Julie believes that a strong, coherent patent portfolio, aligned with a company’s business strategy, provides a strategic advantage over competitors. Not one to shy from a fight, Julie also understands that a company can leverage its patent portfolio to obtain results—revenues, partnering opportunities, and larger market share. With more than 25 years of intellectual property experience, Julie brings a wealth of experience to her clients. Starting as a patent agent at Texas Instruments, Julie learned patent prosecution by working with attorneys at the leading edges of licensing and litigation, learning how to write effective patents for both. Leaving TI after becoming a patent attorney and spending several years protecting TI’s DLP® technology as the Intellectual Property Strategy Manager, she served as the first in-house patent counsel at Sharp Labs of America. Prior to joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Julie worked at Marger Johnson for over fifteen years and served two separate terms as President of the firm.
Julie’s practice areas include patent prosecution, strategic IP portfolio review, analysis, and planning, litigation support, licensing, and technology transfer. She works in many different technologies, including digital circuits, processor design, digital imaging, printing technologies and systems, optical systems, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, software, Internet of Things (IoT), materials, and chemistry. Whether she’s working with an established leader in development of new technologies or small to mid-sized companies in green technologies, Julie has participated in the growth of technologies from their formative stages to market acceptance. She helps develop strategic plans that tightly couple patent acquisition and licensing with business strategies.