Mary Jo has more than 25 years of combined law firm and in-house experience as an intellectual property attorney. She is a registered patent attorney with a master's degree in chemistry and draws upon her experience as a laboratory chemist, scientific programming consultant, litigator, and in-house attorney to counsel clients. Mary Jo has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in chemical, food and mechanical areas, including applications relating to catalysts, chemical processes, metal oxide absorbents, polymers, and biotech processes. She has counseled clients on infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate issues in the chemical and pharmaceutical areas and conducted intellectual property due diligence for client transactions. Mary Jo has also has litigated intellectual property cases involving patented technology in areas such as polymers, unified communications, and handheld PDAs, and involving business method patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and breach of contract. She has counseled clients on litigation, trial and settlement negotiation strategy.
Prior to law school, Mary Jo worked as a laboratory chemist for UOP in the automotive catalysis area and as a computational chemistry consultant on drug design and fuels projects. She subsequently worked as a patent attorney for AlliedSignal, Inc., then as outside counsel, for law firms such as Arnold, White & Durkee, Kelley, Drye and Warren, and Foley & Lardner.
Specialties in Technology
• Catalysis and processing
J.D. Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, with honors
M.A. Illinois Institute of Technology, Intellectual Property Management & Markets
M.S. Northwestern University, chemistry
A.B. Loyola University of Chicago, chemistry
Law Practice Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States Patent and Trademark Office
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