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COJK Adds to IP Team

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  • COJK Firm
  • November 08, 2022

COJK adds to the team with additions to the life sciences and mechanical patent practices and the trademark practice. The firm is pleased to announce the return of attorneys Margie B. Aoki and Jake T. Ferderer to the firm, and to welcome of counsel attorney Sangeeta K. Cheema, Ph.D., associate attorneys Julie A. Bowman, Ph.D., and Kelsey A. Cloud, patent agent Christopher T. Campbell, and technology specialist W. Brenden Carlson, Ph.D.

Margie B. Aoki recently returned to the firm as a member of the mechanical patent practice, where she utilizes her 18 years of patent law experience to craft robust utility and design patent applications that highlight clients’ innovations. Margie has experience working with technologies related to food processing equipment and other machinery, heavy duty vehicles, alternative and clean energy, surveillance equipment, mobility support devices, consumer products, medical devices, and spacecraft systems. Margie received her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law, cum laude, and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Jake T. Ferderer also returns to COJK as a member of the mechanical patent practice, bringing his strong mechanical engineering experience to serve clients in the fields of aerospace, automotive, medical device, heavy machinery, semiconductor, agricultural, alternative energy, and consumer products. Jake assists companies in all stages of development in building strong intellectual property portfolios. His 10 years of experience as a mechanical engineer and product liability consultant at PACCAR Inc provides Jake with a sophisticated perspective on in-house business operations which helps him to align with clients’ business objectives and provide tailored intellectual property counsel. Jake received his J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law, cum laude, and earned his M.S. degree and his B.S. degree, cum laude, in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.

Sangeeta K. Cheema, Ph.D., joins the firm’s patent practice group, focusing her practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in biotechnology and related sciences, with specialization in cancer biology, molecular biology, physiology, neurology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, and nanotechnology. Sangeeta brings over 10 years of patent experience to her practice, working within a variety of in-house, educational and research institution, and private practice roles, enabling her to develop practical, business-centric solutions to address clients’ needs. Sangeeta received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law, cum laude, and holds a Ph.D. in cancer biology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in microbiology from Panjab University in India.

Julie A. Bowman, Ph.D., recently hired as an associate after a three-year clerkship at the firm, joins as an attorney in the life sciences patent practice. Julie devotes her time to the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for inventions in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, biological sciences, materials science, and botany. Prior to attending law school, Julie was a scientist at the Infectious Disease Research Institute where she conducted organic chemistry research toward discovery of novel therapeutic candidates, vaccine adjuvants, and diagnostic tools for use in treatment, prevention, understanding, and detection of infectious diseases. Julie earned her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law, summa cum laude, and holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in chemistry from the University of Washington.

Kelsey A. Cloud, also a COJK law clerk recently hired as an associate, joins the firm’s trademark practice group, where she devotes her time to the clearance, registration, maintenance, and enforcement of trademarks. Kelsey also advises clients on copyright filing, protection, and enforcement. Her experience extends to the negotiation, review, and drafting of intellectual property licenses, privacy policies, terms of use, and other commercial contracts, such as customer, vendor, partner, and data processing agreements. Kelsey earned her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and holds a B.S. in strategic communications and advertising, with a minor in political science, with Distinction, from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Christopher T. Campbell joins COJK’s life sciences patent practice as a patent agent. Chris collaborates with other patent practitioners and clients to develop and implement strategies for building patent portfolios. Chris draws on his experience as a patent practitioner and as a researcher and scientist to provide well-rounded patent services for life sciences and interdisciplinary technologies. Chris holds a M.S. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in chemistry from Missouri S&T.

W. Brenden Carlson, Ph.D., brings to the firm his strong chemical and biotechnology background acquired from his years working in product development with leading corporations. With significant experience in technologies such as food and beverage, organo-electronics, pharmaceuticals, and polymers, Brenden applies his design, formulation, and manufacturing knowledge to write comprehensive patent applications to protect clients’ products and technologies. Brenden holds a Ph.D. in organic and inorganic chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Washington.

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