Meet the Team

Our team offers a deep knowledge of intellectual property law and a unique “corporate” perspective in providing counsel to clients. In addition to traditional law firm experience, our team includes a significant number of attorneys who have practiced law within corporations such as AT&T, Intel, Microsoft, and HP. Our attorneys/agents are committed to serving our clients with tailored legal counsel with a high degree of integrity. Click on a name for more information and a vcard. 

Howard Skaist, Founder/Senior Counsel

Howard Skaist

Founder/Senior Counsel 
Bars Admitted: Oregon, USPTO
Email: hskaist@bltg-ip.comDOWNLOAD VCARD

Howard graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi from Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) in 1982 with a B.S.E.E. Degree in Electric Engineering and Computer Science. After graduation, he spent two years at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Laurel, MD) performing research and development on advanced navigation and guidance techniques for airborne defense platforms. He entered Duke University (Durham, NC) in 1984, simultaneously pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business and a Juris Doctorate Degree at Duke Law School. While at Duke, he served on the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal. He graduated with highest honors, Order of the Coif honors, and won the Willis Smith Award for being first in his law school class.  

Immediately after graduating from Duke, he began clerking for Judge Eugene Wright on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, WA. A year later, he entered private practice as a member of the Oregon bar, joining Stoel, Rives, a Pacific Northwest law firm headquartered in Portland. After spending two years in the Patent Group at Stoel, Mr. Skaist became an in-house patent attorney for General Electric Co. at its Corporate Research and Development Center outside Albany, New York. Eventually, he joined AT&T’s Bell Laboratories as an intellectual property attorney, prior to the formation of Lucent Technologies. He returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 as a senior intellectual property attorney for Intel Corp. in Portland, OR, and in the ensuing seven years rose to become Intel’s Director of Patents, where he managed a staff of over 40, including patent attorneys, patent agents, paralegals, patent engineers, and administrative assistants. As Intel’s Director of Patents, Mr. Skaist split his time between developing the substantive legal strategy for several of Intel’s significant patent cases, leading several of Intel’s major patent cross-licensing efforts, overseeing other patent analysis projects, and leading the strategic management of Intel’s patent portfolio.

In 2003, Mr. Skaist left Intel and founded Berkeley Law & Technology Group, (BLTG). Currently, BLTG has a total of twelve patent lawyers. BLTG handles all aspects of patent law practice, including: patent preparation and prosecution, patent strategy, portfolio building, and portfolio management, patent assertion and other patent license negotiation support , preparing patent opinion letters, and strategic oversight of patent litigation. Mr. Skaist is also an adjunct professor at Boalt Hall Law School in Berkeley, CA, and at Willamette School of Law in Salem, OR, and has also taught patent law, copyright law, and computer law at Lewis and Clark Law School and Albany Law School. In addition, he is a member of the AIPLA and served for several years (1998-2001) on the Editorial Board of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal.

Paul G-Nagy, Partner

Paul G. Nagy P.C

Bars Admitted: California, USPTO
Email: pnagy@bltg-ip.comDOWNLOAD VCARD

Paul’s practice focuses on patent related matters including patent application preparation and prosecution as well as analysis and litigation support. Paul has particular expertise in patent matters relating to computer hardware and software, Internet, semiconductor, communications and general electronics related technologies electronics. As a former Assistant Director in Intel Corp.’s Patent Practice Group, Paul can also assist emerging technology companies with developing a patent strategy, establishing an in-house patent filing program and managing a growing portfolio of patent assets.

Professional Experience:
– Berkeley Law and Technology Group, LLP, September 2004 to present
– Intel Corporation, Patent Practice Group, Assistant Director, July 2000 to September 2004
– Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Senior Attorney, October 1997 to July 2000
– Loeb & Loeb LLP (including former partners of Spensley Horn Jubas & Lubitz), Los Angeles, CA, Associate, September 1994 to October 1997

– J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (1994)
– M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1987)
– B.S., Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1984)

Admitted to Practice:
– California, 1994
– Registered to Practice Before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 1994 

Ted Karr, Partner

Ted Karr

Bars Admitted: Oregon, California, Texas
Email: tkarr@bltg-ip.comDOWNLOAD VCARD

Ted’s practice focuses on intellectual property (IP) transactions, licensing, patent analysis, trademarks and IP strategies. Ted has extensive experience in developing IP strategies that are based on the unique needs of clients and can counsel clients in the many options available to maximize the value of their intellectual property assets.

Ted’s practice also concentrates on trademark preparation, prosecution and management on an international basis. Ted understands the Federal trademark registration process and assists clients with assessing and developing their trademark plan and registration decisions as well as how to effectively use trademarks in their business. Ted is an experienced Portland Trademark Attorney supporting trademark clients from around the world. His clients range from individuals to fortune 500 companies. He represents clients that have trademarks related to websites, online sales and services, mobile apps, hardware and software products, medical devices, restaurants, microbreweries, wineries, and various other products and services.

Ted has experience with licensing patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and technology. He also has extensive experience developing offensive and defensive patent strategies and understands how to analyze markets, technologies and intellectual property in the context of licensing, litigation, patent acquisitions and patents sales. Ted has experience in drafting and negotiating complex patent license transactions and other intellectual property agreements on an international basis. His experience includes royalty based transactions, among other value-based transactions.

Ted’s particular expertise in licensing has related to technology hardware and software, internet, semiconductors, software, medical devices, and general electronics related technologies. As a former Licensing Attorney and Licensing Manager in Intel Corporation’s Patents and Licensing Group, Ted can assist with all phases of the transaction from developing an intellectual property strategy, to providing services in structuring, drafting and negotiating the transaction. Ted’s background positions him well for providing clients with a broad range of support related to their intellectual property strategy.

Professional Experience:
– Partner of Berkeley Law and Technology Group, LLP, 2006 to present
– Intel Corporation, Attorney, Patents Group, 2001 to 2006
– Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., Sacramento, CA, Operations Manager, 1993 to 2001

– J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School, Sacramento, CA (2000)
– Editor in Chief of the McGeorge Transnational Lawyer Law Review
– MBA, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (1994)
– B.S., Financial Management; Minor, Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (1990)

Professional Associations:
– American Bar Association
  Member, Multnomah Bar Association 

Oleg K. Salakhov, Partner

Oleg K. Salakhov

Bars Admitted: Oregon, U.S. District Court, USPTO
Email: osalakhov@bltg-ip.comDOWNLOAD VCARD

Oleg maintains a diverse practice acquiring U.S. and international Intellectual Property rights and assisting clients with IP- related litigation, negotiation, and licensing. Oleg’s practice includes patent application preparation and prosecution in areas relating to electronics, software, Internet, and communications, as well as in electrical and electro-mechanical arts. In his practice, Oleg combines his engineering expertise with his strong legal writing skills.

Oleg’s engineering background includes designing, building, operating, maintaining, and repairing the full range of systems found on modern commercial vessels. Oleg’s education and practical experience involves state-of-the art electronics, communication, electro-mechanical and nuclear propulsion systems, and power generators, as well as heating, cooling, refrigeration, and ventilation systems. His expertise is proving invaluable to clients seeking IP rights in just about any related technical subject matter.

Professional Experience: 
– Berkeley Law and Technology Group, LLP, 2009 to present
– Kolisch Hartwell, P.C., Associate, 2007 – 2009  

– J.D., summa cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 2007
– Student Graduation Speaker, Class of 2007
– Dean’s List, 2004 – 2006
– Year-End Achievement Scholarship Awards, 2004 – 2007
– Best Brief, Motion In Support of TRO, Remedies, 2006
– Cheney/Metzger Legal Writing Scholarship Finalist, 2005
– Recipient of eight Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Education (CALI)
– Excellence Awards, including for Legal Writing, Intellectual Property, and IP Audits.
– B.S. and M.S., Marine Engineering Systems, State Maritime Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1993
– Advanced Study for B.S., M.E., State Forestry Engineering Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1987

Admitted to Practice:
– Oregon State Bar
– U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
– U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Licenses and Associations:
– American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
– Oregon State Bar: Intellectual Property, Litigation, International, and Computer and Internet Law sections
– Third-Class Marine Engineer License

Other Languages:
Fluent Russian 

Calvin Wells, Senior Patent Attorney

Calvin Wells

Patent Agent
Bars Admitted: Oregon, California, USPTO

Calvin’s practice focuses on patent law. His patent practice includes patent preparation and prosecution, as well as analysis. His area of technical expertise lies in the electrical and computer arts, with particularly extensive experience in chipset and graphics/video matters, with additional experience in other areas including microprocessor architecture, semiconductor device fabrication, software, and electronic device interconnect and data signaling technologies.

Professional Experience: 
– Berkeley Law and Technology Group, LLP, 2004 to present 
– Patent Attorney, Intel Corporation, 1999-2004 
  patent preparation and prosecution
  portfolio management and development
  litigation and licensing related patent analysis
– Patent Agent/Patent Engineer, Intel Corporation, 1995-1999
  patent preparation and prosecution
– Electrical Engineer, Intel Corporation, 1992-1995
  product definition, architecture, motherboard design   

– J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1999)
– B.S., Electrical Engineering, Brigham Young University(1992)

Admitted to Practice:
– California, 1999 
– Registered to Practice Before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 1998   

Mark Kendrick, Senior Patent Attorney

Mark Kendrick

Senior Patent Attorney
Bars Admitted: California, USPTO
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for Southern District of California


Mark Kendrick practices intellectual property law and specifically patent prosecution. He handles all aspects of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law, with an emphasis on computer-related technologies, including hardware, software, peripherals, wireless communication, network communications, robotic devices, online gaming and medical devices.

Mr. Kendrick has prepared patent clearance and patent non-infringement opinions involving a wide range of technology areas such as mobile computing devices, imaging devices, optical drive devices, memory card reader devices, 3-D medical imaging systems, medical devices, Internet routers and switches, networking technologies (LAN, WLAN, PAN), and web-based digital encryption systems.

Mr. Kendrick’s patent prosecution and client counseling experience likewise involves a variety of technology subject matters, in such areas as: computer hardware including digital printing systems, online instruction systems, digital archiving systems, solar power management systems, network switches, Internet routers, intelligent management controllers, parallel-to-serial converters, optical drive systems, semiconductor devices, wireless navigation systems, signal equalization systems, diskless computer systems, and laptop computers; computer software, including image processing, network protocols, Internet routing protocols, disk drive protocols, media translation programs, database sorting algorithms, web-based digital encryption systems, PC digital encryption systems, operating systems, BIOS software, and authentication, authorization and administration software, and various electrical devices.

Mr. Kendrick has advised clients on the maintenance, enforcement and defense of intellectual property and technology. He has also provided clients assistance with IP transactional matters including licensing, mergers and acquisitions and other IP contractual matters.

Mr. Kendrick assists in representing clients in patent and other intellectual property litigation. Mr. Kendrick’s responsibilities included, preparing and submitting pleadings; interfacing with experts in preparation of expert reports; preparing for and taking/defending depositions, managing discovery and document review and production, analyzing infringement claims and theories; evaluating client’s accused products and/or services; evaluating potential prior art references; participating in settlement negotiations and representing client’s interests within joint defense groups.

Practice Areas: 
– Intellectual Property
– Patent Prosecution
– Intellectual Property Due Diligence
– Intellectual Property Litigation
– Post-Grant Proceedings

– J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2001, Dean’s List (Fall 1999 and Spring 2000)
– M.B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1992
– B.S., Computer and Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1985 

Intent to Lose? Be Wary of Pitfalls Involving Intent-to-Use Trademark Applications., Authors: Bobby Ghajar, Mark R. Kendrick, Carolyn S. Toto, 5/22/2014

What You Should Know About Electronic Subscriptions and Copyright Law: A Best Practices Guide, Authors: Carolyn S. Toto, Mark R. Kendrick, 8/19/2013

Brad Greenwald, Senior Patent Attorney

Brad Greenwald

Senior Patent Attorney
Bars Admitted: California, USPTO

Brad’s practice focuses on patent-related matters including patent application preparation and prosecution as well as analysis and litigation support. He brings 25 years of intellectual property experience to BLTG. He has worked for international companies and national intellectual property boutique firms. He was employed at Intel Corporation, where he pursued all aspects of patent law for the past 15 years. His work there included patent prosecution, licensing, litigation, purchasing, patent analysis, portfolio building, and a focus on international standards. This breadth of experience gives him a deep understanding of what makes a strategic patent and how companies can best use their portfolio to enhance their businesses.

Professional Experience:
– Berkeley Law and Technology Group, LLP, Member, August 2016 to present.
– Kacvinsky, Daisak, Bluni, PLLC, Partner, October 2014 to August 2016.
– Intel Corporation, Director, Patents & Licensing, May 1999 to July 2014.
– Pennie & Edmonds, Associate Litigation and Patent Attorney, 1996 – 1999
– Fish & Neave, Associate Litigation and Patent Attorney, 1993 – 1996.

– Harvard Law School, cum laude (1993)
– M.A., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1987)
– B.A., Physics and Philosophy, University of Iowa, Phi Beta Kappa (1985)

Admitted To Practice:
– California, 1993
– Registered to Practice Before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 1993 

Sidney True, Attorney

Sidney True

Bars Admitted: Oregon

Sidney’s practice focuses on patent prosecution in the areas of electronics, software, business methods, and nano-technologies.

Professional Experience:
Berkeley Law and Technology Group, LLP, Attorney – Of Counsel, 2006 to present,   Law Clerk, December 2004 – August 2006.

– Willamette University College of Law, JD, 2003-2006
– Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, BS

Admitted to Practice:
Oregon, 2006 

Angel Herrera Jr

Angel Herrera, Jr.

Bars Admitted: US Patent and Trademark Office, Texas, New York

Angel Herrera Jr. has extensive experience managing intellectual property portfolios and advising clients regarding product protection and development. He advises clients regarding risk reduction and cost-effective trademark and patent prosecution. He provides opinions regarding product clearance and conducts litigation support, including management of electronic discovery. He has particular experience with trademark preparation and management, the drafting and prosecution of patents in the chemical arts, and trade secret protection.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Herrera worked as a chemical engineer with a number of engineering companies in San Antonio, Texas, where he developed broad experience in process analysis, chemical substitution, pollution prevention, and environmental compliance.

Professional Experience:
– Berkeley Law & Technology Group – August 2021 to Present
– Abel Schillinger LLP – November 2010 to August 2021
– Prescott Legal – December 2008 to November 2010
– Daffer McDaniel, LLP – August 2004 to November 2008
– Bryan Cave, LLP – September 2000 to February 2003 

– Master of Intellectual Property, Univ. of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law (2000)
– J.D., Univ. of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law (2000)
– B.S., Texas A&M University (1992) 

Michelle Blevins, Patent Agent

Michelle Blevins

Patent Agent

Michelle is a U.S. Registered Patent Agent with technical experience that includes computer hardware and software coding, reconfigurable computing applications, digital signal processing, autonomous robotics, and microcontroller applications. Michelle’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in the areas of wireless communications, mobile computing technologies, embedded computing systems, computer architectures, computer software, websites, defense/aerospace systems, autonomous vehicle technology, blockchain applications, and television and media content delivery systems. Michelle has also assisted litigation support activities, infringement analysis and claim charting, and patent portfolio mining.

Professional Experience:
Berkeley Law and Technology Group, LLP, Registered Patent Agent, August 2019 to present
– Lorenz & Kopf, LLP, Registered Patent Agent, June 2012 to March 2019
– Gazdzinski & Associates, PC, Registered Patent Agent, April 2011 to June 2012

B.S., Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Computer Design, University of North Florida (2009)

Admitted to Practice:
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2011) 

Yoriko Morita, Patent Agent

Yoriko Morita

Patent Agent

Yoriko is a U.S. Registered Patent Agent with over 20 years of experience in the innovation cycle. Yoriko’s practice focuses on providing business leaders with peace of mind, ensuring that their company’s patent strategy is fully supporting its corporate growth plans. Yoriko combines her business, technology and legal perspectives in creating an actionable and comprehensive intellectual property strategy. She holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado, and is fully bilingual in English and Japanese.

Professional Experience:
– Berkeley Law & Technology Group, LLP, Registered Patent Agent
– Patents Integrated / Soumei Consulting Inc., Founder

– Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado
– Executive MBA, University of Colorado
– Lawrence University, B.A., Physics

Admitted to Practice:
– U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
– Certified Licensing Professional    

Jeff Limon, Patent Agent

Jeff Limon

Patent Agent

Jeff D. Limon is a Patent Agent with over 20 years of experience with various law firms as well as corporate legal departments.  Prior to becoming a Patent Agent, Jeff was an electrical engineer for nearly 10 years at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and 3 years at Motorola.  He specializes in preparing and prosecuting patent applications for electrical circuits, RF-generated plasma-enhanced integrated circuit fabrication processes and equipment, advanced materials, electrochromic devices, wireless communications, and computer-implemented processes and methods.

Professional Experience:
Berkeley Law & Technology Group, LLP, Registered Patent Agent, June 2020 to present
– Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson, Registered Patent Agent, March 2019 to June 2020
– Pramudji Law Firm, Registered Patent Agent, July 2018 to March 2019
– Berkeley Law & Technology Group, LLP, Registered Patent Agent, April 2012 to July 2018

– M. S., Microwave Engineering, Arizona State University (1994),
– B. S., Electrical Engineering with emphasis on antenna design, University of California at Los Angeles (1986)

Admitted to Practice:
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1999)  

Kristi Schroeder, Senior Legal Assistant

Kristi Schroeder

Senior Legal Assistant

Kristi joined the firm in 2004. Kristi is a Senior Legal Assistant and Office Coordinator. Kristi has extensive experience with domestic and foreign patent prosecution, portfolio management, and maintaining intellectual property docketing systems. Kristi also has experience with domestic and foreign trademark prosecution.

Professional Experience: 
– Berkeley Law and Technology Group LLP, 2004-present
– Office Manager, LNS Court Reporting and Captioning, Portland, OR 2000-2003
– Office Manager, Happy Talk Ceramics, Portland, OR 1996-2000

Community Activities and Interests:
– Volunteer, Special Olympics
– Volunteer, Girl Scouts

Emily Stalder, Senior Legal Assistant

Emily Stalder

Senior Legal Assistant
Email: estalder@bltg-ip.comDOWNLOAD VCARD

More About Emily
Emily joined the firm in 2021 as a Senior Legal Assistant. She has 9+ years of experience in patent law including all parts of US and Foreign prosecution from application filing to patent grant.

Professional Experience: 
– Berkeley Law and Technology Group, LLP, 2021-Present
– Davidson Sheehan, LLP, Senior Patent Administrator, 2016-2021
– Abel Schillinger, LLP, Patent Administrator, 2015-2016
– Oliff PLC, IP Training and Support Supervisor/Workflow Coordinator, 2012-2015

– Texas Tech University (2011), B.A. in Political Science, History Minor

Elizabeth Coffee

Elizabeth Coffee

Legal Assistant

More About Elizabeth
Elizabeth joined the firm in 2020 and has been a certified paralegal since 2014. Her experience lies in patent preparation and prosecution as well as trademark registration. She earned her paralegal certificate from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.A. in English from Rhodes College, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. 

– Patent Resources Group, D.C.: Trademark Fundamentals Certificate, 2018; Patent Administration Certificate, 2017
– University of Texas at Austin, Paralegal Certificate, June 2014
– Rhodes College, Memphis, TN; B.A. English; Spanish minor
– Achievements: Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Iota Iota

Professional Experience:
– Berkeley Law & Technology Group, Austin, TX
– Abel Schillinger, LLP, Austin, TX
– Richards Rodriguez & Skeith, LLP, Austin, TX 

Ann Schedler


B.S. General Business, Portland State University

Professional Experience:
– Accounting Assistant, Obvius Holdings, LLC
– Accounting Assistant, Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP
– Accounts Manager, Hanna Strader, P.C. 

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