Team

Mary Fox | Attorney

Mary focuses her practice on the medical device industry, including patent prosecution, portfolio development and strategy, freedom to operate analyses, and financing due diligence. She has extensive experience working with emerging companies, especially in neurovascular devices, interventional cardiovascular devices, neurostimulation, neuromodulation, spinal devices, wound care and monitoring, drug delivery, and orthopedics. She also has experience in a variety of other technologies, including audio devices, acoustic signal processing, semiconductor fabrication and design, stereo imaging, robotics, and consumer products. Before co-founding Fortem IP, Mary worked as a patent attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle. Prior to her legal career, Mary worked at The Foundry, Ardian, and Miramar Labs. She was recently selected as a “Washington Rising Star” 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

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.

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

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