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Sydney N. Forsander

Sydney N. Forsander, P.E.


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

A licensed professional electrical 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, developing artificial intelligence policies, music-licensing, IP due diligence reviews, and preliminary enforcement measures. She brings a collaborative approach to protecting clients’ intellectual property, while also providing research and support for complex patentability and clearance analyses.

Sydney works on a wide range of technologies including software applications, artificial intelligence-based solutions, robotics, scanning technologies, medical devices, data processing techniques, lighting systems, communications protocols, image processing, aquatic systems, industrial equipment, agricultural equipment, electronics, food processing systems, digital mental health innovations, jewelry, and clothing. She is also highly knowledgeable in Open Source Software (OSS) licensing and frequently counsels clients on developing and implementing OSS policies, integrating OSS components into commercial products, and enforcement issues.

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 energy efficient lighting and power design systems, working closely with clients to help stretch their project budget and anticipating evolving demands, all without compromising specification quality or project logistics.

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 and Communities for Change through the firm’s robust Pro Bono initiative. Sydney maintains a closely held connection to her engineering alma mater by serving as an adjunct professor to law students and non-traditional engineering students.




  • J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law
    • with honors
    • 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 Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Illinois
  • Oklahoma
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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.
2023 Pro Bono Champion
  • 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