Heather’s practice centers on patent prosecution, counseling and other intellectual property work. She frequently analyzes patent portfolio lots, conducts early case assessment, writes cease-and-desist letters and drafts patents. Her work also includes assisting with litigation risk assessment and cybercrime issues.

Heather’s background in general engineering, which exposed her to a variety of technologies, helps her understand her clients’ intellectual property and assess their patents against competitor technologies. She is especially skilled in bioengineering technology; while earning her master’s degree and bachelor degree concurrently from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Heather researched the viability of utilizing single-stranded DNA as targeting molecules for reusable in-field diagnostic paper microfluidic testing assays.

During law school, Heather developed her knowledge and skills in patents by working with multiple IP teams, including an internship with the University of Washington’s patent portfolio management team and an externship with the in-house patent department of a large semiconductor electronic design automation company. In addition, Heather worked as a research assistant focusing on Food and Drug Administration regulation of biosimilars and direct-to-consumer tests as well as IP protection of genetic-information databases.


Data Scape Launces Patent Litigation Campaign in United States and Europe Against Leading Technology Companies on Cloud-Based Data Synchronization, Cloud IPQ: Enhancing Your Cloud IP IQ, February 28, 2019.

USAA Fighting to Protect Cloud-Based Check Depositing Assets Against Competitors, Cloud IPQ: Enhancing Your Cloud IP IQ, June 28, 2018.

Amazon Strikes Back Against PersonalWeb's Customer Lawsuits Targeting AWS and Open Source Ruby on Rails, Cloud IPQ: Enhancing Your Cloud IP IQ, February 28, 2018. 

Cloud Security Firm Zscaler Faces Patent Litigation, Cloud IPQ: Enhancing Your Cloud IP IQ, November 13, 2017. 

Rosebud Asserts Growing Patent Portfolio Against Salesforce's Quip, Cloud IPQ: Enhancing Your Cloud IP IQ, December 23, 2017.