IP Lawyers from Sheldon, Mak & Anderson Join Leech Tishman; Leech Tishman Expands Intellectual Property Practice Group

Prominent California Intellectual Property Lawyers Join Forces with Leech Tishman

LOS ANGELES, CALeech Tishman is pleased to announce that it is being joined by attorneys formerly with Sheldon, Mak & Anderson, P.C. (“SMA”), a group of prominent Southern California intellectual property practitioners that bring expertise in biomedical, pharmaceutical and medical device development.

Joining Leech Tishman and its Intellectual Property Practice Group are seven intellectual property (“IP”) attorneys. Jeffrey G. Sheldon, Danton K. Mak and Denton L. Anderson will join the firm as partners, while Katherine M. Bond, Dr. Laura M. Lloyd, Douglas H. Morseburg and Robert A. Schroeder will join Leech Tishman as Counsel. Katherine B. Sales will also be joining Leech Tishman as a Patent Agent.

Leech Tishman’s Los Angeles operations will continue to be under the oversight of Leech Tishman transactional and energy attorney William F. Bresee, and Leech Tishman will be operating all four of SMA’s former offices in Pasadena, Riverside, Upland and Orange County.

Jeff Sheldon focuses his practice in all aspects of IP, from prosecution and litigation to domestic and international licensing. As a founding partner of SMA, Jeff was recognized for his leadership in creating one of the most dynamic, purely IP law firms in the country. His leadership in IP professional organizations has established him at the pinnacle of his professional specialty. Jeff regularly lectures on IP law, serves as an expert witness, mediator, and is the author of the foremost treatise on how to write patent applications, “How to Write A Patent Application,” first published in 1992 by the Practicing Law Institute. The treatise is used in law schools and by aspiring patent attorneys throughout the world. Jeff is regularly retained by in-house counsel of large corporations because of his command of IP law. Jeff has a technical background in the biomedical and chemical engineering arts. He was previously employed as a chemical engineer by Exxon and then Shell Chemical; prior to that, Jeffrey was a scientific coordinator at Lee Pharmaceuticals and a medical device development engineer at American Hospital Supply Corporation.

Danton Mak focuses his practice in all aspects of IP. Danton is experienced in industry, management and the law. His influence extends beyond the United States, and Hong Kong where he was born and raised, to Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. Danton’s insight, knowledge, experience and contacts throughout the U.S. and the Far East have proven invaluable to clients seeking to establish ventures or business operations in the United States and abroad. Danton also possesses a technical background in chemical engineering. Prior to his legal career, Danton was a water treatment engineer for Nalco Chemical Company in Illinois. In addition, he has worked in refineries, petrochemical plants, steel mills, power stations and coal processing plants. Danton also has substantial marketing and management experience. He ran a steel trading and construction contracting company in Hong Kong before he became a lawyer. Danton is recognized as one of the foremost Chinese-speaking patent attorneys in the U.S.

Denton Anderson also focuses his practice on all aspects of IP. He is widely recognized as an expert in patent prosecution, trademark prosecution and IP licensing, and has extensive experience in all aspects of IP litigation. Denny is well-known for the extensive knowledge and expertise he possesses that is invaluable to his clients in fulfilling their IP needs. He has a systematic and thorough approach to problem-solving that can be traced back to his early years as a research engineer. This approach is employed in his legal practice to achieve exceptional results for his clients.

Douglas Morseburg specializes in litigation, counseling and licensing with respect to matters involving trademarks, copyrights, patents, unfair trade practices, theft of trade secrets and false advertising. Doug advises clients on trademark and copyright availability, protection and infringement both in the U.S. and internationally. In addition, Doug has extensive experience in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, as well as a wide range of trademark, copyright and patent infringement litigation matters throughout the U.S. Doug represents multinational clients, both large and small, in a variety of IP and complex business litigation matters.

Dr. Laura Lloyd has extensive skill and experience in molecular biology, immunology and virology, helping companies and universities protect their intellectual property. Laura represents and counsels clients in domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution, negotiation of patent licenses, and trademark coexistence agreements. She also represents clients in opposition and infringement cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, federal courts, and the International Trade Commission. Combining her law degree with her doctorate in Molecular Biology, Laura brings her legal expertise to bear on patent application preparation and prosecution, both foreign and domestic, in areas ranging from biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology and virology to diagnostics, medical devices, therapeutics, small molecules, and pharmaceuticals. Adding to her extensive list of experiences, Laura was a National Institutes of Health funded Research Associate, a Post-Doctoral Training Fellow in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a Research Scientist with Streck Laboratories in Omaha, Nebraska.

Katherine Bond focuses her practice in all areas of IP, corporate law and regulatory compliance. Katherine ‘s practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs and established companies across a wide range of industries, assisting them with corporate formation and compliance, protection and patent rights, business transactions, and licensing and regulatory law. Katherine has prepared and prosecuted foreign and domestic patent applications in a variety of areas, including pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and consumer products. Katherine represents and counsels clients in domestic and international trademark prosecution, as well as, opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and infringement cases in federal court. Additionally, Katherine has extensive experience handling Internet issues, including disputes involving domain names, website content and key word advertising and resolving these disputes expeditiously through the UDRP process. Katherine has experience serving as in-house counsel to a nutraceutical company. Her business acumen also consists of more than six years as a professional in the pharmaceutical industry.

Bob Schroeder has been a patent litigator for more than 30 years. He has been lead counsel in patent cases, as well as trade secret, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and trade dress cases, and has handled IP arbitrations before domestic and international tribunals. He is experienced in appeals before various circuit courts of appeal and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Bob regularly advises clients on patent infringement matters, licensing agreements and intellectual property acquisitions. In addition, he supervises patent prosecution and maintenance programs and counsels clients as to intellectual property generally.

Katherine Sales, Patent Agent, is a registered patent agent and has prepared and prosecuted foreign and domestic patent applications for all areas of IP. Kate holds a degree in Animal Science, with a concentration in Animal Biotechnology. While studying at California Polytechnic University Pomona, Kate was a teaching assistant for the Applied Animal Embryology course as well as on the Dean’s List. Her extensive coursework and expertise were further established as an embryologist at a prominent Newport Beach fertility clinic. As an embryologist, she was able to help many couples realize their dreams of having a family. During Kate’s time at Southwestern Law School, where she pursued patent law, she was a teaching assistant for Contracts and was also Vice President and founding member of the Southwestern Estate Planning Society.

“We’re delighted that we could add to the strength of our IP practice and grow our existing presence in Los Angeles,” said Pete Fuscaldo, Leech Tishman’s managing partner. “At Leech Tishman, we are dedicated to serving the growing needs of our clients. The addition of these preeminent practitioners will enhance our ability to provide our clients nationwide with a competitive business advantage through the protection of their IP assets.”  Jeff Sheldon adds, “We are pleased to find a full-service firm to join and look forward to pairing our intellectual property expertise with other Leech Tishman attorneys to support our existing and new clients; I personally look forward to supporting enterprises where I was born and raised.”

Leech Tishman is a firm dedicated to providing full-service commercial legal services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. We combine a deep understanding of our clients and their businesses with skilled legal counsel to find solutions. We offer legal services in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employment, energy, environmental, safety & toxic torts, estates & trusts, government relations, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. Leech Tishman has offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA and Wilmington, DE. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit www.leechtishman.com.