As an associate attorney at Marger Johnson, Elizabeth excels at breaking down and explaining legal and technological nuances that could otherwise act as overwhelming barriers for clients and inventors. Her intellectual property law practice focuses on patent law, including performing state-of-the-art, patentability, infringement, and validity analyses, helping clients optimize intellectual property protections to best fit their business needs in areas of software, electrical systems, design, manufacturing, optical imaging, battery technologies, power generation, medical devices, diagnostics, consumer products, and others.
Elizabeth strives to truly listen to clients’ goals. She wants to understand the core of the client’s business and how they want to distinguish themselves in the market. By sharing an appreciation for the prospective impact the client hopes to have on the world, she can offer multiple strategies to help clients realize their business plans and more. Elizabeth consults clients on managing intellectual property through various approaches, such as easy-to-implement organizational recommendations for the future and the pursuit of design and utility patents to protect clients’ aesthetic creations and high-tech inventions, respectively. She sees clients through the entire patenting process from application preparation through the grant of the patent and beyond.
Elizabeth believes in the infinite supply of human ingenuity and innovation sparked by the patent system and enjoys assisting clients in designing around technologies already patented and searching through known inventions to navigate clients back to the cutting edge. And when clients’ competitors pose a threat, she utilizes her keen research skills to best formulate legal arguments to invalidate patents, such as in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth built her career in intellectual property law through her in-house experience with Kohler Co., supporting the business in patent-related matters in the engine, generator, and plumbing technologies, as well as through her law firm tenure working as outside counsel, drafting and prosecuting both design and utility patent applications in the electrical, mechanical, and chemical arts for the U.S. and foreign patent offices.
Additionally, she enjoys sharing information about new developments in intellectual property law through her blog, Impeccable IP, which allows her to keep clients up-to-date on issues and trends that can affect their businesses and to develop strategic practical applications of legal subtleties in this area.
Elizabeth is a neophile who enjoys museums, nature, games, painting, crafts, and writing.