Insight for Intellectual Property®

The TraskBritt Philosophy

David V. Trask and William S. Britt founded TraskBritt, P.C. in 1973. Located in the Intermountain West, the firm represents national and international corporations, research organizations, universities, and individuals throughout the world, with a substantial client base in the European Union.

The philosophy of TraskBritt is to provide the highest-quality professional and legal services in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost through the use of innovative technologies, practices and procedures and ongoing education and training of the attorneys and professional staff.

TraskBritt Philosophy

Meet Our Professionals

  • Gregory Baker

    Gregory C. Baker

    Mr. Baker received his J.D. from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law and holds a Masters and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. Prior to working at TraskBritt, Mr. Baker worked as a television engineer for KUED Television where he assisted in the station’s transition from analog to digital and high definition technology. Mr. Baker also assisted in the implementation of the station’s hardware and software automation and digital asset management systems.

    While attending law school, Mr. Baker was honored as a William H. Leary Scholar and received the CALI Award for the highest grade in patent law. Mr. Baker also served as an editor of the Utah Law Review and was a clerk for the Honorable Dee V. Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • All Mechanical technologies
    • Composite materials and aerospace structures
    • Electromechanical devices
    • Infringement, validity and enforceability evaluations
    • Manufacturing processes
    • Medical Devices
    • Musical instruments and audio equipment
    • Patent and technology portfolio assessments and audits
    • Product clearance opinions
    • Reissue and reexamination proceedings
    • Sporting goods
    • Technology evaluation and invention identification

     Prior Professional Experience

    • Summer Clerk, Merchant & Gould
    • Intern, University of Utah Technology Commercialization
    • Extern Clerk, Judge Dee V. Benson, United States District Court
    • Television Engineer, KUED Television
    • Web Developer, Affirma Consulting

     Education

    • University of Utah, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
    • University of Utah, Masters, Mechanical Engineering
    • University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D.

     Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

     Court Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Utah
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

     Community and Professional Organizations

    • Associate Editor, Utah Law Review
    • Member, Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering (SAMPE)
    • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
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  • Daniel Bezdjian

    Daniel J. Bezdjian

    Mr. Bezdjian received his J.D. from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Bezdjian also received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah, where he graduated magna cum laude. Prior to working at TraskBritt, Mr. Bezdjian worked as a chemical engineer for Tesoro Corporation where he participated in unit optimization and focused on increasing yields while minimizing energy losses and greenhouse gas emissions.

    During law school, Mr. Bezdjian received the CALI Award for the highest grade in patent drafting and in intellectual property licensing. Mr. Bezdjian was also awarded a Quinney Student Fellowship where he performed legal research for various faculty. Mr. Bezdjian also served as an associate editor of the Utah Law Review.

     Areas of Special Expertise

    • Infringement, validity and enforceability evaluations
    • Manufacturing processes
    • Oil and gas exploration and production technologies
    • Product clearance opinions
    • Refinery processes
    • Semiconductor device design and fabrication

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Tesoro Corporation, Process Engineer
    • University of Utah, Chemistry Department, Research Assistant
    • Northwest Machine, Advanced Machinist

     Education

    • University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D.
    • University of Utah, B.S., Chemical Engineering

     Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

     Court Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Utah
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

     Community and Professional Organizations

    • Tesoro Fire Brigade, Volunteer
    • Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Society, Member

     Languages

    • Armenian
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  • William Britt

    William S. Britt

    Mr. Britt, of counsel, has been in private practice since 1969 and has extensive experience in obtaining, enforcing, and licensing intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Prior to founding TraskBritt, he was a patent attorney for PPG Industries and an adjunct and associate professor of law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His technological areas of expertise include the fields of high technology materials, inorganic and organic chemicals, chemical processing, agricultural chemicals and equipment, medical equipment, and engineered structures. He has served as an expert witness in trade secret, trademark, and patent litigation and as an arbitrator in commercial disputes, and also has experience in intellectual property antitrust matters.

    Mr. Britt has received Martindale Hubbell’s AV rating, the publication’s highest rating, and has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for ten consecutive years. He is also a member of the Academy of Chemical Engineers, West Virginia University.

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    Professional Recognition

    • Best Lawyers – 1991-2016
    • IP Stars – 2014
    • Martindale-Hubbell (AV Rated) – Since 1981
    • Super Lawyers – 2007-2010
    • Utah Legal Elite – 2010, 2011

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Agricultural chemicals & equipment
    • Engineered structures
    • High technology materials
    • Inorganic & Organic chemicals

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Development Engineer, PPG Industries, supervising chemical pilot plant operations and designing commercial chemical plants
    • Nuclear weapons officer, U.S. Navy
    • Chemical Engineer, Patent Agent, and Patent Attorney, PPG Industries
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, Duquesne University, teaching commercial law and intellectual property
    • Associate Professor of Law, Duquesne University, teaching commercial law and intellectual property

    Education

    • West Virginia University, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with honors
    • Duquesne University, L.L.B. 1964, Law Review

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Pennsylvania Bar
    • Utah Bar

    Court Admissions

    • Utah and U.S. District Court, District of Utah
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    Community & Professional Organizations

    • Association for Retarded Citizens, Allegheny Chapter,Pennsylvania, Board Member and Legal Counsel, 1963-1968
    • United Cerebral Palsy Association, Salt Lake City, Utah, Board Member, 1975-1982
    • Legal Services for the Handicapped, Salt Lake City, Utah, Board Member, 1980-1986
    • Camp Kostopulos, Camp for Handicapped Persons, Salt Lake City, Utah, Board Member, 1989-1994
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    H. Dickson Burton

    Mr. Burton is the Managing Shareholder of the Firm. In his practice, he is a trial lawyer who focuses on helping clients strategize and resolve patent, trademark and trade secret disputes, including by taking cases to trial. He is known in courts across the country as a creative, trusted and highly successful advocate, with a remarkable streak of major litigations wins, including multiple ‘rare’ preliminary injunctions in hotly-contested patent infringement cases. He is also frequently called upon to mediate or arbitrate difficult patent and other intellectual property disputes.

    Mr. Burton has been honored for many years in Best Lawyers of America, Chambers USA and SuperLawyers, including as one of the Top 100 lawyers in all of the Mountain States, and as Intellectual Property Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 in Salt Lake City. Mr. Burton is an elected member of the Utah Bar Commission, the governing body for all Utah lawyers and currently serves on the Commission’s Executive Committee.

    Mr. Burton’s representation includes Storm Products, Inc., Melaleuca, Inc., Won-Door Corporation, TV Guide Magazine, Electronic Arts, Inc., Young Electric Sign Company, Catheter Connections, Inc., Star Seismic, LLC, Choice Hotels, Inc., Diebold, Inc., Flowserve Corporation, EK Ekcessories, Inc., Listen Corporation, Innosys, Inc., Gold Tip, Inc., Diamond Heads, LLC, and many others.

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    Professional Recognition

    • Best Lawyers in America 2007-2016
    • Best Lawyers SLC Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year – 2015
    • Best Lawyers SLC Information Technology Lawyer of the Year – 2013
    • Chambers 2012-2014
    • iAM Patent 1000 (Patent Litigation) – 2012-2016
    • IP Stars – 2013-2016
    • Martindale Hubbell (AV Rated) – Since 1998
    • Super Lawyers – 2007-2016
    • Super Lawyers Mountain States Top 75 – 2011
    • Super Lawyers Mountain States Top 100 – 2012-2015

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Chemical, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical and NutritionalsConstruction, Mechanical and Manufacturing Equipment and Systems
    • Expert witness services in intellectual property disputes
    • Information Technology, Computers and Software
    • Litigation and enforcement of intellectual property in various technical areas
    • Mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
    • Sports equipment

    Education

    • Brigham Young University, B.A., magna cum laude
      (Presidential Scholar)
    • Brigham Young University Law School, J.D.

    Bar Admissions

    • Utah Bar
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    Recent Representative Cases

    • Catheter Connections v. Ivera Medical/3M – Medical Device patent dispute hotly contested over several years in multiple states. Obtained two preliminary injunctions on three different patents, as well as a contempt order for opponent’s violation of one of the injunctions, leading to a favorable settlement.
    • Won-Door Corporation v. Cornell Iron Works – Patent infringement case involving movable partitions. Obtained a preliminary injunction after extensive briefing and two court hearings, leading to a consent judgment and permanent injunction against Cornell.
    • Storm Products v. Ebonite – Defended patent infringement case involving bowling balls. Obtained Court Order invalidating Ebonite patent. Affirmed on appeal.
    • SME Steel Contractors v. Star Seismic – Obtained dismissal of patent infringement case relating to seismic braces used in steel frame construction, affirmed on appeal; subsequently defended related claims of breach of license agreement, fraud and tortious interference to trial, obtaining a judgment dismissing all claims and awarding attorneys’ fees of nearly $1 million.
    • Choice Hotels v. JMS Lodging – Trademark infringement case – obtained judgment and permanent injunction.
    • Etagz v. TV Guide Magazine – Defended TV Guide in patent infringement case; settled favorably on the eve of summary judgment hearing.

    Languages

    • Spanish
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    Charly Doe, MBA, CLM

    Ms. Doe is a Certified Legal Manager and has managed, directly or in a supervisory capacity, human resources, accounting, information technology, marketing and facilities. She holds a Bachelors’ of Science in Business Administration and a MBA in Finance. She achieved her Certification from the Association of Legal Administrators in 2002.

    Ms. Doe is active in the Association of Legal Administrators and held the office of President of the Valley of the Sun Chapter in 2000-2001. She also served two terms as co-chair of the Arizona State Bar Law Practice Management Section and served six years on the Association of Legal Administrators’ Certification Committee, the last three of those years as the committee chairperson. She is an active participant in the Associations’ Intellectual Property community and chaired the Intellectual Property Conference in 2012.

    In 2014 the Association of Legal Administrators’ presented her with the Outstanding Association Volunteer Award.

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    Jesse M. Flores

    Mr. Flores received his J.D. from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah. Prior to working at TraskBritt, Mr. Flores worked as a chemical engineer for the launch systems division of Alliant Techsystems, where he participated in the design and optimization of industrial process related to energetic materials reclamation and neutralization, water treatment and remote firing systems. Mr. Flores also worked as an engineering technician for the Institute of Combustion and Energy studies, where he assisted with the construction and analysis of multiple pilot scale reactors, such as an entrained flow gasification reactor, a pulverized coal/multifuel furnace and a grate fired furnace.

    During law school, Mr. Flores received a CALI award for the highest grade in intellectual property law. He also served as an extern for the Honorable Thomas J. Greene of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Composite materials and aerospace structures
    • Oil and gas exploration and production technologies
    • Semiconductor device and design and fabrication

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Intern, United State District Court, District of Utah
    • Chemical Process Engineer, ATK Launch Systems
    • Engineering Research Technician, Institute of Combustion and Energy Studies
    • Technician II, ARUP Laboratories

    Education

    • University of Utah College of Law, J.D.
    • University of Utah, B.S., Chemical Fuels and Engineering

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

    Court Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Utah
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    • Golden Key International Honor Society
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    J. Jeffrey Gunn

    Jeff’s practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution and litigation for corporate clients throughout the United States and around the globe. He provides on-going services to clients involved in the fields of semiconductors, oil and gas, aerospace and defense, medical and dental products, and consumer products.  His experience extends through various technology areas including materials science, chemistry and chemical processes, nanotechnology, optical technology, mechanical devices, and electromechanical devices.

    In addition to prosecution and litigation, Jeff has substantial experience in patent reexamination proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in assisting clients with joint research and development projects and licensing arrangements involving intellectual property.

    In addition to his law degree, Mr. Gunn holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Utah. Prior to joining TraskBritt, Mr. Gunn worked for C.R. Bard, a leading manufacturer of medical devices.

    Jeff has been consistently recognized for his services by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Utah Business Magazine.  He has also been selected for inclusion in the Client Choice Guide – USA and Canada beginning in 2014 for his client services in the field of intellectual property and patents.  The Client Choice awards recognize those law firms and attorneys around the world for the excellent client service they provide, and are selected after surveying senior corporate counsel only.

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    Professional Recognition

    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2009-2010, 2013-2016
    • Client Choice Guide – 2014-2016
    • Best Lawyers – 2015-2016
    • IP Stars 2015-2016

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Manufacturing Processes
    • New Product Design
    • Patent and technology portfolio assessments and audits

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Engineer Technician, Bard Access Systems

    Education

    • University of Utah, B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering
    • University of Utah, J.D.

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
    • Utah Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • Member, Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society

    Languages

    • Spanish
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    Steven W. Gutke

    Mr. Gutke is a shareholder with TraskBritt. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Gutke received the Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement. The Rickert Award Program is considered the most prestigious awards program conducted by the College of Law. Mr. Gutke also served as Notes Editor for the Journal of Law, Technology & Policy.

    During law school, Mr. Gutke was invited to take part in the Patent Pilot Program at the College of Law. As part of this program, Mr. Gutke worked in a collaborative effort between the College of Law and the Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to assist start-up companies in protecting their intellectual property.

    Prior to law school Mr. Gutke graduated from Utah State University with bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and German. Mr. Gutke also completed engineering internships with Schott A.G. at the Gruenenplan, Germany facilities, as well as with Nucor Steel in Plymouth, Utah.

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    Professional Recognition

    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2015

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Product clearance opinions
    • Technology evaluation and invention identification

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Research Assistant, University of Illinois College of Law
    • Engineering Intern, Schott A.G.
    • Engineering Intern, Nucor Steel

    Education

    • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
    • Utah State University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, Math Minor
    • Utah State University, B.A., German

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah State Bar

    Court Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Utah
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    Languages

    • German
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  • katherine-hamer

    Katherine A. Hamer

    Ms. Hamer’s practice emphasizes the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications. Her practice focuses on inventions in the aerospace, biofuels, environmental, green energy, national defense, nuclear, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and drug delivery industries. Before joining TraskBritt, Ms. Hamer worked at NPS Pharmaceuticals, isolating spider and scorpion venoms, doing chromatography of small molecules and proteins, and performing high throughput screening of small molecules. Ms. Hamer also has experience in enzyme characterization studies and in the synthesis and purification of small molecules.

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Chemical compositions and chemical processes
    • Infringement, validity and enforceability evaluations
    • Intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions
    • Patent and technology portfolio assessments and audits
    • Product clearance opinions
    • Strategic counseling regarding intellectual property
    • Technology evaluation and invention identification

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Research Associate, NPS Pharmaceuticals

    Education

    • Reed College, B.A. in Chemistry
    • University of Utah College of Law, J.D.
      Semifinalist in the Regional Division of the National Trial Competition

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Colorado Bar
    • Utah Bar

    Publications

    • Suchyna, T.M., J.H. Johnson, K. Hamer, J.F. Leykam, D.A. Gage, H.F. Clemo, C.M. Baumgarten, F. Sachs. “Identification of a peptide toxin from Grammostola spatulata spider venom that blocks cation-selective stretch-activated channels.” Journal of General Physiology, May 2000; 115(5):583-98.
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    Jeffery M. Michelsen

    Mr. Michelsen joined TraskBritt as a student associate and is now Of Counsel to the firm. Mr. Michelsen brings industry experience to TraskBritt in the areas of electrical and mechanical engineering. Prior to joining TraskBritt, Mr. Michelsen worked for Motorola, VSLI, and Intel as a Design Engineer and Manager, specializing in circuit design, computer architecture, computer graphics, image processing, and software development. He also worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Boeing performing fuselage stress analysis and developing signal processing software. Additionally, he holds nine patents as an inventor in the areas of computer graphics, computer systems, and integrated circuit design.

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Computer architecture and microprocessor design
    • Computer graphics and image processing
    • Integrated circuit design processes
    • Product clearance opinions
    • Security and encryption software
    • Semiconductor device design and fabrication
    • Technology evaluation and invention identification

    Prior Professional Experience

    • System Architect, Cirrus Logic Inc.
    • Design Engineer and Project Leader, Intel
    • Design Engineer and Program Manager, VLSI Technology
    • Design Engineer, Motorola Inc.
    • Mechanical Engineer, Boeing Co.

    Education

    • Arizona State University College of Law, J.D.
    • Utah State University, M.E. Electrical Engineering
    • University of Utah, B.S. Mechanical Engineering

    Bar Admissions

    • Arizona Bar
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

    Court Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Utah
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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    Debra L. Mitchell

    Ms. Mitchell had more than 13 years of experience as an Intellectual Property Paralegal before obtaining her Patent Agent Registration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Utah.

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Aerospace structures
    • Oil and gas exploration and production technologies
    • Semiconductor device fabrication, packaging and assembly
    • Wagering games and supporting devices

    Prior Professional Experience

    • TraskBritt, P.C. Intellectual Property Paralegal

    Education

    • University of Utah, B.S., Physics

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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    Javier M. Mixco, MD

    Dr. Mixco received his J.D. from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law where he graduated with highest honors as a member of the Order of the Coif. Dr. Mixco served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review.

    Dr. Mixco holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Duke University, and graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Anthropology.

    Areas of Special Expertise 

    • Infringement, validity and enforceability evaluations
    • Molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, genetics
    • Pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics
    • Technology evaluation and invention identification
    • Medical and health devices

     Prior Professional Experience

    • Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, PC – Law Clerk
    • Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP – Law Clerk
    • Utah Supreme Court, Associate Chief Justice Durrant – Summer Judicial Internship
    • United States District Court, District of Utah, Senior Judge Benson – Judicial Internship
    • TraskBritt, PC – Technical Advisor
    • Campbell Alliance – Consulting services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies
    • Multidisciplinary Neuroprotection Laboratories – Research fellow

     Education

    • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D.
    • Duke University School of Medicine, M.D.
    • Harvard University, A.B.

     Bar Admissions

    •  Utah Bar

    Court Admissions

    • Utah State Courts
    • United States District Court, District of Utah

     Publications

    •  “Severe hypotension is not essential for isoflurane neuroprotection against forebrain ischemia in mice.” Homi HM, Mixco JM, Sheng H, Grocott HP, Pearlstein RD, Warner DS., Anesthesiology. 2003 Nov; 99(5):1145-51.
    • “Intraischemic nitrous oxide alters neither neurologic nor histologic outcome: a comparison with dizocilpine.” Yokoo N, Sheng H, Mixco J, Homi HM, Pearlstein RD, Warner DS., Anesth Analg. 2004 Sep;99(3):896-903.
    • “Selective gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor antagonism reverses isoflurane ischemic neuroprotection.” Elsersy H, Mixco J, Sheng H, Pearlstein RD, Warner DS., Anethesiology. 2006 Jul;105(1):81-90.

     Languages

    •  Spanish

     

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    Daniel J. Morath, Ph.D.

    Dr. Morath, a Shareholder, holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Utah, a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Brigham Young University.

    Dr. Morath’s doctoral dissertation was centered around the development of glial stem cells, and specifically on the metal requirements for proper fate specification and differentiation. As a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Morath staged the embryonic lethality of Anitizyme 1/2 knockout mice, generated novel myoblast cell lines and explored the effects of gentamicin treatment on stop codon readthrough.

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    Professional Recognition

    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2009-2010

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Infringement, validity and enforceability evaluations
    • Molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, genetics
    • Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics
    • Technology evaluation and invention identification

    Technical Expertise

    • Biotechnology

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Post doctoral fellow, Gesteland lab, University of Utah

    Education

    • University of Michigan, B.S. in Cellular & Molecular Biology
    • University of Utah, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology
    • Brigham Young University, Juris Doctor

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

    Publications and Presentations

    • Morath, Groves, Noble, and Mayer-Pröschel. “Characterization of immortalized neuroepithelial stem cells.” Abstract, 36th American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting (1996).
    • Morath and Mayer-Pröschel. “Iron modulates the differentiation of a distinct population of glial precursor cells into oligodendrocytes.” Developmental Biology 237(1) (2001): 232-43.
    • Mayer-Pröschel, Morath, and Noble. “Are hypothyroidism and iron deficiency precursor cell diseases?” Developmental Neuroscience 23(4-5) (2001):277-86.
    • Morath and Mayer-Pröschel. “Iron Deficiency during embryogenesis and consequences for oligodendrocyte generation in vivo.” Developmental Neuroscience 24(2-3) (2002):197-207.

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • Member, Phi Lambda Upsilon, National Honorary Chemical Society
    • Member, Provider Human Rights Committee, Achieve Community Services
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    Krista Weber Powell

    Ms. Weber Powell has served TraskBritt as an associate and a shareholder and is currently of counsel. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Weber Powell served as a civil litigation attorney for Richards, Brandt, Miller & Nelson. Her practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent preparation, prosecution, and licensing and analysis of patent positions in the areas of pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnical, and semiconductor fabrication, with an emphasis on assisting in the acquisition and enforcement of patents.

    Professional Recognition

    • Utah Legal Elite – 2007, 2010
    • MartinDale-Hubbell (BV Rated) – 2013

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Coordinating intellectual property protection worldwide
    • International brand protection
    • Uniform domain dispute resolution

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Attorney, Richards, Brandt, Miller & Nelson

    Education

    • Miami University, B.A. in Microbiology, Nutrition Minor, cum laude
    • Indiana University, M.S., Physiology
    • College of William and Mary School of Law, J.D.

    Bar Admissions

    • Colorado Bar
    • Utah Bar
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    Publications

    • Burton, H.D., K. Weber Powell. “The Art of Patent Infringement Defense.” Managing Intellectual Property, American IP Focus: Protection and Enforcement (2002): 70-74.

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • Member, Utah State Bar Association
    • Board Member, Junior League of Salt Lake City, Inc., 2004-2005
    • Chair, Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar (2008-2009)
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    Stephen E. Pulley

    Mr. Pulley received his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he graduated cum laude, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  Prior to working at TraskBritt, Mr. Pulley was a Diffusion Engineer at Micron Technology, Inc., where he studied, maintained, and enhanced semiconductor manufacturing in an advanced microchip fabrication facility.

    During law school, Mr. Pulley received first place in the Kilpatrick Townsend Award for Intellectual Property Writing and Scholarship. Mr. Pulley served as a Senior Editor of the BYU Education & Law Journal and as president of the school’s Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA).

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Composite materials and aerospace structures
    • Infringement, validity and enforceability evaluations
    • Manufacturing processes
    • Oil and gas exploration and production technologies
    • Patent and technology portfolio assesments and audits
    • Patentability evaluations
    • Semiconductor device design and fabrication

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Teachers Assistant, Machine Design Course at BYU
    • Engineering Intern, Lockheed Martin
    • Engineer, Micron Technology Inc.

    Education

    • J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D.
    • Brigham Young University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

    Court Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Utah
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

    Publications

    • Stephen Pulley, Comment, An “Exclusive” Application of an Abstract Idea: Clarification of Patent-Eligible Subject Matter After Bilski v. Kappos, 2011 BYU L. Rev. 1223 (2011)
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    Elizabeth H. Schierman

    Elizabeth Schierman’s practice is centered on guiding innovators through the protection, acquisition, and/or commercialization of patent and trademark rights.  Having IP experience in a variety of technology fields and spanning the breadth of intellectual property law, she counsels clients ranging from international corporations to start-up businesses.  She holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Law from the University of Idaho.  She is an advisory board member for the Department of Chemicals and Materials Engineering in Moscow, Idaho, and is also a member and two-time past chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Idaho State Bar in Boise, Idaho.
    (More about Elizabeth Schierman: LinkedIn)

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    Professional Recognition

    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2015

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Design protection, including protection of computer graphics and product design
    • Infringement, validity, and enforceability evaluations
    • Intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions
    • Intellectual property portfolio growth and management counseling
    • Patents for interdisciplinary innovations (e.g., inventions in multiple technology fields, such as chemical, mechanical, electrical, biochemical and materials engineering)
    • Technology transfer and licensing

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Registered Patent Attorney, Dykas & Shaver, LLP (Previously Dykas, Shaver & Nipper, LLP)
    • Federal Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Courts, for the District of Idaho
    • Intellectual Property Intern, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    • Federal Reporting Officer/Technology Transfer Asst., Washington State University Research Foundation

    Education

    • University of Idaho, College of Law, J.D.
    • University of Idaho, B.S. Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Idaho Bar
    • Utah Bar

    Court Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Idaho
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

    Selected Publications & Presentations

    • Patent, Trademark, & Copyright Protection: Necessities or Luxuries, THE ADVOCATE, June/July 2011
    • IP Transactions: Identifying & Transferring Ownership, Presentation, IDAHO STATE BAR, Apr. 2011
    • .COM and .NET, Make Room for .TRADEMARK: What Trademark Holders Should Know About the New gTLD Program, THE ADVOCATE, Feb. 2010
    • Orphan Works: Congress Considers Lessening Penalties for Copyright Infringers, THE ADVOCATE MAR./APR. 2009
    • Intellectual Property Triage; Allocating Limited Resources for Maximum Protection – Idaho Technology Council, Sep. 12, 2012
    • IP Transactions: Questions to Ask Before Buying Copyright Rights, The ADVOCATE, Sep. 2011, at 26
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    David V. Trask

    Mr. Trask, of counsel, brings over forty-five years of experience in transactional and litigation matters, primarily in the fields of intellectual property and commercial law. He has extensive experience, both as an advocate and as a neutral, in arbitration proceedings involving technology, performing arts, intellectual property, and commercial disputes. Mr. Trask has also often served as a mediator. His educational and practice backgrounds include matters involving mechanical, chemical, electrical/electronic, medical, and related technologies.

    Mr. Trask serves as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and the American Arbitration Association. He has received Martindale Hubbell’s AV rating, the publication’s highest rating, and has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for ten consecutive years.

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    Professional Recognition

    • Best Lawyers – 1991-2016
    • Best Lawyers SLC Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year 2013
    • MartinDale-Hubbell (AV Rated) – 2013
    • Super Lawyers – 2007
    • Utah Legal Elite – 2010-2011

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Alternative dispute resolution
    • Electromechanical Devices
    • Metallurgy
    • Mining
    • Sporting goods

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Patent Attorney, Chemical Division of PPG Industries
    • General Corporate Practice, Peter Kiewit Sons’ Construction Company
    • Research Scientist, Dept. of Radiology, University of Minnesota, Mayo Memorial Hospital
    • Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota
    • ADR panelist

    Education

    • University of Minnesota, B.S. in Metallurgy
    • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., Law Review

    Bar Admissions

    • Utah Bar
    • Minnesota Bar
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    Court Admissions

    • Minnesota and U.S. District Court of Minnesota
    • Utah and U.S. District Court, District of Utah
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Community & Professional Organizations

    • Wasatch Mountain Club – Board of Directors
    • Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (University of Utah)
    • Board of Directors, Salt Lake Jazz Society
    • American Arbitration Association – Commercial and Intellectual Property Panels
    • International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
    • Association for Dispute Resolution (ACR)
    • Utah Dispute Resolution (Community Mediation Center)
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    Allen C.Turner

    Mr. Turner began his legal career at TraskBritt. He spent three years in The Netherlands as in-house counsel for Akzo Pharma (later Akzo Nobel) before rejoining TraskBritt, where he is now a Director and Shareholder. His practice involves all areas of intellectual property law, with special emphasis on obtaining patent prosecution for chemical and pharmaceutical developments including developments in the areas of drugs, natural products, vaccines, medical, biological, gene therapy, and other related inventions. Mr. Turner has participated in litigation matters, both in the United States and Europe. He has extensive experience in conducting due diligence of IP Portfolios.

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    Professional Recognition

    • Best Lawyers – 2007-2016
    • Best Lawyers SLC Patent Law Lawyer of the Year 2016
    • IP Stars – 2013, 2014
    • Utah Legal Elite – 2007, 2010-2011

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Coordinating intellectual property protection worldwide for clients to ensure optimal protection
    • Experienced in license negotiations with and analyzing worldwide patent positions of third parties
    • International brand protection

    Prior Professional Experience

    • In-house Patent Attorney for Akzo Pharma bv, Oss, The Netherlands (now Akzo Nobel)
    • Registered Pharmacist

    Education

    • University of Utah, B.S. in Pharmacy, Minor in Spanish
    • University of Utah, J.D.

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

    Court Admissions

    • Utah and U.S. District Court, District of Utah,
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • Member, The International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI)
    • Member, American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property law and section of International Law
    • Member, ABA Forum committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries
    • International Trademark Association

    Languages

    • English, Dutch, Spanish
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    Joseph A. Walkowski

    Mr. Walkowski brings over thirty years of intellectual property experience to TraskBritt, where he is a Director and Shareholder. Prior to joining TraskBritt, Mr. Walkowski served in corporate positions in the oil service industry, first with Halliburton Company and subsequently as chief patent counsel for Eastman Christensen, now a subsidiary of Baker Hughes Incorporated. His practice focuses on acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights and his background includes substantial experience in U.S. and international patent prosecution as well as intellectual property licensing and litigation.

    Mr. Walkowski has been named as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Intellectual Property, ranked first tier in Chambers, USA, named by Mountain States Super Lawyers and among the “Utah Legal Elite” by Utah Business Magazine.

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    Professional Recognition

    • Best Lawyers – 2007-2016
    • Best Lawyers SLC Patent Law Lawyer of the Year – 2012
    • Chambers USA – 2008-2015
    • iAM Patent 1000 (Patent Prosecution) – 2012-2016
    • IP Stars – 2013-2016
    • Super Lawyers – 2007-2016
    • Utah Legal Elite – 2007, 2010-2014

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Infringement, validity and enforceability evaluations
    • Intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions
    • Patent and technology portfolio assessments and audits
    • Reissue and reexamination proceedings
    • Strategic counseling in anticipation of litigation
    • Technology transfer including software licensing

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Patent Counsel, Eastman Christensen Company
    • Private Practice, Litigation in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
    • Examiner, U.S. Patent Office
    • Patent Attorney, Halliburton Company

    Education

    • University of Delaware, Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering
    • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., Law Review
    • Oklahoma City University, M.B.A. with high honors

    Bar Admissions

    • Maryland Bar
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Oklahoma Bar
    • Utah Bar

    Court Admissions

    • Maryland Court of Appeals
    • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
    • Oklahoma Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • Utah and U.S. District Court, District of Utah

    Community & Professional Organizations

    • Member, Licensing Executives Society
    • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Member, American Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Litigations Sections)
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    James C. Watson

    Mr. Watson, a Shareholder with TraskBritt, received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Coordinating worldwide intellectual property protection
    • Infringement, validity, enforceability, and freedom-to-operate evaluations
    • Oil and gas exploration and production technologies
    • Post-grant proceedings, including reissue, reexamination, and inter partes review
    • Semiconductor device design, packaging, and fabrication
    • Sporting goods
    • Technology evaluation and invention identification
    • Wagering games and supporting devices

     

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Engineering Intern, Kennecott Utah Copper
    • Mediator and Clinic Director, The George Washington University Law School Consumer Mediation Clinic
    • Dean’s Fellow, The George Washington University Law School Legal Research and Writing Program

     

    Education

    • The George Washington University Law School
    • University of Utah, B.S. Mechanical Engineering

     

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

     

    Court Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Utah
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

     

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering
    • Honor Society

     

    Languages

    • Italian

     

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    Nathan E. Whitlock

    Mr. Whitlock, a Shareholder with TraskBritt, assists clients with intellectual property in technical areas such as chemical and materials processing, mining, energy, explosives, aerospace, and nanotechnology. He received his J.D. cum laude from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. He received the Robert Netherland Miller Scholarship for academic achievement. Mr. Whitlock was an Executive Editor for Law & Contemporary Problems, Duke Law School’s oldest journal. He was an officer of the Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society.

    Mr. Whitlock, a Registered Patent Attorney, holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering. He has worked in research, development, testing, and evaluation of weapons systems for the U.S. Government, primarily rocket propulsion systems.

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Air quality and monitoring
    • Energetic materials and weapons systems
    • Energy production
    • Infringement, validity, and enforceability evaluations
    • Manufacturing processes
    • Mining
    • Oil and gas exploration and production technologies
    • Patent and technology portfolio assessments and audits
    • Polymers
    • Product clearance opinions
    • Reissue and reexamination proceedings
    • Semiconductor device design and fabrication
    • Technology transfer including software licensing

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Chemical Engineer, Naval Air Systems Command, China Lake, CA
    • Research Associate, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

    Education

    • Duke University School of Law, J.D. cum laude
    • California Institute of Technology, M.S. Chemical Engineering
    • University of Wyoming, B.S., with honor, Chemical Engineering

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Utah Bar

    Selected Publications & Presentations

    • “Protecting Clients’ Intellectual Property Assets They May Not Even Know They Own,” Utah State Bar Spring Convention, St. George, Utah, March 15, 2014
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    Bailey M. Ziegler

    Ms. Ziegler received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. During law school, Ms. Ziegler received the CALI Award for the highest grade in Intellectual Property Transactions and Fact Investigation: JFK Assassination. Ms. Ziegler served as a Note Editor for the Journal of Law, Technology, and policy and as the Secretary for the Intellectual Property Legal Society.

    Ms. Ziegler holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she graduated magna cum laude. At the University of Tennessee, Ms. Ziegler served as a research assistant in the field of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. She also completed an engineering internship at Logan Aluminum, an aluminum manufacturing plant.

    Areas of Special Expertise

    • Metallurgy
    • Polymer Materials and Polymer processing techniques
    • Semiconductor device fabrication, packing and assembly

    Prior Professional Experience

    • Engineering Intern, Logan Aluminum
    • Research Assistant, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    • Research Assistant, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

    Education

    • University of Illinois College of Law
    • University of Tennessee at Knoxville, B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Magna Cum Laude

    Bar Admissions

    • United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Community and Professional Organizations

    • Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Society, Member
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TraskBritt provides all aspects of Intellectual Property Law representation, including U.S. and International Patent Prosecution, Contested Proceedings, Counseling and Strategic Planning, Designs, Dispute Resolution, Due Diligence, Intellectual Property and Other Complex Litigation, Opinions, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights, Transactions and Licensing.

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