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Ali Assar

Ali Assar

Ali Assar is a Patent Attorney, and is admitted to practice in Ohio as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ali earned his Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and received his Bachelors degree in Biology from Case Western Reserve University. Ali also earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University.

Ali is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), and served as the Vice President of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association at Cleveland-Marshall for two years.

Ali has experience prosecuting patent applications in a variety of technical areas, including computer hardware, software, internet, and communications. Before practicing as a Patent Attorney, Ali managed and developed the technology resources of an engineering company.

216-654-0090 x1084 | aassar@cooperlegalgroup.com

Amin Assar

Amin Assar

Amin Assar is a Patent Engineer. Amin earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering at Cleveland State University, where he was an honor student. Amin is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has worked in the electronics industry for two years, where he has gained experience in designing, programming and implementing printed circuit boards.

216-654-0090 x1084 | aminassar@cooperlegalgroup.com

Jacqueline Cooper

Jacqueline Cooper

Jacqueline Cooper is an Attorney admitted to practice in the State of Ohio and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She is also a Member of the Ohio State Bar Association. Prior to becoming an owner of Cooper Legal Group, Jackie worked at a Fortune 200 Company, initially as an attorney in the Legal Department and then as Assistant Corporate Secretary and Senior Advisor. Her roles included a focus on corporate governance issues and general corporate practice, including contract drafting and negotiating, and providing advice on a variety of business and legal issues affecting intellectual property, sales and marketing, real estate, purchasing, customer service, transmission distribution, communications, and governmental affairs groups.

Jackie earned her law degree in 1997 from The University of Akron School of Law, where she was Managing Editor of the Law Review and was a recipient of the Dean’s Club for Law Review Scholarship. In 1993, she graduated cum laude from The University of Akron with a bachelor of arts degree in German. She studied in Konstanz, Germany from 1991 to 1992 and reads, writes, and speaks conversant German.

Jackie also serves on the County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board.

216-654-0090 x1077 | jcooper@cooperlegalgroup.com

William Cooper

William Cooper

William Cooper is a Patent Attorney, and is admitted to practice in Ohio and the District of Columbia as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Bill is also a member of the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association. Bill has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in many technical areas, including, inter alia, computer hardware and software, search, internet, business methods, semiconductor processing, medical imaging, communications, signal processing, circuitry, logic, lasers, ion implantation, automotive safety, and mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies.

Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, cum laude, in 1992 from Ohio University, where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from Ohio University in 1994. Bill went on to receive his Juris Doctor, as well as a Master of Taxation, in 1997 from the University of Akron. Recently he was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for 2015.

216-654-0090 x1085 | wcooper@cooperlegalgroup.com

Don Firca

Don Firca

Don Firca is a seasoned patent attorney with significant experience handling patent preparation and prosecution in the electrical, computer, chemical, and software related arts. Don also has experience with licensing, strategic IP counseling, IP related contract matters, and opinion work.

Don received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006 and his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1998 both from the University of Akron. Don received his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University in 2001. Don is admitted to practice in Ohio as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Don is associated with the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

216-654-0090 x1075 | dfirca@cooperlegalgroup.com

Marcus Fischer

Marcus Fischer

Marcus Fischer is a Patent Attorney, registered to practice in Ohio and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Marcus earned his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from The University of Akron School of Law. He also earned a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law for his extensive coursework in intellectual property. While at Akron, he served on Law Review for two years and participated in the Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition, where he advanced to the national competition. Marcus has also been recognized as the top academic achiever in eight classes, including Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Prosecution, Patent Prosecution, and International Patent Prosecution.

Marcus is in the process of earning a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on computer engineering, and with an expected graduation date in the Spring of 2017. He also received a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in environmental engineering from Miami University. While at Miami University, he served as Chair of the Student Technology Advising Committee and as a member of the President’s Council on Technology. Marcus also participated in the design and deployment of university-wide computing services.

Marcus is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

216-654-0090 x1089 | mfischer@cooperlegalgroup.com

James Irwin

James Irwin

James Irwin is an Attorney, registered to practice in the State of Ohio with experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, with an emphasis in the electrical, medical and chemical arts. James also has extensive experience in the generation of infringement, validity and freedom to operate opinions, with an emphasis on counseling clients with respect to chemical, electrical and biotechnology litigation, validity and infringement issues. Additionally, James is experienced in preparing Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA’s) containing Paragraph IV challenges under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Prior to entering the legal field, James worked as an analytical chemist for Akron Rubber Development Labs. He was responsible for conducting FDA approval and compliance testing, as well as independent testing for various other pharmaceutical, aerospace, and transportation companies and organizations. James also received grants from the NIH & NSF to conduct research at Duquesne University and North Dakota State University. James’s research focused on drug-phospholipid interactions and pharmacokinetic enzyme inhibition.

James received his Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Chemistry and Chemistry, in 2005 from Youngstown State University, where he was the President of the Youngstown State Chapter of the American Chemical Society and a member of the National Honors Society. James went on to receive his Juris Doctor in 2009 from The University of Akron School of law. He also earned a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law for his extensive coursework in intellectual property. While at Akron, he served on Law Review for two years and served as the Executive Editor of the Akron Intellectual Property Law Journal. James also co-founded The University of Akron’s Health Law Society. James was recognized as the top academic achiever in several of his classes while at The University of Akron.

James is a member of the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the American Chemical Society.

216-654-0090 | jirwin@cooperlegalgroup.com

Ron Kachmarik

Ron Kachmarik

Ron Kachmarik is a patent attorney having over two decades of experience in intellectual property. During his career he has developed expertise in numerous areas, including preparation, prosecution and appeals of patent and trademark applications, primarily in the mechanical, electrical, biomedical and optical arts. Much of his current work is focused upon client care, management and counseling. This work includes intellectual property portfolio management, opinion (e.g., validity and infringement) rendering and agreement (e.g., transfer, confidentiality and nondisclosure) drafting/negotiation. His current work also includes functioning as in-house intellectual property counsel for clients, including multinational companies.

Ron began his intellectual property career as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He gained invaluable experience while at the USPTO. As a result, he has a thorough understanding of the processes and procedures at the USPTO, and such understanding provides for an inside perspective of Examiners. Also, his years of direct work with corporate engineers has led to an enhanced ability to establish beneficial relationships concerning matters of corporate intellectual property.

Ron is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Ron is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (Treasurer, 1999-2001), the International Trademark Association, and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).

Ron received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics in 1987 from the University of Akron, and went on to receive his Juris Doctor in 1994 from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

216-654-0090 x1080 | rkachmarik@cooperlegalgroup.com

Martin Kilbane

Martin Kilbane

Martin Kilbane is a patent attorney with experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the electrical, mechanical, and electro-mechanical arts, and has also rendered patentability, validity, and infringement opinions.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Martin was an Engineer at Process Technology, Inc. where he redesigned heaters and heat exchangers used in semiconductor and PCB manufacturing. He also provided engineering support for programming and wiring of temperature controls and PLCs while at Process Technology, Inc.

Martin earned his Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School where he was a member of the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, serving as a staff editor for 2007-2008. Martin received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, and is expecting to receive his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in the Spring of 2017.

Martin is admitted to practice in Ohio and Illinois as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Martin is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

216-654-0090 x1081 | mkilbane@cooperlegalgroup.com

Peter Kraguljac

Peter Kraguljac

Peter Kraguljac is a patent attorney with over two decades of experience in intellectual property. His focus is on patent preparation, prosecution, strategic IP counseling, and opinion work in the computer, electrical, and software related arts.

Pete received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering (Software and EE options) from The Ohio State University in 1989, and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1994. Pete is admitted to practice in Ohio as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to being a patent attorney Pete worked as an engineer writing firmware for F-16 fighter jets and developing mainframe-to-PC interfaces. Pete has served as the Chair of an IP Department at a 120+ attorney law firm.

Some specific technologies with which Pete has experience include, but are not limited to, PCs, servers, peripheral devices, clustered systems, networking, interfaces, enterprise systems, cloud based technologies, optical systems, spectrophotometers, calibration equipment, memory controllers and memory devices, software controlled systems, embedded systems, operating systems, signal processing, video encoders/decoders, database structures, indexing, querying techniques, digital imaging hardware, software, and mechanical systems, laser printing, ink jet print heads and cartridges, substrate manufacturing and circuit design, wireless communications, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FPGA chips, and design tools.

216-654-0090 x1070 | pkraguljac@cooperlegalgroup.com

David Stein

David Stein

David Stein is a Patent Attorney, and is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. David earned his Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2001, and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property sections of the American Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Association, and the Association for Computing Machinery. David also holds a Master of Computer and Information Science degree from Cleveland State University in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from The Ohio State University in 1997. David is presently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.

David has acquired experience in the software arts, both as intellectual property counsel for software and internet oriented companies, and as a designer and programmer of advanced software technologies, including artificial intelligence algorithms and relational databases. David also spent several years with a technology transfer group, where he sought to identify and obtain protection for inventions arising from academic and clinical research across a broad spectrum of life sciences technologies. During his undergraduate years, David committed three summers conducting clinical and basic research in the fields of neurology and neurological surgery. Through these experiences and his professional practice, David has acquired experience in many life sciences technologies, including gene sequencing, protein analysis, bioinformatics, medical imaging in various modalities, and electronic medical record (EMR) interfaces.

David blogs about his observations about U.S. patent examination and prosecution at USPTO Talk.

216-654-0090 x1083 | dstein@cooperlegalgroup.com

Daniel Tate

Daniel Tate

Daniel A. Tate is a Patent Attorney, registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2007. Dan earned his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Akron School of Law where he ranked in the top ten percent of his class and maintained a full ride scholarship. He held a "leadership" position on Law Review and has authored an article on the role of judges and juries in determining issues of obviousness in regard to patent validity. Dan is licensed to practice law in Ohio and passed the Ohio bar exam within the top two percent of exam takers.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Akron, having graduated cum laude and having covered a broad range of topics involving hardware and software design. Before practicing as a Patent Attorney, Dan acquired technical experience as a Software Engineer at Tegron and as a Computer Engineer Co-Op with Research Triangle Institute while researching the thermoelectric properties of semiconductors. In his spare time, Dan is an avid runner with his wife Colleen.

216-654-0090 x1088 | dtate@cooperlegalgroup.com

Abdul Zindani

Abdul Zindani

Abdul Zindani is a Patent Attorney admitted to practice in Texas and Oklahoma, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Abdul has gained significant experience in many aspects of intellectual property while serving as in-house patent counsel for Texas Instruments and Research In Motion (Blackberry) and as outside counsel at large law firms. Abdul also worked at Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs for over a decade where he was a technical manager for broadband products.

Abdul’s IP experience extends to, among other things, patent preparation and prosecution, strategy, licensing, litigation, settlement negotiations, portfolio acquisition, portfolio monetization, strategic patent prosecution, and managing outside counsel. He has extensive experience with regard to semiconductor, telecommunication, computer hardware & software, and medical instrumentation technologies.

Abdul received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1987. He received his Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University in 1995. Abdul obtained his J.D. Cum Laude in 2000 from Oklahoma City University, School of Law and received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. He also received his Master of Science in Management & Administrative Science from the University of Texas, School of Management, in 2010 and his Master of Arts in International Management Studies in 2012. He is on track to receive his Master of Business Administration (Innovation and Entrepreneurship) from the Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas in 2015.

azindani@cooperlegalgroup.com