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Overview

Nicole is a senior paralegal who concentrates her work in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property litigation.

Nicole assists attorneys and clients on U.S. and international patent and trademark applications and U.S. copyright registrations. She has experience with patent and trademark infringement cases tried in federal courts, and she facilitates the preparation of a variety of licenses, assignments, contracts and agreements.

Working closely with attorneys and clients on trademarks and patents, Nicole sees the entire realm of intellectual property matters from initial idea to defending trademarks. She enjoys thinking ahead for clients and legal teams, attempting to proactively prepare and streamline matters to avoid problems and work cost-effectively.


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Education

  • Paralegal Certificate, St. Louis Community College
  • B.S., Southeast Missouri State University
    • Psychology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
Experience
  • Performed preliminary trademark and patent searches.
  • Prepared and filed patent and trademark applications and related documents with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and foreign trademark offices, including international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications.
  • Prepared and filed all documents required for U.S. prosecution of pending patent applications and issued patent matters, including assignments, declarations, responses to office actions, extensions of time, issue fees, maintenance fees and other documents.
  • Prepared and filed all documents required for U.S. and state prosecution of pending trademark applications and post-registration trademark matters, including assignments, responses to office actions, extensions of time, renewal applications, statements of use, declarations of use and other documents.
  • Managed dockets of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark correspondence, office actions and related matters.
  • Prepared and filed documents with Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) with respect to opposition and cancellation proceedings.
  • Assisted in all facets of foreign patent and issued foreign patent processes.
  • Assisted in all facets of foreign registration and post-registration trademark processes.
  • Researched potential patent, trademark and copyright infringers/infringements to assist in litigation evaluations.
  • Corresponded with clients on proper use and maintenance of patents, trademarks and copyrights.
  • Maintained individual client patent, trademark and copyright portfolios.
  • Prepared and filed copyright applications and related documents with U.S. Copyright Office.
  • Corresponded with clients and foreign associates regarding actions required to obtain and maintain patent and trademark rights.
  • Assisted with preparation of assignments, contracts and licenses.
  • Prepared and filed necessary pleadings throughout litigation proceeding, including notices, motions, stipulations and affidavits.
Outside the Office

Nicole is an avid reader of many genres. She also likes hanging out with friends, family and her dogs and enjoys taking them for walks.

Community Leadership

A recreational runner, Nicole often participates in 5Ks and other races that raise funds and awareness for charitable organizations, causes and medical issues, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and Alzheimer's disease.