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Overview

Sydney brings an engineer’s exacting eye for detail to her work on intellectual property matters for clients.

A licensed professional engineer, Sydney works closely with clients who look to her to handle the technical details associated with the work required to meet their business goals. She works on a variety of transactional matters including: drafting and prosecuting patent applications, registration of trademarks and copyrights, music-licensing, open-source software license compliance, IP due diligence reviews, and preliminary enforcement measures.

Sydney brings a collaborative approach to protecting clients' intellectual property, while also providing research and support for complex patentability and clearance analyses. Clients value Sydney's professional background, particularly her time working in the natural gas industry and in commercial lighting and power design. While earning her master's degree, she managed the installation of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) power generation system in gas processing in the world at time of completion. She also engineered complex lighting and power design systems, implementing energy efficient lighting control systems, working closely with clients to help stretch their project budget and anticipating evolving demands, all without compromising specification quality or project logistics. Sydney has also worked with health scientists and medical professionals to draft patent applications covering scanning technologies and a wide range of medical devices.

Sydney enjoys working with attorneys who emphasize the importance of client-focused solutions and is particularly inspired by Husch Blackwell's commitment to legal excellence and client success. She finds encouragement in Husch Blackwell's team-oriented culture and its mentoring program, noting that attorneys at all levels are invested in the growth of younger colleagues. She also enjoys pro bono work with Lawyers for Creative Arts through the firm's robust Pro Bono initiative. Sydney maintains a closely held connection to her engineering alma mater by serving as an adjunct instructor to non-traditional engineering students.​​​


Service

Education

  • J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law
    • with honors
    • American Jurisprudence Award for Advanced Legal Research
    • OU Law Dean’s Leadership Fellow
    • IP Law Society, President
    • Technology and Legal Innovation Society, Secretary
    • Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law Mentor
  • M.S., University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
  • B.S., University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • with distinction
    • Distinguished Mentor in ECE

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Oklahoma

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Oklahoma Bar Foundation
  • Federal Bar Association


*Contact Sydney to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Chicago office.
Experience
  • Assisted in the research and support of the most recent edition of the Patent Jury Instruction Handbook from Thomson Reuters.
  • Counseled multiple clients, from a global manufacturing leader to a software entrepreneur, on integrating open source software for innovative new technologies, and other license compliance issues.
  • Facilitated an interactive brainstorming session with a large industrial client to help foster innovation, develop additional research goals, and identify patentable subject matter.
Outside the Office

Sydney balances work with outdoor activities and jigsaw puzzles.

Sydney enjoys running, fishing and hiking in the mountains. She also enjoys spending time at home with her husband, two dogs and cat and can often be found working a jigsaw puzzle at the kitchen table. 

Community Leadership
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law and College of Engineering, volunteer, student mentor and guest speaker

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