Joanne M. Denison - Patent Attorney - J.D., B.S.M.E.

JoAnne M. Denison is a patent attorney who has specialized in the areas of patent, trademark and copyright law for the past 25+ years. She was graduated from the University of Illinois in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Thermo-Mechanical Engineering and received her law degree from Indiana University in 1985. During this time she has been associated with the law firms of Cook, Wetzel and Egan; Burditt and Radzius; and, Michael, Best and Friedrich where she was a partner.

Her trademark work includes foreign and domestic prosecution of patents and trademarks, including cancellations and oppositions and appeals before the TTAB and CAFC, and oral arguments and preparation before these courts. Trademark and patent transactional work included extensive foreign and domestic licensing and joint ventures Her patent areas include the fields of basic mechanical, biotech, software and electronics inventions both U.S. and foreign. She has prosecuted litigation appeals to the Illinois Court of Appeals and the Illinois Supreme Court.

She was a member of the Chicago Bar Association. Her activities at the Chicago Bar Association include serving as Chair of the Patents Subcommittee for the years 1987-90, Vice-Chair of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Committee for the years 1990-91 and Chair of this same committee for the years 1991-92. She also served as legislative liaison for the CBA Women in the Law Committee for 1994-95. Her activities at the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago include serving on the Domestic/Foreign Trademark Committee and the Dinner Committee. And, she was for many years on the Chicago Bar Association Special Referral Panel as a recommended Patent, Trademark and Copyright lawyer. She is now a member of the Illinois Bar Association.

She is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the State of North Carolina (inactive), the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent Office (Atty. Reg. No. 34,150).

Ms. Denison is married and has four children, Sean 22, Brendan 21, Matthew 19 and Melissa 16.

Ms. Ge Linda Lei - Law Clerk, B.S., J.D.

Ms. Linda Lei has just earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois in May 2013 and has recently taken the Illinois bar exam. She was graduated from Wuhan University in Wuhan China in 2008 with a B.S. in Biotechnology in the top 4% of her class. She has worked as a research technician for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from 2004 in the areas of muchanisms of cardiac arrhythmias and co-culturing mice stem cells and mice ventricular myocytes in association with new methods to study human cardiac arrhythmias.

Mr. Aaron Kerman - Law Clerk, B.S., J.D.

Mr. Aaron Kerman has just earned his J.D. from the John Marshall School of Law in January 2013 and will soon be taking the bar exam. He was graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with a B.S. in Psychology in May of 2009.

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