mock Trial Association. He earned his law degree from Baylor Law School where he served as the Senior Technical Editor for the Baylor Law Review and contributed pro bono research to the Texas Advocacy Program.
Stephanie Moser is a litigation associate who focuses her practice on preparing, prosecuting, advocating for and resolving disputes for patents involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices and procedures. A former biologist, Stephanie has more than seven years of research experience as a scientist. After undergrad, she worked on research and development methods for a startup biotechnology company that gained her experience in the development pharmaceuticals at all stages of their processes. This inspired her to become a patent attorney to help guide research through to the end of its process, where it is ultimately codified and protected. Stephanie received her Bachelors of Science in biology from Santa Clara University and earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. While in law school, she was an editor for the USF Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal, as well as a Comments Editor for USF Law Review Volume 57.
Tristan Kaskoun is a litigation associate that focuses his practice on preparing, prosecuting and litigating patents involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, electronics and semiconductor technologies. Before joining the firm, he worked alongside the firm’s seasoned attorneys as a former Patterson + Sheridan intern and as a legal IP intern at a medical device company, where he learned about biomedical devices hardware and how to best protect IP in this sector. Tristan earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University and his Juris Doctor from Loyola Marymount University Law School where he was an active member of Loyola’s Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity Law Society.
Josh Noles is an associate committed to protecting his clients’ intellectual property by preparing and prosecuting patents in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, complex software, information technology, financial technology, and other internet-based applications. During law school, Josh was a central reexamination unit extern with the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he gained valuable experience into what examiners look for in applications and how he can best help clients achieve issuance. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama, where he served as research editor for the law school’s Law and Psychology Review.
Technical advisor Harmeena Sandhu collaborates with the firm’s attorneys to protect clients’ intellectual property. She leverages deep experience in coding and machine learning to support the firm’s clients. With her extensive software background, she assists with patent preparation and prosecution for artificial intelligence, machine learning and complex software. Before joining the firm, Harmeena interned at a boutique IP patent law firm. She graduated from the University of San Diego California with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science and a Specialization in Machine Learning and Neural Computation. She also has a minor in Computer Science and Engineering, and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor from Loyola Marymount University.
About Patterson Sheridan LLP
Patterson + Sheridan LLP is a leading intellectual property and complex litigation law firm with over 90 attorneys in offices across the United States. The firm specializes in the protection of clients’ assets and rights, by providing a variety of services, including patent preparation and prosecution, trademark and brand protection, litigation, technology licensing, portfolio and risk management, and assistance with mergers and acquisitions. Patterson + Sheridan is able to provide greater service, value, and expertise locally, by having multiple offices across the country, while maintaining the recognized national presence and international reach needed to achieve clients’ business goals.