Susan Paik

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Ms. Paik is a registered patent attorney and senior associate at Tutunjian & Bitetto, P.C., where she brings over 15 years of experience in the field of Intellectual Property law. Ms. Paik's practice is concentrated in utility and design patent prosecution, as well as the preparation and prosecution of trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). With a specialty in comprehensive intellectual property prosecution, Ms. Paik handles all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution as well as disputes administered by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Ms. Paik also advises clients in patent, trademark and copyright infringement matters, including providing infringement analyses, written opinions, handling cease and desists, negotiating settlement agreements and representing clients in trademark Opposition and Cancellation Actions before the TTAB.

Additionally, Ms. Paik handles all aspects of international patent and trademark prosecution. This includes international patent prosecution through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and its two phases (the PCT international phase and the PCT national stage), as well as handling and coordinating trademark prosecution abroad with a network of foreign associates. Ms. Paik also works closely with foreign intellectual property law firms to file and prosecute their client's patent and trademark applications in the United States.

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Admissions:

Admitted to bar, New York, 1999

Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2000.

Admitted to U.S. District Court (Eastern District of New York and Southern District of New York), 2011.

Education:

J.D., 1998 - Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law

  • Dean's Honor List Spring 1997; Placed 5th out of 26 teams in 1996 ABA Negotiation Competition at Temple Law
  • Steering Committee Co-Founder/Coordinator/Performer for Temple Law Performing Arts Guild

B.A., 1995, Biological Sciences - Rutgers College, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick

  • Dean's List Fall 1991, Spring 1992; Awarded General Honors Scholarship 1991-1992
  • Completed Rutgers College Honors Seminar Curriculum: 3.83 GPA

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Prior to joining Tutunjian & Bitetto, P.C., Ms. Paik began her career as a patent prosecution attorney at an Intellectual property law firm in Nassau County. Her work in patent prosecution encompasses the technical fields of biomedical and surgical devices, bioengineering, chemical sciences, biotechnology, and mechanical devices and systems, as well as optics, textile engineering, e-commerce, computer software/hardware systems, mobile and digital communications, information technology, video processing, speech recognition/synthesis systems, network communications and digital media.

Publications:

  • "Patent Reform - Overview of the New Requirements for Post-Grant Review and Inter Partes Review" (The Nassau Lawyer, Focus Issue on Intellectual Property, January 2012)
    • Highlights the Patent Law Reform changes enacted in September 2011 on the procedures relating to the newly implemented Post-Grant Review and the revised Inter Partes proceedings.
  • "Green Technology Patents: Protecting Innovation" (The Nassau Lawyer, Focus Issue on Intellectual Property, November 2013)
    • In recognition of the importance of the development and implementation of green technologies in mitigating climate change, governments around the world have recently acknowledged the value of 'green patents' in furthering efficiency, climate protection, green businesses and competitiveness on a global scale.

Professional Affiliations:

  • New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Member
  • Board of Directors - Director/Officer November 2012 - December 2014: Accountant Attorney Networking Group, Inc. (AANG)

Edward P. Ryan

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Ed Ryan is a patent attorney with a background in Physics and has patent experience in a wide array of technological fields. Mr. Ryan performs patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, and litigation both at an administrative level and at the Federal level. Mr. Ryan has argued appeals before United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Appellate Division for the First Department of New York.

Mr. Ryan's degree in Physics makes him a jack of all trades, with experience in software, electronics, semiconductors, wireless technologies, and mechanical devices. Clients appreciate his ability to quickly understand their technologies at every level and to render them in clear language.

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Admissions:

Admitted to the New York State Bar, March 2009

Registered Patent Attorney with the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Education:

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2008

  • Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal; Associate Editor
  • Murray Award for Public Service, magna cum laude

B.S. Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005

  • Student Senate, Business Affairs Committee Chairman
  • Senior Leadership Award, 2005

Greg Melnick

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Mr. Melnick has over a decade of technical and management experience with both small and large scale information technology software and hardware companies. As a manager, Mr. Melnick gained experience in contract law, including negotiation skills and interpreting service level agreements. As a law clerk, he acquired litigation skills, including legal research and motion practice. Mr. Melnick has patent prosecution experience in a wide variety of fields, including electronics, computer systems, computing software, biotechnology, and mechanical systems. He has also worked to prevent consumer fraud while serving as an extern for the New York State Office of the Attorney General.

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Admissions:

Admitted to New York Bar, September 2013

Registered to Practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education:

J.D. St. John's University School of Law, 2012

  • Articles and Notes Editor - American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review

B.S., Computer Science, St. John's University, 2001


Legal Experience:

New York State Office of the Attorney General, Brooklyn, NY

Legal Extern. Assisted the Attorney General and staff in all matters including legal researching, drafting memoranda, preparing motions, and prosecution of consumer fraud cases.

Technical Experience:

Network Administrator, Database Manager, and Service Delivery Manager for various companies, including Hewlett Packard Co. Tasks included negotiating adjustments to service level agreements, managing customer agreements, monitoring contract metrics, database management, and computer hardware, software, and network maintenance.

Cabling Technician. Tasks included installing and maintaining audio, video, and fiber optic based broadcast systems for NBC/Universal.

Harry A. Hild

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Harry Hild is an intellectual property attorney having greater than 10 years of experience counseling clients in the development of intellectual property for companies ranging from innovative startups to companies listed on the Fortune 100. Mr. Hild's experience includes intellectual property portfolio planning and management; patent application drafting and prosecution; freedom to operate, patentability, and infringement opinion rendering; and preparing intellectual property agreements, such as patent and technology licensing, joint development agreements, and confidentiality agreements. Mr. Hild has also managed the foreign patent portfolio of US corporations, and has participated in European patent oppositions. He is also experienced in patent and trademark litigation.

Mr. Hild has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a wide variety of chemical, electrical, and mechanical arts, as well as software applications, with a specialty in materials science, nanotechnology, energy, medical devices and microelectronics. Prior to joining Tutunjian and Bitetto P.C., Mr. Hild managed all aspects of the intellectual property portfolio of the automotive divisions of one of the world's largest aluminum companies.

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Representative Technologies:

Mr. Hild is skilled in a broad field of technologies including materials science, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, computers, networking, communications, software, internet technology and electronic commerce. Representative microelectronic disciplines include semiconductors, memory devices, capacitors, plasma/LCD/LED displays and solar cells. Examples of representative materials science disciplines include metallurgy, such as aluminum and steel alloys; lubricants, such as water and oil based automotive lubricants, metal working fluids and oil well drilling mud compositions; ceramic and glass compositions; carbon fiber synthesis and carbon fiber composites; nanotechnology including carbon nanotube synthesis, and applications to optical, mechanical and pressure sensors/devices; as well as polymer compositions and synthesis. Further interests in mechanical/automotive arts including hybrid and electric vehicles, lithium ion battery compositions, as well as powerplant, suspension and brake components for automotive applications.

Admissions:

New York 2003

Pennsylvania 2005

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education:

University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)

  • Juris Doctor, 2002

University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)

  • Master of Intellectual Property, 2002

Alfred University: New York State College of Ceramic Engineering

  • B.S., Materials Science with a concentration in Ceramic Engineering, 1998

Elliot W. Lipins

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Mr. Lipins is an Intellectual Property attorney having practiced in all areas of Intellectual Property law since 2000. Mr. Lipins has extensive experience in patent drafting and prosecution in a wide variety of technical arts, as well as prosecution, clearance and enforcement of client's Trademark rights. Mr. Lipins has litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels before courts and administrative tribunals. Mr. Lipins is also experienced in preparing comprehensive opinions on patent infringement, patent validity, freedom to operate and enforceability.

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Admissions:

Admitted to the New York State Bar, November 2000

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education:

Fordham Law School

  • Juris Doctor, 2000

State University of New York at Albany

  • B.S. Biology, 1995

Publications:

  • Intellectual Property Operations and Implementation in the 21st Century Corporation, Wiley & Sons, Author of chapter on domain names

Allison Thorpe

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Ms. Allison Thorpe has a background in Engineering Physics and has been employed at Tutunjian & Bitetto, P.C. since 2007. Prior to earning her Juris Doctor, Ms. Thorpe served as the Senior Executive Administrator at the firm. Ms. Thorpe joined the firm in a legal capacity upon graduating from Touro Law School in May of 2014 and concentrates her practice in intellectual property law, with a focus on patent prosecution.

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Admissions:

Admitted to the New York State Bar, June 2015

Pending admittance to United States Patent Bar

Education:

J.D., Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Huntington, NY, 2014

  • Honors Program Inductee
  • Touro Law Review Member:
    • Senior Staff, 2013-2014
    • Junior Staff, 2012-2013
  • Dean's List: Fall 2010, Fall/Spring 2011, Spring 2014
  • Awards:
    • Recipient of the CALI Award in Legal Process II: Appellate Brief on the topic of copyright law, 2011
    • Recipient of the CALI Award in Intellectual Property, 2011
    • Recipient of the Touro Law Pro Bono Service Award

B.S. Engineering Physics, Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 2006


Work Experience:

During law school, Ms. Thorpe served as the Senior Executive Administrator for Tutunjian & Bitetto, P.C. Ms. Thorpe has extensive experience in filing patent, trademark, and copyright application papers with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in all areas of practice. In addition, her experience includes filing applications with the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and at the PCT national stage level, as well as extensive knowledge of corresponding U.S. and foreign annuity schedules.

Ms. Thorpe has experience with preparing new patent, trademark, and copyright applications as well as conducting copyright searches. In addition, Ms. Thorpe has experience preparing various patent prosecution documents.

Technology/Practice Areas:

Ms. Thorpe has patent prosecution experience in an array of technological fields, including electronics, semiconductor devices, solar cells, computer systems, and mechanical systems.

Anthony Noonan

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Mr. Noonan has a background in Physics and has been employed at Tutunjian & Bitetto, P.C., since 2014. While attending law school, Mr. Noonan worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an extern during the summer of 2013 where he, in addition to his other responsibilities, participated in a two-week abridged basic training program for patent examiners. The following summer, Mr. Noonan joined Tutunjian & Bitetto, PC, as a summer associate and stayed with the firm during his final year of law school. Mr. Noonan joined the firm in a legal capacity upon his graduation from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law in May 2015.

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Admissions:

Admitted to the New Jersey Bar, December 2015

Admitted to The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, December 2015

Admitted to the New York Bar, January 2016

Pending admittance to United States Patent Bar

Education:

J.D., Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 2015

  • Hofstra Journal of International Business and Law, Business and Web Development Editor
  • Hofstra Intellectual Property Law Association, President
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Clerk (2013-2014) and Justice (2014-2015)
  • Completed the Maurice A. Deane School of Law Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration
  • Awards:
    • Recipient of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law Citation of Excellence in Intellectual Property Law, 2015

B.S. Physics, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, 2012

  • TCNJ Physics Club

Publications:

"Blue Hill Observatory Sunshine: Assessment of Climate Signals in the Longest Continuous Meteorological Record in North America," BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, Nov. 2014. (Contributing Author).

Robert Kroczynski

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Mr. Kroczynski is a registered patent attorney who has over 7 years of experience in the field of Intellectual Property law with a strong background in chemistry, physics, and engineering, as well as computers, communications, and business practices. Mr. Kroczynski's experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a broad range of technologies, including thin film depositions, semiconductor processing, polymers, surfactant systems, glass compositions and processing, catalytic materials, pollution abatement technologies, manufacturing equipment, home products, medical devices, and business practices. Mr. Kroczynski has also prepared appeal briefs, reply briefs, and pre-appeal briefs. He has also provided written opinions on invalidity, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate, and litigation support for a dozen patent litigations involving telecommunications and computer hardware for fortune 100 companies.

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Admissions:

New York, 2009

New Jersey, 2008

District of New Jersey 2008

United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2003

Education:

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY, 2008


M.Eng., Chemical/Polymer Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, 2003


M.S., Chemistry, University of Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, 1994


B.S., Physics and Chemistry, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ, 1991


Work & Research Experience:

Mr. Kroczynski also has twelve years of industrial experience prior to becoming a patent attorney, including mechanical design and managing a metalworking facility, metal stamping, and pharmaceutical packaging. Mr. Kroczynski conducted his graduate research at Brookhaven National Laboratory physics and material science departments, where he focused on photon and ion induced thin ceramic film depositions.

Richard J. Danyko

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Mr. Danyko has extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. and interntional patent law, including patent prosecution, litigation, and post-grant proceedings in the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions. Mr. Danyko has provided written opinions for clients on topics such as infringement, validity and patentability. Mr. Danykoís technical expertise includes semiconductors, software, polymers, organic chemistry, metallurgy, and medical devices. Recently, Richard lectured at AIPPI Japan on the Doctrine of Equivalents in the U.S.

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Admissions:

Admitted to N.Y. State Bar. February 1989
S.D.N.Y - 1989
E.D.N.Y - 1989
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - 1989

Education:

J.D. Fordham University School of Law, 1988
B.E., Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College, 1984


Robert Drolet

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Robert Drolet is a registered patent attorney. Robert Drolet is a retired U.S. Naval Officer and a registered professional engineer. Mr. Drolet was a U.S. Navy enlisted nuclear chemistry instructor; he went on and earned a commission as a U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Engineering Surface Warfare Officer. He later was selected as a U.S. Naval Foreign Liaison Officer to South America. Mr. Drolet has extensive private sector experience in engineering management focused on engineering maintenance oversight in production facilities and as director of engineering departments for large hospital operations. Robert has direct engineering experience in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, controls platforms, and integrated plant operations. Mr. Droletís pro bono contributions include assistance of immigrant youth in immigration court and Asylum Office proceedings associated with the Safe Passage Project.

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Engineering Background:

Nuclear fission reactors, nuclear Chemistry control of high pressure water nuclear fission reactors, Radiological Controls of reactors and monitoring equipment, radiography, steam turbines, A/C and D/C power generating and distribution systems, Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid flow systems, pumping systems, Controls, Fossil fuel high and low pressure steam boilers, hydraulic systems, radar, sonar, military weapons systems, Diesel fuel systems, naval architecture, and cellulose fiber conversion technologies.

Admissions:

Admitted to New York Bar June 2016; Registered to Practice with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, April 2015.

Education:

J.D., New York Law School, magna cum laude, May 2016
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, June 1990
B.S. Human Resources Management, New School for Social Research, September 1988


Theo Kountotsis

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Theodosios (Theo) Kountotsis is a patent attorney with a background in Electrical Engineering and has patent experience in a wide array of technological fields. Mr. Kountotsis is experienced in all phases of patent prosecution, including intellectual property portfolio planning and management; patent application drafting and prosecution; state-of-the-art investigations; freedom to operate/right-to-use studies; patentability and infringement opinion rendering. Before joining the legal profession, Mr. Kountotsis was an electrical engineer for General Dynamics in Pittsfield, MA working on Trident submarine technology (1999-2002).

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Representative Technologies:

Mr. Kountotsis is skilled in a broad field of technologies including telecommunications, networking, control systems, circuits, optics, robotics, nanotechnology, electrical arts, mechanical arts, electromechanical arts, medical devices, computer software, electronic commerce, business methods, cloud computing architectures, semiconductors, memory devices, solar cells, video processing, speech and pattern recognition, and digital media.

Admissions:

Admitted to the Connecticut State Bar, 2008
Admitted to the New York State Bar, 2009
Registered Patent Attorney with the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office, 2003

Education:

J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2008
M.S., Electrical Engineering, cum laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2002
B.S., Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, Western New England University, 1999


Geoff Wellman

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Mr. Wellman has fourteen years of automotive industry experience. As a Senior Software Engineer and Technical Lead for several suppliers, Mr. Wellman wrote diagnostic software for both Ford and Mazda global vehicle line-ups. He enforced coding practices and interfaced with local and global customer engineers in support of design, development, and testing of vehicle diagnostic software. Mr. Wellman worked as a Patent Examiner at the United State Patent and Trademark Office after law school before joining Tutunjian & Bitetto, P.C. As an Examiner, Mr. Wellman had extensive training on Patent Law and the procedures followed at the USPTO. He worked in the generic computer control systems group, examining applications related to hardware, software, and methods for controlling a wide range of hardware, including thermostats and utility power systems.

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Admissions:

Admitted to Michigan Bar, November 2013
Registered to Practice with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office

Education:

J.D. – THOMAS M COOLEY LAW SCHOOL, CUM LAUDE, 2013
M.S. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING – UNIVERSITY OF MICHGAN - DEARBORN, 2007
B.S. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING – WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, 1999


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