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Overview

Laura works hand-in-hand with clients to protect their most innovative technology.

A registered patent attorney, Laura conducts and reviews patentability and freedom to operate searches, and prepares and prosecutes patent applications, both domestic and international, in a number of complicated technologies across industries. Laura also counsels clients and coordinates with foreign counsel on European oppositions in a variety of technological fields.

In addition to patent prosecution, Laura manages large domestic and international trademark portfolios, conducting and reviewing trademark searches to evaluate registration opportunities and issues of infringement, preparing and prosecuting trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and representing clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings. Laura also evaluates copyright matters and counsels clients in protecting copyrightable assets.

Prior to her time at Husch Blackwell, Laura prepared and prosecuted patent applications on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Laura also worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in managing their international trademark portfolio. She has counseled the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to various trademark registrations and assisted the SEC in updating their trademark licensing policies and managing their licenses with third parties.


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Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
      • Dean's List
      • Marquette IP Law Review, Lead Articles Editor
  • B.S., Marquette University
    • Biological Sciences, minor in Chemistry
    • magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Association for Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (WIPLA), Programming Chair, 2017-2018; Treasurer 2018-2019; President Elect 2019-2020

Languages

  • German, conversant
Experience

Biological/Medical Technologies

  • Regularly counseled clients on inventions regarding orthopedic implants, surgical instruments, prostheses, ophthalmic diagnostic devices, dressings and beauty products, among others.

Chemical Technologies

  • Routinely assisted clients with developments including polymers/polymeric compositions, flame retardants, catalyst systems, cable insulation, films/barrier films, nano-/micro-layer films, coatings, packaging and specialty chemicals.

Mechanical/Electrical Technologies

  • Regularly represented client innovations regarding, among others, fuel injection and transmission systems, scaffolding and work platform systems, propulsion systems, bathymetric mapping systems, satellite telemetry, imaging devices, electronic bartering systems, consumer goods, optics and safety devices.
Thought Leadership
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Outside the Office

Laura seeks adventure: under water, in the air, around the globe and between the pages.

Laura is a diver: both scuba and sky. She traces her career choice to reading Nancy Drew adventures in the first grade. She’s still reading: from science fiction to Sherlock Holmes, sometimes in German. Laura and her husband also enjoy sharing a sense of adventure with their young daughter, traveling the world together and exploring new places.

Community Leadership
  • UPAF Ride for the Arts, Entertainment Committee Chair, 2017-2018
Innovative Publishing

Client innovation inspired Laura’s own authorship.

A fierce cheerleader for innovative client ideas and the experimental process it takes to get there, Laura has co-authored with Reji Laberje a 3-volume series “An Experimental Play on Words.” Aiming to prompt readers to write – and think – creatively, the volumes encompass “1000+ Still Useful Words,” “700+ Verbal Emojis” and “500+ Happenings to Prove Existence.”