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As a boutique IP firm, we combine our legal and professional experience with the latest data about USPTO Examiners to strategically plan each step during patent prosecution. As professionals with technical backgrounds across the technical spectrum, we draft patents on just about every type of innovation under the sun. Our experienced trademark professionals handle everything from new trademark filings to litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and appeals to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Dianne Amberson, Paralegal
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About Dianne Amberson

Dianne was born and raised in Bournemouth, England and spent three years living in Ludwigsburg, Germany. After moving permanently to the United States, Dianne began her career in intellectual property (IP) working in a boutique IP law firm in the Phoenix area. Over the next 21 years, Dianne expanded her knowledge and expertise in the intellectual property arena working with numerous domestic and foreign clients in many countries of the world including China. Dianne is skilled in trademark prosecution, trademark infringement, patent prosecution, patent litigation, and foreign patent and trademark prosecution. Her passion and expertise lie with assisting clients from around the world with their global IP needs. When not at work, Dianne enjoys travel, martial arts, writing, and volunteering in the community, but her favorite activity is spending time with her family.

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Leia Dingott, Patent Attorney
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About Leia Dingott

Leia is an Arizona native who grew up in North Phoenix. Pursuing her passion for science, she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry from the University of San Diego. After completing her undergraduate degree, Leia performed research for two independent scientists in the La Jolla area. In one lab, she worked on an antibacterial bandage system under a U.S. military grant. In the other lab, she worked on developing assays that could be used out in the field when encountering unknown substances in new environments.  

Leia returned to Arizona to work in a donor-testing laboratory for Creative Testing Solutions, the largest blood banking company in the American Association of Blood Banking (AABB). There she performed high complexity testing for blood borne pathogens including HIV, Hepatitis B and C, HTLV, and T. Cruzi (Chagas) on samples from all over the world. Within her first year in this career, Leia volunteered to be on a team that would perform clinical trials on new equipment for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD). This experience piqued her interest in the development of new technologies and protection of those technologies through patents.  

Leia entered law school in the summer of 2012 while continuing to work full time on weekends during her first year. During law school, Leia was president of the Intellectual Property Student Association and earned four CALI awards, including one in legal research and writing and one in patent law and drafting. Leia also worked on and had a law journal published using evidence based data to argue that state bans on midwifery care should be lifted to give women a greater choice in where and how they give birth. The article, "Pushing for Change: The State of Arizona Should Allow Women Greater Access to Midwifery Care," was published in the summer 2017 issue of the Arizona State Law Journal

During law school, Leia clerked for an Arizona boutique intellectual property firm during her second year, became a patent agent during her third year, and continued working as an agent until getting her license to practice law. As an attorney, Leia is passionate in helping clients protect their ideas, creative expressions, unique trademarks, and other intellectual property through copyright and trademark registrations and patent applications. 

Leia has been involved in the preparation and prosecution of hundreds of patent applications ranging from mechanical devices, kitchen tools, construction equipment, cleaning devices, and formulations to chemical formulations, cosmetics, medical devices, surgical devices, semiconductors, electronics, and circuits.

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Kevin Hawkes, Patent Attorney
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About Kevin Hawkes

As a registered patent attorney, Kevin’s innate ability to understand how things work and to understand how to solve problems has proven critical in securing valuable intellectual property rights before the USPTO. Kevin has been involved in the successful prosecution of hundreds of patent applications across a wide range of technologies. A chemist prior to becoming a patent attorney, he has extensive experience working with anything from simple mechanical devices to complex computer-network systems.

Kevin has had the unique opportunity to study and review thousands of decisions issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). This has provided Kevin with unique insight into examiner behavior and which arguments and strategies succeed in obtaining a patent, allowing him to make better decisions when prosecuting patent applications, translating into cost savings and better patents for his clients.  

In addition to patents, Kevin works extensively in trademark prosecution and enforcement related matters. Kevin has been involved in the successful cancellation of trademark registration as well as the defense of trademarks involved in cancellation proceedings before the TTAB.

Prior to joining the firm, Kevin worked in-house with the intellectual property legal department of major semiconductor manufacturer, ON Semiconductor. Here he experienced first-hand how to strategically protect a company’s intellectual property on a national and international scale leveraging the intellectual property for success. Kevin uses this experience on a daily basis in helping other companies, whether publicly traded companies or start-ups, meet their goals and aspirations.  

Kevin obtained his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. During law school, he was an editor for Jurimetrics, the journal of the American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law. He was a Center Scholar for the school’s Center for Law, Science, and Innovation, president of the Intellectual Property Student’s Association, and member of the Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic, which provided hands-on experience in prosecuting patent and trademark applications while obtaining his law degree.  

When not working, Kevin can usually be found chasing any one of his three children or lost in the desert on his mountain bike.  

Kevin is licensed as an attorney in Arizona and is admitted to practice before the USPTO, in federal court in the District of Arizona, and at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

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William F. (Bill) Smith, Patent Attorney
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About William Smith

Bill’s first career included serving over thirty years at the USPTO, the last nineteen of which were as an administrative patent judge at the now Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). While serving as an administrative patent judge, Bill was responsible for reaching final agency decisions in interferences and on ex parte appeals involving original and reissue applications and reexamination proceedings. The cases assigned to Bill involved diverse technologies including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices. While at the USPTO, Bill taught at the Patent Academy, developed and presented seminars on appeal practice, appeal conferences, and claim construction to patent managers and examiners.

In his practice, Bill assists clients with complex prosecution matters and consults in patent litigations on patentability, PTO practice and procedure, claim construction, and inequitable conduct issues as well as in AIA post-grant trials. Bill has also served as a special master for a district court for claim construction purposes and as a third party neutral in an interference proceeding. Bill is also experienced in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Bill draws on his extensive knowledge of patent prosecution law, practice, and procedure to develop innovative plans for moving patent applications that are “stuck” in the USPTO forward in a positive direction. Bill makes appropriate use of examiner interviews, petitions, and appeals, as well as modern patent prosecution data analytics profiling the patent examiner and art unit in these efforts to provide cost-effective counseling.  

Bill frequently addresses bar and professional associations on appeals before the PTAB and other topics. Bill received a BChE degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a J.D from the University of Baltimore and is admitted to practice in Virginia and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Adam Stephenson, Patent Attorney
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About Adam Stephenson

Super LawyersAs president and founder of the firm and COO of Anticipat, a patent data company, Adam is no stranger to the challenges of starting new and innovative businesses—and the benefits of constantly innovating. An Arizona Super Lawyers’ Rising Star (Thomson Reuters 2017–2019), Adam’s journey from starting the firm in half of his son’s bedroom to representing Fortune 500 and other publicly traded companies has been a blessed one. Along the way, his experiences have ranged from successfully issuing a software patent in 11 months using Track 1 examination to obtaining final rejection of a publicly traded conductive energy weapon company’s patent via ex parte reexamination. Adam has written and been involved in the prosecution of hundreds of patents across the entire spectrum of technology.

Adam has the experience and intellect to practice in the wide variety of technical areas his practice has taken him. At 19, he received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University. Joining Intel in 2000, Adam spent six years in various semiconductor fabrication, package assembly, programming, and path-finding engineering roles. After receiving his master of science in engineering degree (ChE) from Arizona State University, he began work on his law degree at Phoenix School of Law (Arizona Summit School of Law). Just prior to law school, Adam became a registered professional engineer with proficiency in chemical engineering with the state of Arizona. Adam began his IP career as a registered patent agent and law clerk with Booth Udall, PLC (now Booth Udall Fuller PLLC) before starting Adam R. Stephenson, LTD. in 2010.

Adam’s passion with patent data and analysis began well over a decade years ago in law school where he authored a law review article that collected and used patent prosecution data to predict the effects of proposed USPTO rules on patent prosecution in Semiconductor Class 438. As chief operating officer and co-founder of Anticipat, Inc., Adam works to develop analysis tools for his own and other patent practitioner’s practices that permit decisions on patent applications to be data-informed rather than just coming “from the gut.”  

Adam was a panel speaker on obviousness at the 2018 AIPLA Annual Meeting and co-presented on ex parte appeals at the 56th Annual Conference on IP Law sponsored by the Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas. In March 2019, he co-presented on IP legal ethics at the Arizona Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Section annual CLE in the Garden meeting in Phoenix. He has also taught patent law and drafting as an adjunct professor at Arizona Summit School of Law in 2011 and 2014.

Adam’s personal interests are as varied as his professional experience. Co-inventor of U.S. Patent No. 7,312,152, “Lactate-containing corrosion inhibitor” for work done at Intel, Adam is also co-inventor on a number of related patents in various foreign countries, including Germany, Great Britain, Taiwan, the People's Republic of China, and South Korea. Adam is a co-inventor on a pending US patent on a device for reuse of HVAC system water condensate for plants. An Amateur Extra licensed Ham radio operator (call sign AG7UH), Adam enjoys 3D printing, building his own computers, genealogical research, and designing and building electronic devices from wirelessly powered lamps to Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open Source Mars Rover with his children. If he went back to school, Adam would get his PhD in statistics, become a statistician, and work to use statistics to help solve problems in every area of technology. 

Adam is licensed as an attorney in Arizona and Texas and is admitted to practice before the USPTO, in federal court in the District of Arizona, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Adam was born in Pennsylvania and lived in Bay City, Texas (along with California, Oklahoma, Washington, New Jersey, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, Utah, Kansas, and Missouri). While Adam has adopted Arizona as his home state and has lived in Sedona, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, his family hails from the Kemp, Kaufman County area southeast of Dallas, Texas.

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Dee Wilson, Senior Paralegal
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About Dee Wilson

Dee‘s IP career spans over 30 years in the corporate arena. Starting her career as a legal assistant at Baxter Healthcare Corporation in Deerfield, Illinois, Dee expanded her knowledge in the IP world for the next 21 years doing legal research, claim charting, competitor analysis, generic drug research, and assisting with domestic and international patent litigation. Along the way, she went back to school attending Roosevelt University to obtain her paralegal certificate with honors. After retiring from Baxter and moving to Atlanta, GA, Dee joined Panasonic Corporation’s Automotive Division handling all the patent prosecution for the division for several years. After moving from Atlanta to the northern Virginia-D.C. area, she joined Hewlett-Packard Company (later Hewlett-Packard Enterprise following the company’s split) managing a variety of domestic and international patent prosecution activity for several years. Tired of the cold, Dee moved to Arizona looking for warmth and a change in her career, joining the firm to expand her expertise into trademark prosecution in the private firm setting for the first time. Dee brings her years of corporate and IP experience to the firm, helping the attorneys know what issues matter most to corporate legal departments and has been instrumental in establishing the firm’s rigorous docketing processes and procedures.

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