Gordon & Rees’s IP Blitz

The IP Blitz blog provides 21st-century strategies for patent, trademark, and copyrights.

Edited by Gordon & Rees partner Susan Meyer with contributions by members of the Gordon & Rees Intellectual Property Practice Group, the IP Blitz discusses all aspects of IP rights at home and abroad.

In addition to the traditional IP components of patents, trademark and trade dress, and copyright, Gordon & Rees’s Intellectual Property Practice Group is experienced in trade secrets, Internet-related issues, rights of privacy, and issues of unfair competition and antitrust as well as regulatory compliance. The group’s lawyers are highly experienced at negotiating and drafting development agreements, licenses, and distribution, joint venture, strategic alliance and vendor services agreements. They also have extensive experience protecting IP rights by crafting and implementing cost-efficient enforcement programs related to seizures, injunctions, anti-counterfeiting and the gray market.

The Intellectual Property Practice Group regularly undertakes prosecution and administrative proceedings before the USPTO, U.S. Copyright Office, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as foreign bodies through correspondent counsel. More than half of our IP lawyers are admitted to practice before the USPTO, and our members include a former USPTO examiner, adjunct professors and instructors of law, and a certified arbitrator and mediator with the International Trademark Association Panel of Neutrals and the American Arbitration Association.


smeyerSusan Meyer is the managing partner of the Gordon & Rees South Dakota office and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. A registered patent attorney, Ms. Meyer’s practice focuses on intellectual property, specifically, litigation, licensing and transfer, biotechnology patent prosecution, and trademark and copyright prosecution. Ms. Meyer provides trademark clearance searches, portfolio management, prosecution, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board representation. She has filed and prosecuted hundreds of trademark applications and has an extensive background in domain name trademark enforcement matters.


bamatoBenni Amato is a partner in the San Diego office of Gordon & Rees. Her practice focuses on trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secrets litigation; trademark registrations; licensing agreements; Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) arbitration proceedings; and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, ranging from fitness training companies to Internet social publishing companies, and more.

rdammannReid Dammann is a partner in the Los Angeles and San Diego offices of Gordon & Rees. He represents clients in both the procurement and enforcement of intellectual property. Mr. Dammann handles intellectual property cases, primarily involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition and misappropriation in a wide range of technologies and industry sectors including communications, computer related technologies, electronics, Internet technologies, semiconductor, software, mechanical devices and consumer products.

LDornyA. Louis Dorny is senior counsel in Gordon & Rees’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Dorny represents clients in a wide range of matters, including cases involving antitrust law, class certification, copyright law, legal malpractice, patent law, privacy law, product liability, securities and white collar defense. A former UNIX systems administrator and IT consultant, Mr. Dorny is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US) and advises clients in connection with privacy and cyber security compliance.

sflahertySean Flaherty is senior counsel with the Intellectual Property practice group in the San Diego office of Gordon & Rees. His practice focuses on both litigation and prosecution. As a licensed patent attorney, he counsels clients through all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution. Mr. Flaherty assists clients in building and maintaining their intellectual property portfolios. He works closely with clients to develop real-world strategies aimed at maximizing the value of their IP, whether through acquisition, licensing, or enforcement.

SFlynnSean Flynn is a partner in the Orange County office. Mr. Flynn’s areas of Intellectual Property experience include: automotive, digital art (creation and distribution), film, fashion, and music (publishing and recording). Within these creative fields, Mr. Flynn has handled corporate and transactional work for individuals and corporations, as well as litigating multi-million dollar claims regarding copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement, false advertising, and/or unfair business practices.

dheckadonDavid Heckadon is of counsel in Gordon & Rees’s San Francisco office. His practice focuses on patent application and prosecution. He has significant experience managing corporate patent portfolios and dockets (both domestic and foreign), and managing the patenting process from reviewing initial invention disclosure forms and meeting with inventors to drafting and prosecuting patents to allowance. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Heckadon also handles matters covering trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, trade secrets, licensing, technology transfer, and non-disclosure and non-compete agreements in global markets.

khullKathryn Hull is a senior counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution in the biotechnology and life sciences fields. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Ms. Hull worked in-house at a molecular diagnostic company where her experience included patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, freedom-to-operate analysis, patent validity analysis, and patentability analysis.

kcordovaKathryn Lafferty is an associate in the Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property practice groups of Gordon & Rees. Her practice involves extensive pre-trial discovery, briefing and arguing pre-trial motions, furthering alternative dispute resolution efforts, and related trial experience, including Second Chair responsibilities during a successful week-long arbitration resulting in a six-figure arbitration award for the firm’s client.

pmulkernPatrick Mulkern is an associate in the San Diego office of Gordon & Rees. Mr. Mulkern’s intellectual property practice focuses primarily on patent and trademark litigation. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Mulkern was an associate at a boutique patent litigation firm in San Diego. There, he assisted in developing and defending a medical device company’s patent portfolio in litigation across multiple districts – leading to the startup’s acquisition by a Fortune 500 firm.

ksimmermanKirstie Simmerman is a partner in the Dallas office of Gordon & Rees. She has handled the prosecution and defense of copyrights, trademarks, trade secret misappropriation claims and defamation actions. She also devotes a portion of her practice to the representation of national franchisors in litigation enforcing franchise agreement terminations, non-compete restrictions and indemnification provisions. She has successfully represented franchisors in intellectual property disputes and trademark infringement actions against franchisees.

jslavittJoshua Slavitt is a registered patent attorney and a partner in the Philadelphia office of Gordon & Rees. Mr. Slavitt practices in all areas of intellectual property law. He counsels inventors, early stage ventures, established technology companies, universities, and investor groups on the strategic use of intellectual property with an emphasis on IP creation and acquisition strategies, IP portfolio management, and IP monetization.

rsybertRichard Sybert is a senior partner and co-chair of Gordon & Rees’s Intellectual Property practice group. He has a national and international practice representing and counseling major U.S. and foreign businesses in complex litigation and arbitration in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. His areas of expertise include all aspects of intellectual property including trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets; unfair competition including antitrust and trade secrets; and complex commercial litigation including franchise and contracts.

evargasElias Vargas is a registered patent attorney and associate at the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is experienced in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various electrical and electromechanical technologies. His experience includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications related to cloud computing, software solutions, computer architecture, computer hardware and mobile virtualization, graphic user interfaces, video and image processing, optical components and systems, and medical, automotive and sensor devices.