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Former Michelman & Robinson Attorney Appointed To USPTO As Administrative Law Judge

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April 18, 2012

Michelman & Robinson, LLP ("M&R") is pleased to congratulate former M&R attorney, Donna Praiss, who was recently appointed to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as an Administrative Law Judge. Donna was one of nine new Administrative Patent Judges who were sworn in last month as part of the USPTO’s effort to double their number of Administrative Jurists.

Through this appointment, she will serve on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which is responsible for the post-grant review created by the America Invents Act, inter partes review, transitional business method challenges and derivation proceedings.

Ms. Praiss was formerly of counsel in the Intellectual Property Department of M&R’s New York office, leaving the Firm in February of this year to join this select group with the USPTO.  She is an accomplished patent attorney with over two decades of experience in patent prosecution and strategy, trademark applications, as well as copyright registrations, licensing and settlements.

Sanford Michelman, founding partner with Michelman & Robinson, says, “Everyone at the Firm sends their congratulations to Donna for this incredible achievement. She contributed a great deal to our Intellectual Property Department during her time with the Firm, and we know that the USPTO has gained a talented legal mind.”

Ms. Praiss commented, “I am so grateful to everyone at Michelman & Robinson for their support as I take on this exciting opportunity.  The critical experience I gained while with the Firm has more than prepared me to meet this challenge.”