Summary

Liz helps clients implement strategies to protect their intellectual property and grow their intellectual property portfolios. She has substantial experience in the preparation, filing and prosecution of provisional, utility, and design patents in the U.S. and abroad. She has also coordinated the filing and prosecution of PCT and national stage foreign patent applications.

Liz consults with clients to avoid patent infringement, freedom to operate searches and opinions, novelty searches and opinions, patent validity/invalidity searches and opinions, reverse engineering around patents, intellectual property due diligence investigations, nondisclosure agreements, licensing, and strategic counseling. She also has experience representing clients in post-grant proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), appeals to PTAB from adverse patent examination and patent infringement litigation in federal district court.

Liz’s clients include independent inventors and businesses of all sizes, including multi-national corporations. Her experience spans many technical disciplines, including medical device arts, mechanical, software, computer, automotive, and agriculture equipment. Example devices include medical devices, biosensors, orthopedic implants, drug delivery devices, bioabsorbable stents, catheters, inflatable catheters for drug delivery, catheter hubs, child safety seats, seat belt restraints, fasteners, fastening devices, towing equipment, gaskets, agricultural equipment, internal combustion engines, cosmetic applicators, cabinets, and food packaging.

Liz is a registered patent attorney with over 15 years of experience. She is a founding member of the Indianapolis Chiefs in Intellectual Property (ChIPs) chapter and serves on the group's Indianapolis Planning Committee and Committee for Social Justice. Liz is the former chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, co-founder of Indy Attorneys Network section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and served on the Innovation and Research Council of the Indianapolis Bar Association. She is recognized by Best Lawyers in America®.

Prior to her legal career, as a structural engineer, Liz designed concrete segmental bridges, cable-stayed bridges, and bascule movable bridges, both nationally and abroad. She designed over 40 bridges and erection girders. Liz became a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois in 1996.

Awards

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Trademark Law (2021, 2022)

  • Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation

  • President’s Award for Service Honoree, Indianapolis Bar Association (2012, 2017)

  • Participant, Indianapolis Bar Leader Series (Class X, 2012-2013)

  • Participant, Leadership Development Academy (Class IV, 2015)

All Service Areas

Education

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law (2003)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.S. with honors, Civil Engineering) (1994)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S. with honors, Civil Engineering) (1993)

Admissions

  • Federal - United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • State - Indiana
  • Federal - Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana

Speeches and Publications

  • Panelist, "Career Insights for Aspiring Female IP Attorneys," Indianapolis Bar Association, Sept. 30, 2021.
  • Moderator, "Do Something Hard 2021," ChIPs Network seminar, Feb. 24, 2021. 

Professional Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association

    Member, Executive Committee, Professionalism Committee (2018 - present)
    Member, Innovation and Research Council (2018 - present)
    Former Member, Executive Committee, Indy Attorneys Network Section (2014 - 2017)
    Former Co-Chair and Co-Founder, Indy Attorneys Network Section (2013)

  • Indiana State Bar Association

    Former Member, Mentor for Mentor Match (2016)
    Former Chair, Intellectual Property Section (2014)
    Past Presenter, CLE Presentation "Duty to Disclose & Inequitable Conduct" (2010)

  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

    Member, National and Indianapolis Chapter

  • ChIPs Network

    Member, Indiana ChIPs Planning Committee
    Member, Indiana ChIPs Committee for Social Justice