Professional Experience

PayPal, Inc., San Jose, California

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy.  Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person.  Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid.  Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in many currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in many currencies.

Patent Counsel, 2016

  • Prepare and procure patent applications
  • Conduct innovation capture and invention disclosure sessions with inventors
  • Stay current with patent law changes
  • Develop best practices
  • Manage outside counsel
  • Work with inventors to encourage innovation
  • Interface independently with the United States Patent and Trademark Office

K&L Gates, LLP, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Patent Attorney, 2016

  • Prepare and prosecute patent application
  • Prepare patentability opinions
  • Counsel clients in transactional matters, such as mergers and acquisitions

WESTMAN, CHAMPLIN & KOEHLER, P.A., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Registered Patent Attorney, 2010 – 2016

Law Clerk, 2007 – 2010

Advise entrepreneurial firms and Fortune 500 corporations in the United States, European and Asian markets to create robust intellectual property strategies that maximize intellectual property protection, reduce the risk of liability for infringement claims and drive competitive advantage by integrating legal, technology and business functions

  • Prepare and prosecute complex patent applications in a wide variety of electrical and mechanical arts
  • Prepare patentability and clearance opinions
  • Draft license agreements, including multi-national end-user license agreements, joint development and supplier agreements
  • Perform due diligence analysis of intellectual property assets for mergers and acquisitions
  • Manage the firm’s worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, through collaboration with local counsel, on matters pending before international patent and trademark offices
  • Initiate and defend trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and internationally


  • Aerospace and defense: unmanned aerial vehicle control systems, autonomous collisions avoidance systems for vehicle control, synthetic air data systems, pressure vessel systems
  • Clean energy: wind turbines, solar preheating systems
  • Electronics: light-source modules, robotic storage and retrieval systems
  • Energy, utilities and power systems: field and plant networks, power adapters and converters
  • Healthcare: medical and surgical devices
  • Manufacturing: automotive testing and charging equipment, mechanical testing and simulation systems, three-dimensional modeling (additive manufacturing) systems
  • Oil and gas: pressure, temperature, flow, level and safety measurement instrumentation; integrated control systems; valve automation systems; coated piping systems; marine and offshore tank level measurement equipment; geological fractal analysis of natural systems
  • Software: computer operating systems, linguistic analysis systems, mobile devices
  • Telecommunications: data carriers, video sequence and video signal switching systems, compression-encoding and storage media systems


Adjunct Professor, IP Appellate Practice Law School Class, 2016

  • Co-taught a course on specialized legal writing and oral advocacy skills