SDIPLA Officers

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Meet Our Current Officers


PRESIDENT

Rose Thiessen, Ph. D. | 858.707.4213 |  Rose.Thiessen@knobbe.com
Partner, Knobbe Martens

Rose M. Thiessen is a partner in the San Diego and Silicon Valley offices of Knobbe Martens LLP. She specializes in patent prosecution and licensing for chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device technologies.  Dr. Thiessen’s practice includes patent portfolio management and filing strategies in the U.S. and internationally, client counseling on issues relating to licensing, infringement, and trade secrets, and intellectual property due diligence studies relating to acquisition of patents and other intellectual property. Dr. Thiessen currently represents clients in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmetics industries as well as the medical device field, with an emphasis on bothin vivo glucose monitoring technologies. She also represents clients in a wide range of technologies including desalination, petroleum refining and petrochemical processing, nanoparticle fabrication, semipermeable membrane technology, semiconductor manufacturing and biofuels. Prior to joining Knobbe Martens LLP, Dr. Thiessen worked as a chemist at Exxon Research and Engineering Company in New Jersey, where she held positions as a chemist in fuels technology and as an information scientist specializing in chemical patent information.


VICE PRESIDENT

Bernard J. Greenspan, Ph. D. | 858.442.8152 | bernie@GreenspanIP.com
Principal at Greenspan IP Management.

Dr. Greenspan provides consultation on IP strategy to life science, biotech, and medical device companies. He has over 17 years of experience in developing strategies, managing IP portfolios, due diligence, and establishing in-house IP training programs. He received his BA in physics from Clark University and his MS and Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is registered to practice at the USPTO as a patent agent, and is an instructor in the IP Certificate program at UCSD Extension.

Bernie held positions as Senior Director of IP at Prometheus Laboratories, Director of IP Strategy Management for Pfizer La Jolla Laboratories, Senior Director of Intellectual Property at Verus Pharmaceuticals, and as an independent consultant to life science and medical device companies. Before moving into IP, he was actively engaged for 20 years in aerosol science and respiratory drug delivery research. His research positions have included Director of Aerosol Research at Dura Pharmaceuticals and Elan Pharmaceuticals, and Staff Scientist at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


SECRETARY

desond-osullivan

Desmond O’Sullivan | 858.314.7794 | dosullivan@mofo.com
Associate, Morrison & Foerester, LLP

Desmond O’Sullivan is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Diego office. Mr. O’Sullivan assists clients in procuring patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), litigating patents before U.S. district courts, defending and attacking patents before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, and evaluating patents and other intellectual property in corporate transactions. Mr. O’Sullivan’s clients include multinational, domestic, and startup companies providing solutions in telecommunications, alternative energy, aviation, engines, consumer electronics, laser systems, semiconductors, codecs, and medical devices.

Mr. O’Sullivan received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, where he was an articles editor for the Hastings Law Journal and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker of the Northern District of California. Mr. O’Sullivan received his B.Sc. in mathematics and applied mathematics from University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. He received his M.S.E. in engineering sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he focused on aerospace and mechanical engineering.


TREASURER

Justin Gray | 858.847.6700 | jegray@foley.com
Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP

Justin E. Gray is Senior Counsel in the IP Litigation Practice of Foley & Lardner’s San Diego office. Mr. Gray’s practice focuses on patent litigation matters for technology companies on cases involving smartphones, software, and medical devices. Mr. Gray graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006), where he was a staff member and symposium editor for the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. Prior to that, Mr. Gray obtained a degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.S., with distinction, 2003).

Mr. Gray also is a charter member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he taught patent law. In 2011, he received the firm’s IP Founders award, recognizing his service to his clients, his colleagues, and the firm. Mr. Gray is also the creator and sole author of Gray of Claims, a blog devoted to exploring patent claim construction and related issues.


IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

shawn-mcdonald

Shawn McDonald | 858.205.7838 |  shawn@semcdonald.com

Shawn McDonald is a registered patent attorney, and the focus of his practice is patent litigation and strategic patent counseling, primarily in the telecommunications and medical device industries. Shawn has extensive experience in all aspects of patent litigation and trial, including direct and cross examinations of numerous expert and fact witnesses, including named inventors, during patent trials in district courts and the ITC. He also has briefed and argued several Markman hearings, and numerous case dispositive motions in patent cases. Shawn also counsels clients on the strategic development and monetization of their patent portfolios. Shawn clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Paul R. Michel (Ret.) on the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2000-01). He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia, an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University. Before attending law school, Shawn worked for three years as an automotive fuel systems design engineer with Siemens Automotive.


The SDIPLA Past Presidents

Everett N. Curtis (1956-57)
Walter J. Jason (1957-58)
Egon W. Mueller (1958-59)
Warren H.F. Schmieding (1959-60)
George E Pearson (1960-61)
Roy L. Knox (1961-62)
Carl R. Brown (1962-63)
Earl F. Karts (1963-64)
Vincent E. Sullivan (1964-65)
George E. Pearson (1965-66)
Carl R. Brown (1966-67)
J. Peter Mohn (1967-68)
Nell F. Martin (1968-69)
Thomas G. Keough (1969-70)
Thomas D. Lane (1970-71)
John R. Duncan (1971-72)
George J. Rubens (1972-73)
Frank D. Gilliam (1973-74)
Patrick J. Schlesinger (1974-75)
Ralph S. Branscomb(1975-76)
Charles C. Logan (1976-77)
Nell F. Martin (1977-78)
Henri J.A Charmasson (1978-79)
John L. Haller (1979-80)
Edward W. Callan (1980-81)
Mervyn L. Young (1981)
Freling E. Baker (1981-82)
Charles Fassbender (1983-84)
Michael H. Jester (1984-85)
Natalie Jensen (1985-86)
Lawrence A. Maxham (1986-87)
John R. Lindsay (1987-88)

R. Ben Miller (1988-89)
J.F. McLellan (1989-90)
John R. Ross. Jr. (1990-91)
Jim McClain (1991-92)
April Logan (1992-93)
Nancy Dahl (1993-94)
Anita M. Kirkpatrick (1994-95)
Kathleen A. Pasulka (1995-96)
Laurie A. Axford (1996-97)
Lisa Haile (1997-98)
Susan Perkins (1998)
Lisa Haile (1999)
Bruce Greenhaus (1999-2000)
Stephen Korniczky (2000-01)
Sam Talpalatsky (2001-02)
Richard Kim (2002-03)
Mark D. Wieczorek (2003-04)
Vicki G. Norton (2004-05)
Kent M. Walker (2005-06)
Robert Prince (2006-07)
Tom Coverstone (2007-08)
Boris Zelkind (2008-09)
Jessica S. Mitchell (2009-10)
John E. Peterson, PhD (2010-11)
Kenneth Jenkins, Ph.D. (2011-2012)
Kurt Kjelland (2012-2103)
Marc Morley (2013-2014)
JoDale Carothers (2014-2015)
Les Overman (2015-2016)
Shawn McDonald (2016-2017)