Agata M. Bogdanowicz, BSBIOE

Prior to joining the HFZ team, I studied Bioengineering and minored in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). During my time at UIC I took part in an Interdisciplinary Product Design course, in partnership with Intuitive Surgical, which allowed me to work on an interdisciplinary team of students to bridge the gap between clinical observation and medical device development. This experience also shed light on the intricate process of medical product design and taught me the importance of strong team dynamics. I also became heavily involved with the Biomedical Engineering Society as its chapter President, which is also where I first learned about the various opportunities for engineers in the legal space. My interests in Intellectual Property Law grew further after taking additional courses in Engineering Law that provided exposure to the multifaceted patenting process.

Currently in my practice as a Patent Engineer at HFZ I am actively learning about the imperative role of engineers, and their technical expertise, in patent prosecution in addition to working alongside attorneys to protect the work of inventors and clients. I am excited to be on the frontlines of innovation and work with technologies from a broad range of fields. Looking forward, I hope to pursue a JD degree at a part-time law program and further refine my skills as a Patent Engineer.

Corinne D. Macnichol, MSBME, BSBME

After receiving my BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan, I worked at Toyota Technical Center designing and evaluating crashworthy vehicle structures. Later, I worked at an applied engineering research center at the Ohio State University helping inventors increase the technology readiness level of their products with detailed designs, prototyping, and testing. I have experience developing electro-mechanical products including medical devices and manufacturing automation tools. In my roles both as an inventor and working on technical development with other inventors my interest was piqued in the dynamic and diverse field of patent law.

 

Currently in my practice as a Patent Engineer at HFZ I leverage my industry experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications to protect the work of our clients.

Emmett T. Russell, BSBME

Before joining HFZ, I studied biomechanical engineering at Marquette University. While studying at Marquette, I worked at Medela, LLC in the Product Development department where I assisted in researching, developing, and testing electrical and mechanical aspects of pumps and associated production processes. I became interested in intellectual property through my grandfather who is the inventor of several patents in the construction industry (e.g., US 4,000,592).

Working at HFZ has allowed me to utilize my engineering background as well as my passion for learning about new and emerging technologies. Here I enjoy working with the inventors at the forefront of innovation to develop and protect their inventive concepts.

Kaitlyn A. Nordmeyer, BSBME

Before joining the HFZ team, I studied biomedical engineering at Marquette University. While at Marquette, I worked on several design projects focused on programming systems to help monitor patient vitals as well as the implementation of different image processing techniques. I also worked at Marquette Energy Analytics for two years as a data analyst working with client data sets and where I helped improve automation in different company processes. Through these experiences with innovation, I gained first-hand experience with patents in industry.

Working at HFZ allows me to work with a variety of cutting-edge technologies. This work enables me to help provide other engineers the ability to continue innovating through our protection of their intellectual property.

Stephanie L. Chin, BSBME

Before joining the HFZ team, I studied Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University with minors in Computer Science and Bioethics. During this time, I worked in a lab developing a rapid, noninvasive screening procedure for hemodialysis patients using digital analysis of blood flow sounds to determine the location and severity of stenosis. I assisted in creating a benchtop test using vascular stenosis phantoms with various levels of narrowing in order to determine a spectral feature of blood flow sounds that correctly predicts the location and severity of stenosis. I was introduced to the field of intellectual property before I disclosed the results of my tests at an IEEE conference. Working at HFZ as a Patent Engineer has solidified my interest in intellectual property prosecution while allowing me to maintain my technical background.

Sophia P. Pilipchuk, Ph.D BME, MSBME, BSBME

Having over 10 years of experience working with engineers and scientists in university-based research laboratories, I appreciate the effort and dedication that goes into the development and validation of novel technologies. As a doctoral student, I authored and co-authored research and review articles in Advanced Healthcare Materials, Dental Materials, and Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, obtaining substantial practice in the communication of novel concepts. I also worked as a Tech Transfer Fellow at the University of Michigan Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)—evaluating a wide range of invention disclosures, assessing prior art, drafting marketing abstracts, and identifying potential licensees—which significantly strengthened my interest in patent law. After completing a doctoral thesis, I worked with engineers and surgeons as a Biomedical Innovation Fellow in UM’s Pediatric Surgery Section to identify medical device needs through clinical immersion. This process inspired design and development of new product solutions to fulfill the needs and expectations of the Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium (MPED) program. This work expanded my knowledge of medical device technologies and commercialization strategies.

At HFZ, I work together with patent attorneys and patent engineers to help clients secure protection for their innovative ideas and maximize the economic value of their patents. At HFZ, I can utilize my previous experiences to help advocate for inventors and assist in securing the full extent of intellectual property protection to which they are entitled.

C. Taylor Grote, BSEE

Prior to joining the HFZ team, I studied Electrical Engineering Technology at Purdue University. Project and design work at Purdue included developing embedded control systems for digital washing machines and performing a design/build for an Atomic Force Microscope. Additionally, I interned with Grote Industries assisting in the design and manufacture of the newly emerging thin film LED technology for truck and trailer interior and exterior lighting. I also tested optical, electrical and mechanical compliances and specifications for LED technology within the industry. I was introduced to Intellectual Property working as a summer intern for an IP law firm.

Working at HFZ has allowed me to grow my knowledge and passion for new and emerging technologies while working alongside intelligent, seasoned patent attorneys. I strive to help our clients attain their Intellectual Property rights which contributes to the overall health of our economic system.

Kristopher T. Sabatini, BSME, BSAE

Prior to joining the HFZ team as a Patent Engineer, I studied Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. As part of my education process, I co-oped with GE Aviation as a Product Design and Mission Analysis Engineer. I became interested in Intellectual Property Law during my junior year of college as President of Case Western’s Mock Trial program. Patent Law enhances my dual interests in engineering and law. At HFZ, I exercise my engineering know-how and passion for cutting edge technology to assist in the preparation and prosecution of patents for our clients.

Andrew R. Varrenti, JD, MSEE, BSEE

Before joining the HFZ team, I worked as a senior electrical engineer at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in the Well Services and Coiled Tubing control system group. I designed, developed, and commissioned electrical control systems on next generation land and offshore mixing equipment for high pressure pumping fluid delivery applications. I have extensive experience in electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic control systems and a knowledge base in a wide array of commercial and industrial sensor technologies as well as programmable logic devices.

At HFZ, my practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting domestic, international, and foreign patent applications in the electro-mechanical, electrical, and software arts in a broad range of technologies including: aerospace, analog and digital circuit design, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud and edge computing, fluid control devices and systems, and network security. I leverage my industry experience in comprehensively developing invention disclosures to achieve both short and long-term patent portfolio management strategies and protection.

James C. Redondo, JD, BSEE

At HFZ, I am honored to protect the innovation and technologies of our clients. Prior to joining HFZ, I was a mathematics teacher at Noble Street College Prep, where I taught trigonometry. At Law Bulletin, I programmed automated test software for new developing applications. At Continental Automotive Group I ran a series of EMC tests and programed transmission control units for 4×4 SUVs.

HFZ allows me to use my diverse background and skill set to problem solve during the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.