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Expert in Medical Devices, Patent Strategy, Patentability, Intellectual Property, Litigation Support

Expert ID: 727274 California, USA

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She has served as Vice President of Intellectual Property & Legal Affairs for The Sharper Image Corporation. In addition to focusing on patent strategy in several positions, she has lead and built R&D teams in both Class III medical device companies and software companies. She has brought several medical products through the FDA and to market and successfully formed and sold a medical software company. She has served as an expert witness in several patent litigation, as well as class action cases. She is a registered patent agent and inventor on several patents.

Patent due diligence for Venture Capitalists, including very early stage (pre-investment) patent analysis.Streamlining an existing patent portfolio by sorting the patents and patent applications into need to keep, licensable, and can abandon.Determining how to best patent an idea or increase patent coverage to increase the value of a company.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Salinas, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1986 Degree: BS Subject: Biomedical Engineering Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Year: 1988 Degree: ME Subject: Biomedical Engineering Institution: Tulane University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: CEO Department: Consulting Responsibilities: Smart Assets is a consulting firm which evaluates and maximizes the valuation of start-up companies by analyzing, developing and packaging the company's patent assets. Clients are primarily Venture Capitalists and other investors and their start-up companies in the medical device industry.
Years: 2003 to 2007 Employer: The Sharper Image Title: Vice President, IP & Legal Affairs Department: Responsibilities: She managed all legal affairs and intellectual property for the $750m company.
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: 1747, Inc. Title: Vice President of Product Development Department: Product Development Responsibilities: She was investor, Board member and was responsible for leading the product development efforts of 1747, as well as taking an active role in all fundraising/investor activities. 1747 focused on delivering clinical trials directly to patients via the Internet.
Years: 1992 to 1996 Employer: Conceptus, Inc. Title: Director of Product and Business Development Department: Product Development Responsibilities: She was brought in to lead Conceptus's Product Development effort after its initial round of funding in 1992. Her group developed a full product line of devices to diagnose and treat infertility. The product line was launched on time and successfully in the US, Europe, and Australia. Her position expanded to include Business Development as Conceptus's IPO neared. Conceptus went public in early 1996 (CPTS).
Years: 1989 to 1992 Employer: SciMed Life Systems (now Boston Scientific) Title: Group Manager Department: Product Development Responsibilities: She managed the Perfusion Product Development Group. Before that was Engineering Project Manager for Over-the-Wire Balloon Angioplasty products. She developed product lines that were launched on time and successfully in the US and internationally. One of the product lines became the best selling angioplasty catheter line worldwide.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1991 to 1996 Country / Region: Europe Summary: She developed medical devices during this time and as a result, traveled often to most countries in Europe to work with Dr.s who were using the product in patients. She observed the procedures in the OR or cath lab. She also attended several International meetings in Europe.
Years: 1991 to 1996 Country / Region: Australia Summary: She developed medical devices during this time and as a result, traveled often to Australia to work with Dr.s who were using the product in patients. She observed the procedures in the OR or cath lab.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office
Publications and Patents Summary
Has 9 granted US patents as well as International patents. Her US patents are cited by 406 patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert witness in several patent litigation lawsuits and class action lawsuits.
Marketing Experience
She has the ability to understand patents and develop patent strategy from a business perspective. Her experience with patents ranges from the first idea to patent portfolio development to patent litigation as well as patent litigation avoidance.

Fields of Expertise

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