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Morrison & Foerster Expands Intellectual Property Group in Denver With Addition of Two Patent Agents And One Patent Attorney

Additional patent agent transfers to Denver office from San Francisco

13 Jul 2015

DENVER (July 13, 2015) – Morrison & Foerster announced today that it is expanding its Patent Group in Denver with the addition of two patent agents, Matthew Hollister and Cong Luo, and patent attorney Jordan Lofdahl. Patent agent Jennifer White relocated to the firm’s Denver office from San Francisco earlier this year.

“We have a market-leading IP practice in California, New York, Washington, D.C., and now Denver,” said David Strong, managing partner of the Denver office. “Our IP litigation and prosecution groups work hand-in-hand in a seamless and collaborative manner across the firm - something that clearly sets us apart from all of our competitors. Furthermore, the addition of Matthew, Cong, and Jordan in Denver, along with Jennifer, will significantly enhance the amount of patent work we are able to do for our clients here in our local market, and on a national and global basis as well.”

“Morrison & Foerster distinguishes itself through the inclusion of patent agents on our teams,” said Michael Ward, head of the firm’s Patent Group and co-chair of the firm’s global Intellectual Property Group.  “These highly skilled individuals often hold advanced degrees in relevant sciences and have real-world experience working in the industries our clients inhabit. We’re excited to have this talented group join the firm.”

Mr. Hollister joins Morrison & Foerster as a patent agent. He has a technically diverse background with experience handling all aspects of domestic patent application preparation and prosecution in the electrical, software, and mechanical arts. He has worked closely with a range of clients, from large companies to individual inventors, to develop and execute patent strategies in both domestic and foreign jurisdictions. Prior to practicing patent law, Mr. Hollister worked at a medical device company as an electrical engineer for implantable medical devices, and later as a hardware design engineer for external medical applications. As a student, he conducted research in the field of molecular electronics by designing, fabricating, and characterizing novel nanoscale field-effect devices. In addition, he taught courses in MEMS design, the science and engineering of-thin film materials and semiconductor physics. Mr. Hollister earned both his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Ms. Luo also joins the firm as a patent agent, focusing her practice on patent prosecution and counseling. She has represented clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to secure technical patents in the fields of financial services, software, telecommunications, and medical devices. She has prosecuted utility and design patent applications for fluid-dispensing systems, automotive technology, aircraft technology, and medical imaging devices. Ms. Luo’s academic research projects include aero-acoustic noise reduction of rotors at forward flight, vaporization cooling technology, and lightness perception in materials and surfaces. She earned her B.S. in aerospace engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Lofdahl joins the firm as a patent attorney with a diverse intellectual property background in the software and mechanical arts. He was a patent examiner at the USPTO in the mechanical arts for more than four years before attending law school. He has worked as an in-house patent intern for a corporation specializing in tooling, engineered components, and advanced materials. He has also worked at an intellectual property boutique in Seattle during law school. Mr. Lofdahl’s technical background has been with the design, testing, and manufacturing of servers and various testing instruments at Intel Corp., as well as from design and engineering for a hand-held bar code manufacturer. As a patent examiner, he examined approximately 400 patent applications in a wide variety of mechanical, electro-mechanical, and business method arts. Mr. Lofdahl has also prepared and prosecuted foreign and domestic patent applications and conducted legal research for patent, trademark, and copyright infringement opinions. He earned his B.A. in physics from Whitworth University, his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.

Ms. White has been a patent agent with Morrison & Foerster for two years and has been based in the firm’s Denver office since March 2015. Her practice includes patent prosecution and patentability searches across a wide variety of mechanical, electrical, and software technologies, including user interfaces, computer-animation software, lasers, and lightbulbs. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. White worked as a technical proposal writer, collaborating with researchers at small startups and large universities to obtain funding for their work.  For over a decade Ms. White was a technical analyst with engineering consulting firm Berkeley Design Technology, Inc. (BDTI), where she performed competitive analyses of DSP architectures and algorithms.  She has published technical articles in EE Times, IEEE Spectrum magazine, and Microprocessor Report, among others.  Ms. White earned both her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from UCLA, where her graduate research focused on control systems for automated vehicles.  

Morrison & Foerster is consistently ranked as one of the top intellectual property practices in the world. According to Legal 500 US 2015, the firm’s ‘depth of experience, global reach and unparalleled expertise in IP are beyond question’. With ‘outstanding’ lawyers across California – in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and San Diego – it is a ‘patent prosecution powerhouse’.  
Most recently, the firm’s IP litigation practice was named one of three “IP Litigation Powerhouses” in 2014 and an “IP VIP” in 2015 by BTI Litigation Outlook; Morrison & Foerster was also named the 2013 Chambers USA Intellectual Property Firm of the Year. The firm now has nearly 100 patent attorneys and agents across the firm. Patent agents are registered with the USPTO to prepare, file, and prosecute patent applications; they are required to possess a background in either science or engineering before taking the Patent Bar.

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