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 24, Brendan 23, Matthew 20 and Melissa 18.
Mr. Alexander M. Schoultheis - Attorney, B.A., J.D.
Mr. Schoultheis was graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree cum laude in Political Science and History in December of 2008. He was graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in May of 2012 with a JD. He has been associated with the firms Eric Deters and Partners P.S.C. in 2012 to 2013; and was a law clerk at Little, Meyers & Assocs. Ltd. in Ohio. He has experience in probate law, criminal law, medical malpractice and personal injury, guardianships, decedents estates, estate administration and trusts. In 2008 he was the chief intern to Congressman Steve Chabot in Washington, DC. He is licensed in Ohio currently and will take the Feb. 2014 Illinois bar exam. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Association.
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