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Fitch Even Elects New Partner and Equity Partners

February 11, 2020

Fitch Even is pleased to announce that Jennifer R. Andrew has been elected partner and Paul B. Henkelmann and Karen J. Wang have been made equity partners of the firm, effective January 1, 2020.

Jennifer R. Andrew leverages her unique background and skills in serving clients in patent prosecution and preparation, IP licensing, and IP portfolio management. Her additional experience extends from providing freedom-to-operate and invalidity opinions and patent evaluations to working closely with inventors to develop and protect early-stage technologies. Jennifer counsels clients within diverse industries including food sciences, medical devices, mechanical and electronic devices and processes and biotechnology. Prior to joining Fitch Even, Jennifer was a patent attorney at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Among other responsibilities there she managed outside counsel regarding IP matters, drafted and negotiated a variety of agreements, and managed a large IP portfolio of early-stage biomedical, chemical, and mechanical technologies. Before becoming a lawyer, Jennifer worked as a forensic DNA scientist with the Michigan State Police for nearly a decade. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law and holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State University.

Paul B. Henkelmann has substantial experience in patent post-issuance proceedings, IP litigation, U.S. and international patent prosecution, and IP portfolio management. Recognized for his active practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Paul has represented clients in dozens of inter partes review proceedings. He works with a wide range of technologies including medical devices, automotive systems, electronics, industrial machinery, and packaging. Paul earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating with honors, and holds a B.S. in General Engineering with a minor in German from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Karen J. Wang assists clients ranging from individual inventors to multinational corporations with patent prosecution, post-issuance proceedings, and patent portfolio development and management. She has notable experience collaborating with foreign counsel in prosecuting both foreign and domestic applications for global clients and has represented clients in inter partes review and oral arguments at the PTAB. With her strong electrical engineering background, Karen is particularly qualified to work with technologies and product applications including network and Internet of Things (IoT) systems, autonomous machines and vehicles, electronic entertainment systems, e-commerce and retail logistics, and computer software. Karen is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Congratulations to Jennifer, Paul, and Karen!


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