PROFESSIONALS

Curtis B. Hamre

Founding Partner

Mr. Hamre is an intellectual property business strategist for clients ranging from individuals and start-up companies to large, multi-national companies, both domestic and foreign. With his domestic and international IP knowledge and deep experience, he practices patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including licensing and enforcement. He works on IP prosecution, IP legal opinions, IP due diligence and licensing, enforcement, and counseling clients with respect to IP portfolio management and IP business strategies.

Michael D. Schumann

Founding Partner

Mr. Schumann practices U.S. and international patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, infringement and validity opinions, IP acquisition and licensing, and counseling clients with respect to IP portfolio management and IP business strategies. The leader of our China Team, he has traveled extensively in China and Asia for over 25 years, building a network of IP professional relationships that helps to serve both U.S. and international clients.

Douglas P. Mueller

Founding Partner

Mr. Mueller represents U.S. and overseas clients in proceedings at the USPTO, and has had significant relationships with law firms and companies in Japan throughout his career. His practice focuses on U.S. and international patent and trademark prosecution including reexaminations and interferences, infringement and validity opinions, and counseling clients with respect to IP acquisition, portfolio management and business strategies.

James A. Larson

Founding Partner

Mr. Larson practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent procurement and strategy; post-patent issuance practice such as reissues and reexaminations (ex parte and inter partes); patent novelty, infringement and validity opinions; and client counseling for both established and emerging businesses.

Bryan A. Wong

Partner

Mr. Wong practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on patents in a variety of technologies including the biochemical, chemical, mechanical, and electrical mechanical arts. His practice focuses on patent procurement for U.S. and international clients (including all aspects of patent examination proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office), infringement investigations and patentability studies, and IP aspects of licensing and joint development agreements.

Rong (Christine) Yang

Partner

Ms. Yang practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on U.S. and international patent prosecution. She practices in a variety of technologies including mechanical and electrical/ mechanical arts. Ms. Yang has experience in IP licensing, contracts and agreements, corporate patent portfolio planning and strategy matters, and patent litigation.

Languages:
Mandarin

Alexander J. Kim

Partner

Mr. Kim focuses on matters involving U.S. patent prosecution and counseling clients on international patent matters.

Languages:
Korean

Amol H. Kavathekar

Partner

Mr. Kavathekar practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on U.S. and international patent procurement and strategy. He practices on a variety of technologies including electrical, software, mechanical, and material science arts. His practice focuses on counseling clients on U.S. and international patent portfolio procurement, management and development; patentability, infringement, validity, and freedom to operate opinions; and IP acquisition, licensing, and due diligence agreements.

Languages:
Hindi

Masako Yoshida

Partner

Ms. Yoshida practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent prosecution and licensing. She has experience in a broad range of international and domestic licensing and commercial transactions as a licensing, corporate development, and sales and marketing manager, as well as pharmaceutical and medical device domestic registration, pharmaceutical licensing, professional services, and laboratory work.

Languages:
Japanese & German

Yuhgo Maruta

Patent Attorney

Mr. Maruta’s practice is focused patent application and prosecution. He brings over seven years of research experience in the areas of molecular biology, computational biology, biochemistry and chemistry, as well as genetic engineering and immunology.

Languages:
Japanese

Anthony Marshik

Patent Attorney/Patent Agent

Mr. Marshik practices general intellectual property law focusing on U.S. and international patent procurement and strategy.

Sarah G. Voeller

Patent Attorney

Ms. Voeller practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on trademarks and copyrights, U.S. and international trademark prosecution and trademark portfolio management, trademark searches, availability and registrability opinions, infringement opinions, and acquisitions, licensing, and business strategies. From client counseling and infringement analyses to cease and desist letters, negotiations, and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, she protects clients against trademark, counterfeiting, domain name and other threats to clients’ marks and brands.

Languages:
French

Ralph W. Beha

Special Counsel

Mr. Beha is a commercial, international and corporate transactional lawyer and advisor. He counsels and represents clients in international and domestic joint ventures, technology transfers, licenses, M&A transactions, and dispute resolution as well as corporate and contractual matters, including entity formation, vendor and sourcing contracts, distribution arrangements, financing and other business agreements.

Languages:
German, Mandarin & French

Sandra Epp Ryan

Special Counsel

Sandra Epp Ryan’s practice focuses on U.S. and international trademark counseling, prosecution and enforcement and global brand portfolio development and management.

Ryan D. Sharp

Patent Attorney

Mr. Sharp practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on U.S. and international patent procurement and strategy.

Yinfei Wu

Associate Attorney

Ms. Wu practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on trademark law, commercial agreements, licensing, technology transfer and IP enforcement, including litigation and dispute resolution practices in both the U.S. and China. Ms. Wu also advises on issues related to IP licensing, trademark registration, joint venture, and general international business transactions with clients and counterparts in Taiwan and China.

Languages:
Mandarin

Kristen M. Clark

Patent Attorney/Patent Agent

Ms. Clark practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on U.S. and international patent prosecution and strategy.

Eunhye (Grace) Lee

Law Clerk

Ms. Lee assists the firms' attorneys in domestic and international patent prosecution matters, as well as various IP issues related to Korea. Before joining HSML, Ms. Lee prosecuted patent cases in telecommunication, electronic device, semiconductor and material engineering before the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) for several years, as well as representing clients before the Patent Court of Korea.

Languages:
Korean

Bing Yang

Law Clerk

Mr. Yang had 20 years’ research and development (R&D) experience in the field of computer engineering and technology

Languages:
Mandarin & Cantonese

Dr. Xiongying Tu

Patent Agent

Dr. Tu focuses on preparing and prosecuting US and international patent applications. He has had 18 years of hands-on research experience at the forefront of chemistry, chemical biology, biophysics and computational biology working with universities in both China and the U.S.

Languages:
Mandarin

Xiaojing (Jane) Liu

Patent Engineer

Ms. Liu practiced intellectual property law as a senior counsel in Siemens Limited China for three years, where she gained insights into how IP helps multinational companies reach their business goals. In addition to patent drafting and prosecution, Ms. Liu has also developed tailored IP strategies for R&D teams in diverse product areas, conducted patent searches and product risk analyses, and drafted IP-related contracts.

Languages:
Mandarin