Team

Mary Fox | Attorney

Mary focuses her practice on the medical device industry, including patent prosecution, strategic portfolio development, investor-side and company-side patent due diligence, and freedom to operate analyses. She prides herself on a business-minded approach to protecting her clients’ intellectual property, specifically tailoring the patent strategy to the client’s competitive objectives. Mary has extensive experience working with emerging companies at all stages of growth.

Mary has particular expertise in neurovascular devices, interventional cardiovascular devices, transcatheter heart valve repair and replacement, drug delivery, neurostimulation, neuromodulation, orthodontics, spinal stimulation, microfluidics, wound care and monitoring, and orthopedics. She also has experience in a variety of other technologies, including audio devices, acoustic signal processing, semiconductor fabrication and design, genomics, stereo imaging, and consumer products.

Before co-founding Fortem IP, Mary worked as a patent attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle and Palo Alto. Prior to her legal career, Mary worked in the Bay Area at The Foundry, Ardian, and Miramar Labs. She was selected as a “Washington Rising Star” for 2018, 2019, and 2020 by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Education

  • BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MS Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • JD, Santa Clara University School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Washington
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Publications

  • Co-author, IP Strategies for Medical Device Technologies, American Bar Association 2018, Chapter 3 “Funding: Leveraging Your Patent Portfolio,” 115-132.
  • Co-author, Traversing Material Scales: Macroscale LBL-Assembled Nanocomposites with Microscale Inverted Colloidal Crystal Architecture, Chem. Mater. 2012, 24, 9-11.

Matt Lincicum | Attorney

Matt works with clients to identify, develop, and protect their key intellectual property assets consistent with their business goals. He has prepared patent applications across a range of technologies, including medical devices, consumer electronics, telecommunications, imaging, robotics, and software. Matt also has extensive experience in portfolio valuation and licensing, particularly in the tech industry. Before co-founding Fortem IP, Matt worked as a patent attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle and at Knobbe Martens in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Prior to law school, Matt conducted research in particle physics, nanofabrication, and computer-automated genomic analysis.

Education

  • BA Applied Physics, Whitworth University
  • MS Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • JD, Harvard Law School

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Washington
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Elizabeth Breakstone | Attorney

Elizabeth helps her clients on a variety of commercial and intellectual property matters. Elizabeth has been on the in-house legal teams of technology companies and practiced corporate and trademark law at Perkins Coie in Seattle.  She has drafted and negotiated a wide range of commercial agreements, and has prosecuted and enforced trademark rights for a variety of clients from startups to public companies. Elizabeth also has experience with corporate formations, regulatory analysis, mergers and acquisitions, advertising, and copyright issues.

Education

  • BA History & Anthropology, Oberlin College
  • MSI, University of Michigan
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Vijay Kumar | Attorney

Vijay works with emerging and international companies to protect their most valuable technology, focusing his practice on patent prosecution, strategic development of patent portfolios, freedom to operate analyses, and patent-related due diligence. Vijay has particular experience with technologies in the clean tech and energy sectors, especially for hydrogen production and storage, battery systems, mining, carbon capture, chemical processing, biomass conversion, solar power and other alternative energies. He also has experience in a variety of other technologies, including medical devices, semiconductor design and fabrication, consumer electronics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and software. Before joining Fortem IP, Vijay worked as a patent attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle. Prior to law school, Vijay worked in the energy sector at a global industrial gas company in various engineering roles within operations, design and commissioning. He was selected as a “Washington Rising Star” for 2020 by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Education

  • BS Chemical Engineering, Washington State University
  • MS Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
  • JD, University of Washington

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Katrina Henrikson | Technical Agent

Katrina leverages her experience as a scientific researcher and engineer to lend technical support and prepare and prosecute patent applications for clients. Katrina earned her Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, where she developed finite element analysis techniques to facilitate the design of medical technologies such as orthopedic implants. She has also conducted academic research in wearable sensors for digital health applications and microfluidic devices and completed internships at Medtronic Neurovascular, Medtronic Structural Heart, VICIS, and Teco Diagnostics. Katrina is an active member of the local biotechnology and medical device communities and has served as an instructor for the Engineering Innovation in Health program and as the president of the BioEngage program at the University of Washington. Katrina has experience with a variety of technologies including neurovascular devices, structural heart devices, interventional cardiology devices, orthopedic implants, prosthetics, orthotics, orthodontics, microfluidics, point-of-care diagnostics, medical ultrasound, gait analysis systems, wearable sensors, additive manufacturing, carbon fiber composites, and sports equipment.

Education

  • BS Biomedical Engineering, University of California Irvine
  • MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Publications

  • Co-author, An inductive sensing system to measure in-socket residual limb displacements for people using lower-limb prostheses, Sensors, 2018, 18(11), 3840.
  • Co-author, Development of a magnetic composite material for measurement of residual limb displacements in prosthetic sockets, RATE, 2018.
  • Co-author, A novel method for assessing prosthesis use and accommodation practices of people with transtibial amputation, J. Prosthet. Orthot. 2018, 30(4), 214-230.
  • Co-author, Microfluidic channel optimization to improve hydrodynamic dissociation of cell aggregates and tissue, Rep. 2018, 8, 2774.

Michael Navarro | Paralegal

Michael Navarro has over 20 years’ experience as a paralegal in the intellectual property field. During that time, Michael has gained particular expertise in U.S. and international patent and trademark application filings, managing disclosure of references, and docket management of large asset portfolios. Michael also has experience with due diligence, conducting patent searches and assessing chain of title for IP assets. Prior to joining Fortem IP, Michael worked as a senior paralegal at Perkins Coie in Seattle.

Education

  • BA History, Chapman University

Katie Thomas | Practice Manager

Before joining Fortem IP, Katie spent four years at Perkins Coie as a legal assistant in the patent prosecution group, and two years as a legal assistant at Lee Smart. She specializes in patent prosecution, billing, and day-to-day operations. As an English major, she also has background in writing, editing, and content management.

Education

  • BA English Literature, Seattle University