Meredith has over seven years of experience as a patent attorney. Prior to joining Bell & Manning, LLC, Meredith was an associate with Foley & Lardner, LLP. During law school, Meredith clerked for Judge Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2007 Magna Cum Laude Order of the Coif
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, 2001
Carleton College, B.A., Chemistry, 1996 Magna Cum Laude
Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office State Bar of Wisconsin
Meredith has written and prosecuted patent applications in a wide variety of chemical and materials science areas, spanning semiconductor materials and devices (e.g., solid state lasers and diodes), photovoltaic materials and devices, fuel cells, nanoscale materials, ferroelectric materials, coatings/films (inorganic and organic; polymeric), thin film electronics, radioisotopes and energetic particles/beams, detergents, organometallics and transition metal catalysts, insecticides, optics, radio-frequency plasmas, spectroscopy, infrared spectrometers, vapor phase deposition techniques, microscopy, nanolithography and chromatography.
In addition to preparing and prosecuting patent applications, Meredith has extensive experience in the following areas:
Counseling clients on legal and strategic issues relating to their intellectual property, including reviews of patent portfolios. Conducting patentability assessments, including prior art searches and invention disclosure consultations. Working with and supervising foreign patent counsel to assist clients in obtaining and protecting foreign patent rights. Preparing appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Conducting inventorship analyses and handling inventorship disputes. Conducting corporate and investor due diligence analyses of patent portfolios. Advising clients on freedom-to-operate matters. Preparing non-infringement and invalidity opinions.
Publications and Presentations as an Attorney
Protecting Your Patentable Inventions: Avoiding Harmful Public Disclosures and Creating Helpful Invention Disclosures, Presentation at PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI, December 2013.
Industry-University Collaborations, Presentation at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Verona, WI, September 2013.
Patenting Nanotechnology and U.S. Patent Reform, Technology Commercialization Office at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2011.
From 2002 to 2004, Meredith was a senior scientist with Pharmaceutical Analytical Development PPD, Inc., where she developed, validated, and transferred assay and impurity methods for drug substances and products.
From 2001 to 2002, Meredith was a postdoctoral research associate in biophysical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she developed a microscopy system to study the interactions of single proteins and DNA.
From 1996 to 2001, Meredith was a doctoral research associate in physical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying the reaction mechanisms of transition metals with hydrocarbons using experiment and theory.
Publications and Presentations as a Scientist
Single Biomolecules in Motion, Biopharmaceutical Research Talks, PPD, Inc., July 2002 (talk).
Kinetics and Mechanism of the Reactions of Ground-State Y (4d15s2, 2D) with Ethylene and Propylene: Experiment and Theory, Porembski, M.; Weisshaar, J.C., J. Phys. Chem. A. 105, 6655 (2001).
Singlet and Triplet Reaction Paths for Gas-Phase Zr + C2H4 by Density Functional Theory, Porembski, M.; Weisshaar, J.C., J. Phys. Chem. A. 105, 4851 (2001).
Kinetics and Mechanism of the Gas-Phase Reactions of Y and Zr with Alkenes: Experimental and Theoretical Studies, Slifkin Excellence Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments, May 2001 (talk).
Kinetics and Mechanism of the Gas-Phase Reactions of Y and Zr with Alkenes: Experimental and Theoretical Studies, Gordon Conference on Gaseous Ions: Structures, Energetics, and Reactions, February 2001 (poster).
Deuterium Isotope Effects on Reaction Rates of Ground State Zr with Ethylene and Propylene, Porembski, M.; Weisshaar, J.C., J. Phys. Chem. A. 104, 1524 (2000).
Gas-Phase Reaction Kinetics and Products of Neutral Transition Metal + Hydrocarbon via UV-Photoionization/TOF-MS, Gordon Conference on Gaseous Ions: Structures, Energetics, and Reactions, February 1999 (poster).
H2 Elimination Products from Neutral Zr + Alkene Reactions in the Gas Phase, Wen, Y.; Porembski, M.; Ferrett, T.A.; Weisshaar, J.C., J. Phys. Chem. A. 102, 8362 (1998).
Excited-State Kinetics of Neutral Transition Metal Atoms by Stimulated Emission Pumping: Reactions of V* and Mo* with Hydrocarbons, Conference on the Dynamics of Molecular Collisions, July 1997 (poster).
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