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Intellectual Property Current Student Spotlight

Chicago-Kent's IP Program presents a series of profiles of current students. Each profile contains background information about each student as well as their summer and/or post-graduate positions. Check back to read about additional students as the collection of profiles grows.

Class of 2007

Andrew Bateman

Andrew BatemanAndrew Bateman is a 3L student at Chicago-Kent. Drew received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994 and his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from National Technological University in 2001.

In the summers after his first and second years of law school, Drew worked as a summer associate at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, where he has also accepted full-time employment to begin in the fall of 2007.

Kate Berezutskaya

Kate BerezutskayaKate Berezutskaya is a 4L student in our evening program. Kate received her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia; and Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prior to attending law school, she worked as a scientific advisor and patent agent at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, conducted research at the University of Chicago, and evaluated patent applications at the Office of Technology and Intellectual Property, University of Chicago. Currently, Kate is a patent agent at Howrey LLP.

Following graduation, Kate will continue to work at Howrey LLP as a patent attorney. Kate selected Howrey LLP because of their strength in all aspects of IP prosecution, transactions, and litigation.

David E. Blau

David BlauDavid Blau is in his last year of law school. David received a B.S. in Math and Computer Science from Caltech.

In September, David will be starting as a Patent Associate at Bromberg & Sunstein, the same Boston firm that he worked at last summer.

Additionally, he will be taking the Patent Bar this semester, taking the Massachusetts Bar exam in July, and hopes to spend part of August overseas. David's long-term plans are not set in stone, but he believes that spending a few years as a patent attorney will provide him with focus and direction.

Francisco Castro

Francisco CastroFrancisco Castro is a 4L student in our evening program. Francisco received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. Prior to attending law school, he was a research engineer at Bell Labs and later at Motorola Labs. Currently, Francisco is a technology specialist at McAndrews, Held & Malloy.

This fall, Francisco will be joining Cooley Godward Kronish LLP in Reston, VA. He selected Cooley because of their strength in emerging technologies, collegial atmosphere, and excellent training.

Steven Jedlinski

Steven JedlinskiSteven Jedlinski is in his final year of law school. Steven received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2003. While at NU, he was a four-year varsity member and captain of the Northwestern Men's Soccer Team.

In the past, he has worked in biomaterials and sensory motor performance labs. While at Chicago-Kent, Steven completed an IP externship at Jenkens & Gilchrist and participated in the IP Patent Clinic.

Currently, Steven works part-time at Cook Alex and has accepted a full-time position with them after graduation. He selected Cook Alex because of the firm's work environment and employees. The firm offers interesting work, recognized IP attorneys, and a comfortable lifestyle.

Class of 2008

Daniel Attaway

Daniel AttawayDaniel Attaway is a second year student at Chicago-Kent. Daniel received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and English from Rice University in Houston, TX. Before attending law school, Daniel worked as a process and production engineer for Lyondell Chemical Co. in Texas and Illinois.

Last summer, Daniel externed for the Honorable Ronald Guzman in the Northern District of Illinois. This summer, he will split his time between Howrey, LLC in Houston, TX and Connolly, Bove, Lodge & Hutz LLP in Wilmington, DE.

Mattew Carey

Matt CareyMatthew Carey will be a third year law student in August. Matt received his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. Matt was a member of Chicago-Kent's SBA during his second year of law school.

After graduating from Illinois, Matt worked in IT consulting before he decided to pursue a career in patent law. Since last winter, Matt has been working for the patent and trademark prosecution firm of Patents+TMS in Chicago. Additionally, Matt recently passed the patent bar exam!

Jessica Fender

Jessica FenderJessica Fender is a 2L student at Chicago-Kent. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Chemisty in 2002 and her Master's Degree in Chemistry in 2005, both from the University of Washington in Seattle. Jesse is also a registered patent agent.

Last summer, Jesse worked with Professor Lori Andrews at the Institute for Science, Law & Technology. This summer, she has accepted employment with Schiff Hardin LLP. She chose Schiff Hardin because the firm has a collegial atmosphere and allows associates an entire year to explore various practice areas before committing to a practice group.

Nicole Little

Nicole LittleNicole Little is a 2L student. Nikki received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in Chemical Engineering. Currently, she is submissions editor on the Journal of Intellectual Property at Chicago-Kent.

Last summer, Nikki enjoyed a judicial externship with The Honorable Bill Schuette of the Michigan State Court of Appeals in Lansing, Michigan. This summer, she will be working at the patent prosecution firm of Sughrue Mion in Washington, DC.

Eric Oddo

Eric OddoEric Oddo will be a 3L student in August. Eric graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science and a minor in European History. During his final year, he was an instructor and researcher for the American Legal Experience at the University of California-Berkeley. Eric also speaks French fluently.

The summer after his first year of law school, Eric took Evidence and was working at the Chicago-Kent Law Offices Employment Clinic. This past summer, he completed a two month internship at Cabinet Dreyfus & Associes, a European Copyright and Trademark law firm in Paris, France. His job duties included executing cease and desist letters on behalf of clients such as Accor Hotels and Banque Accord, submitting complaints over internet trademark disputes to the World Intellectual Property Organization, and successfully negotiated with international opposing council through email, phone calls, and internet registries. Eric plans to be a part-time law clerk during his final year of law school.

Puneet Sarna

Puneet SarnaPuneet Sarna is in his second year of law school. Puneet received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduating from IIT, he worked as a software engineer for established technology companies such as Motorola and Luxxon Corporation. Prior to attending Chicago-Kent, Puneet was a business advisor for a small business in New York

Puneet was a judicial extern at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Illinois last summer. During the fall semester, Puneet provided research assistance to Professors Dinwoodie and Holbrook and, this summer, he will be a summer associate at Fenwick & West LLP.

David Simon

David SimonDavid Simon is a 2L at Chicago-Kent. David graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan in three years where he majored in Political Science and minored in Philosophy. During his final year at Michigan, he worked as a researcher for the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, DC.

Last summer, David externed for Judges David Erickson and Rodolfo Garcia at the Illinois Appellate Court. This summer he will be a summer associate in the Chicago office of Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione. In the fall, David will extern for Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Class of 2009

Akarsh Belagodu

Akarsh BelagoduAkarsh Belagodu will begin his second year of law school this fall. Akarsh received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech. Prior to law school, he worked as a product development engineer at Intel Corporation developing next generation microprocessors. 

This summer, Akarsh will be working at Patents+TMS where he will be involved in research and writing for a patent noninfringement opinion and responses to office actions to the USPTO. Akarsh will also be responsible for writing client letters and articles for the firm’s newsletter and blogs.


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