Cantor Colburn Announces Promotions for 2020

January 1, 2020Cantor Colburn LLP, the #3 patent law firm in the country, welcomes the new year with the promotion of attorneys Tanmay Dharmadhikari, Usha Parker, and Ian M. Wasser, Ph.D. to Counsel and patent agent Dennis Jakiela, Ph.D. to Senior Patent Agent. These promotions span four offices: Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Houston and Hartford.

“These professionals provide outstanding counsel and service to their clients,” said Philmore H. Colburn II, Co-Managing Partner of Cantor Colburn. “The partnership is confident that they will make even greater contributions to the firm’s success and steady, profitable growth in their new roles.”

“We place great value on attracting and retaining top talent to serve our clients,” said Michael A. Cantor, Co-Managing Partner. “We’re proud that Tanmay, Usha, Ian and Dennis are on our team.”

Tanmay Dharmadhikari works closely with clients to strategize protecting and monetizing their creative endeavors in consideration of the clients’ vision and business model. He helps clients understand, acquire and utilize intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets surrounding the creative endeavors. He is actively involved in prosecution and litigation of patents with primary focus on software and electrical hardware. He has advised clients in the business of mobile devices, network devices, data storage devices, navigation devices, display devices, vehicle infotainment, spanning the fields of telecommunications, Voice-over-IP, lighting control systems, Internet-based solutions, manufacture of devices, television broadcast to name a few. Before he began his legal career, he was a software developer and programmer with hands-on experience with algorithm development, parallel programming, GPUs, and testing. He actively programmed using high-level and low-level languages such as C/C++, C#, x86 and x64 assembly programming. He has a BE in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune, an MS in Computer Science from Purdue University, and an MBA and a J.D. from Indiana University.

Usha Parker’s practice includes all aspects of patent prosecution of electrical and some mechanical technologies. Her experience includes prosecution of communication systems and infrastructure, drilling technologies, power generation systems, semiconductor devices and processing systems, refrigerant recovery systems, vehicle diagnostic tools, medical (scanning) devices, workflow, CAD, software, recording media, elevator control systems, metering systems, and business methods. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an electrical engineer for 14 years at Motorola and at a Navy lab in areas including satellite and cellular telephony, radar systems, and missile fuses. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a J.D. from the Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law.

Ian M. Wasser, Ph.D., is a registered patent attorney focused on preparing patent applications and managing their domestic and international prosecution. Ian’s patent practice is in the chemical arts with a focus on polymers, materials science, and nanotechnologies. He primarily serves clients who are developing thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, high performance specialty chemicals, electronic materials including LED and semiconductor materials, automotive technologies, medical devices, and rechargeable batteries. In addition, he has experience evaluating and designing around existing products and patents, and has counseled clients on matters of infringement, patentability, validity, and strategic patent portfolio management. Ian has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

Dennis Jakiela, Ph.D. is a patent agent with a degree in synthetic organic chemistry. He concentrates his practice on engineering thermoplastics, thermosets, coatings, and green manufacturing processes for global chemical companies. He writes and prosecutes U.S. and PCT applications and is a lead advisor to foreign associates. Prior to joining Cantor Colburn, he rose to Principal Research Scientist at Cytec Industries and gained experience in all aspects of chemical research and development, including product development, process development, process scale-up, applications testing, and technical service. He holds 18 patents in light stabilizer technology and chemical manufacturing processes, which have been licensed, and he enjoys working with inventors to define inventions. He has also served as an expert witness in several EPO patent opposition hearings. He has a BA in Chemistry, cum laude, from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stony Brook University.

About Cantor Colburn LLP

Cantor Colburn LLP is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country, with more than 100 attorneys and agents providing counsel in patents, trademarks, litigation and transactions to clients around the globe from offices in Hartford, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Houston and Detroit. Exceptionally well versed in a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, the firm’s clients work in a broad spectrum of industries, including chemical, life sciences, pharmaceutical, medical devices, manufacturing, consumer products, energy, software, telecommunications, entertainment, and more. Recent rankings include:

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