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Michael J. Albaneze
Gajadhar Bhakta, Ph.D.
John Brancolini
Allison B. Dianis
Peter H. Dykstra, Ph.D.
Stephen R. Finch
Ross K. Krutsinger
Ashlyn J. Lembree
Neil F. Maloney
Michael L. Mathaisel
Thomas J. McGinnis
Ayan Paul, Ph.D.
Kyle F. Schlueter
Paul A. Smith

Michael J. Albanez Patent Attorney
Michael J. Albaneze
Associate

Phone: 603-836-1479
Email: malbaneze@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis

Mike’s practice includes patent prosecution, patent analysis and client counseling in the fields of electrical engineering, computers and software.

Mike has prepared and prosecuted numerous U.S., international and foreign patent applications in a wide variety of technical fields, including: signal processing, image processing, digital and wireless communications, control systems, embedded systems, semiconductors and complex software systems.

In addition to his law degree from the University of New Hampshire, Mike holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, with a focus on Digital Signal Processing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Mike worked in industry for over 20 years at companies including Lockheed, Stanford Telecom, 3Com and IBM and was engaged in a variety of projects dealing with communications, real-time embedded systems, radars, sonars, avionics and complex software systems.  Prior to and after the completion of his law degree, Mike worked for the law firm of Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.  He is currently admitted to practice in New Hampshire and California, and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Mike is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the California Bar Association section on intellectual property and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Mike’s avocational interests include woodworking, motorcycles, golf, hiking, skiing, and Alaskan Malamutes.

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Gajadhar Bhakta, Ph.D.
Gajadhar Bhakta, Ph.D.

Patent Agent (Limited Recognition)

Phone: 603-782-7426
Email: gbhakta@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Preparation and Prosecution 

Gajadhar assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, especially in the fields of chemistry, material science, and biomedical engineering. 
        
Prior to joining the firm, Gajadhar worked for 11 years as a research scientist at Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) Singapore and National University of Singapore. He led and managed multidisciplinary research projects involving material scientists, mechanical engineers, biologists, and orthopedic surgeons for the development of orthopedic implants. 

His technical expertise includes nanotechnology, biomaterials, pharmaceutical (including drug, DNA, and protein) delivery systems, hydrogels, polymer scaffolds, glycosaminoglycans, surface chemistry, biochemistry, orthopedic implants with a particular focus on spine fusion devices, bone tissue engineering, stem cells, and regenerative medicine.

Gajadhar earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Delhi in 2005. His doctoral work focused on developing inorganic nanoparticles as non-viral vectors for DNA delivery. He also earned an M.S. and a B.S. in Chemistry from the same university in 2000 and 1997 respectively. He also received a Master of Intellectual Property (M.I.P.) from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2017 and a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (G.C.I.P.) from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law in 2013.

Gajadhar has co-invented a drug delivery device and published more than 15 scientific papers in reputed international journals in the fields of nanotechnology, drug delivery, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and medical devices.

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John Brancolini
John Brancolini
Patent Agent

Phone: 603.782.7432
Email: jbrancolini@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis

John’s practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of patent applications and related client counseling. John has prepared and prosecuted numerous U.S., international, and foreign patent applications in a wide variety of technical fields, including medical devices, electro-mechanical systems, optical/imaging systems, communication systems, semiconductors, software systems, and consumer goods.

Prior to joining the firm, John was a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office focusing on the field of computer-server communication protocols and network architecture. John has also worked as an in-house Patent Agent for a medical device company and as a Patent Agent at several law firms. 

John received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a registered Patent Agent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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Allison B. Dianis, M.S
Allison B. Dianis, M.S.

Patent Agent

Phone: 603-836-1489
Email: adianis@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis

Allison’s practice includes various aspects of patent law, including patent prosecution, patent analysis and client counseling. Allison has experience participating in patent clearance and design-around analysis, patent landscaping and analysis, and patentability searches.

Allison has prepared and prosecuted numerous U.S., international and foreign patent applications in a wide variety of technical fields, including: mechanical devices, medical devices, biology, optical/imaging systems, software systems, polymers, material science, and consumer goods.

Allison is a registered Patent Agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a former U.S.P.T.O. Patent Examiner in the field of diagnostic medical imaging. Allison holds a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science degree also in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University’s College of Engineering.

Prior to joining the firm, Allison worked as an in-house Patent Agent at Olympus, Patent Agent for start-ups and independent inventors, and a Field Technical Specialist in the field of Computer Guided Surgery for Medtronic.

Allison is a member of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) and the Society of Women Engineers.

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Peter Dykstra
Peter H. Dykstra, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Phone: 603.782.7434
Email: pdykstra@finchmaloney.com

Patent Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis
Due Diligence
Infringement/Validity Opinions

Peter’s practice covers many aspects of patent law, including patent preparation and prosecution, infringement and invalidity analysis, patentability searches, and general client counseling on IP related matters.

Peter has prepared and prosecuted numerous U.S., international and foreign patent applications in a wide variety of technical fields, including lithography, semiconductors, memory architecture, mechanical devices, medical devices, microfluidics, display technology, and optical systems. In addition to patent prosecution, Peter has extensive experience in pursuing inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In these IPR proceedings, he has drafted briefs for both the Patent Owner and the Petitioner.

Peter is a registered Patent Agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before joining Finch & Maloney, Peter worked as a Patent Agent for seven years at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox in Washington, DC. Peter earned both Ph.D. and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University. Peter’s research at the University of Maryland focused on the design, fabrication, and testing of both a microfluidic biochemical sensor for detection of harmful phenols and a microfluidic electrochemical sensor array for DNA hybridization detection.

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Stephen R. Finch. Attorney with focus on: Patent Prosecution and Counseling, Licensing/Agreements, Due Diligence, and Infringement/Validity Opinions.
Stephen R. Finch

Partner

Phone: 603-623-4058
Email: sfinch@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Licensing/Agreements
Due Diligence
Infringement/Validity Opinions
Post Grant Proceedings

Steve’s practice is directed to obtaining patents and counseling clients with respect to a variety of patent-related and business issues. Technical fields including polymers and plastics, membranes, filtration, water purification, ceramics, catalysts, drug discovery, medical devices, diagnostic instruments, analytical test kits, machinery, paints and varnishes, fuel cells, nanotechnology and textiles. Steve is also experienced in transactional IP due diligence, licensing agreements and opinion letters regarding patentability and freedom to operate (clearance). Steve also provides trademark and copyright counseling.

From 1983 until 1995 Steve was a principal at Dexsil Corporation where he was involved in a variety of functions including management, sales, marketing and R & D.

Steve received his Juris Doctor and Masters in Intellectual Property from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in 1999 and a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry/biochemistry and math-economics from Colby College in 1983.

After law school, Steve was an associate at the firm of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks in Boston. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is admitted to the bars of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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Ross K. Krutsinger
Ross K. Krutsinger
Associate

Phone: 603-836-1474
Email: rkrutsinger@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Trademark Prosecution and Counseling
Licensing/Agreements
Due Diligence
Infringement/Validity Opinions

Ross’s practice focuses on obtaining utility and design patents in the US and foreign jurisdictions in fields as diverse as semiconductor processing, near-field communications, firearms and weapons systems, touch-screen displays, medical devices, chemical sensors, nutritional products, hand tools and safety equipment, sports equipment, and computer-implemented methods.  Ross’s practice also includes obtaining trademarks and counseling clients with respect to a variety of trademark-related and patent-related issues including licensing, patentability, infringement, and freedom to operate.

Prior to law school, Ross worked for eight years in applied research for SBIR-funded companies to research and develop technologies that include wide-bandgap semiconductor devices, fuel cells, catalysis, water purification, and recovery of chemical species using flow cells.  Ross also worked twenty years as a musician based in Nashville, TN and Boulder, CO where he was a touring live performer, studio session musician, songwriter, and producer in a wide variety of music genres. 

Ross received his Juris Doctor and Masters of Intellectual Property dual degree cum laude from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2011 where he was an articles editor and notes editor for IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review.   Ross received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1995 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Ross began his intellectual property career as a patent agent at the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and as a patent and trademark attorney at a small NH firm.  Ross is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to the bars of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. 

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Ashlyn Lembree - Of Counsel, at Finch & Maloney. Practice Focus: Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and Licensing and Negotiations.
Ashlyn J. Lembree
Partner

Phone: 603-622-8456
Email: alembree@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Trademark Law
Copyright Law
Licensing and Negotiations

Ashlyn's practice focuses on trademarks, copyrights, and online brand management in domestic, international, and foreign jurisdictions. She is experienced in all facets of trademark law including registration and litigation as well as appellate, opposition, and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and proceedings under ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy system. Ashlyn is also experienced in copyright registration and intellectual property licensing agreements and other contracts.

In addition to her practice at the firm, Ashlyn is also the Director of the Intellectual Property & Transaction Clinic at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where she teaches in the areas of trademark and copyright law and practice. Prior to joining the firm, Ashlyn worked at two of New Hampshire's largest general practice firms, where she handled a diverse range of matters involving intellectual property law, public utility law, product liability, environmental law, corporate governance, litigation, transactional work, legislative work, and counseling. Ashlyn frequently lectures on intellectual property to artists and inventors. In addition, she has been consulted as an expert resource by the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as by journalists reporting on numerous intellectual property issues for media outlets such as Entrepreneur magazine and National Public Radio.

Ashlyn received her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 1996. Prior to law school, she earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science at the University of Vermont. Ashlyn is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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Neil F. Maloney. Attorney with focus on: Patent Prosecution and Counseling, Licensing/Agreements, Due Diligence, and Infringement/Validity Opinions.
Neil F. Maloney

Partner

Phone: 603-623-4059
Email: nmaloney@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Licensing/Agreements
Due Diligence
Infringement/Validity Opinions

Neil is a founder of the firm and partner with over twenty years’ experience as a patent attorney. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a wide range of technical disciplines, and recognizes the importance of taking the time to unpack and explain technology so the resulting work product is suitable for consumption by a broad range of readers including inventors, patent examiners, judges, and lay people. His patent application drafting process begins with a clear understanding of the technical problem being solved and the details of how the inventor’s creation addresses that problem.

Example technology areas in which Neil has drafted and prosecuted applications include analog and digital circuitry, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems, communication systems, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), image processing systems, optoelectronics and laser systems, semiconductors, software, and transducers. Neil also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating intellectual property agreements and is also available to counsel and provide opinion letters with respect to issues such as infringement, validity, and freedom to operate.

Prior to law school, Neil worked for over 8 years as an electrical engineer, first at Raytheon Company, and then at Lam Research Corporation.

Neil received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1999 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, magna cum laude, from Roger Williams University in 1988.

After law school, Neil was an associate at the firm of Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley and later was in-house patent counsel for the Abrasives Division of Saint-Gobain. He is a member of the state bars of New Hampshire, California, and Massachusetts, and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Neil is also a member of American Intellectual Property Law Association as well as the New Hampshire and California Bar sections on intellectual property.

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Michael L. Mathaisel. Patent Attorney. Practice Focus: Patent Prosecution and Counseling and Patent Analysis.
Michael L. Mathaisel

Associate

Phone: 603-782-7435
Email: mmathaisel@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Patent Analysis

Michael’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in the fields of electrical, computer, software, and mechanical engineering.  His background includes over 14 years of pre-law engineering experience, primarily as a software engineer at Walt Disney World Company where he received several patents.

Michael received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2009, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in 1990, and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Boston University in 1994.

After law school, Michael was an associate at the firm of Lando & Anastasi LLP and later at McCarter & English, LLP, both in the Boston area. He is a member of the state bars of New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Michael is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the American Bar Association - Section of Intellectual Property Law, the Boston Patent Law Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc, and The Arthur J. Gajarsa American Inn of Court.

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Patent Attorney, Tom McGinnis. Practice Focus: Patent Counseling and Prosecution, Trademark Prosecution and Counseling, Non-infringement/Validity Opinions.
Thomas J. McGinnis
Partner

Phone: 603-836-1477
Email: tmcginnis@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Counseling and Prosecution
Trademark Prosecution and Counseling
Non-infringement/Validity Opinions

Tom brings a bottom-line focus to the practice of intellectual property law by fashioning legal solutions that fit each client’s needs and budget. These solutions include domestic and international patent applications, reexamination requests, trademark registrations, copyright registration plans, licensing agreements, trade secret protection plans, due diligence support, and opinions regarding infringement, validity, and freedom to operate. Tom crafts each solution to match the client’s present situation and future needs.

Tom’s current and former clients include large multinational corporations, locally owned mid-size companies, independent inventors and Nobel Prize winners. Tom understands a wide variety of technologies including medical devices, computing hardware, software, and consumer products.

Tom has extensive experience in law and technology. Prior to joining Finch & Maloney, Tom worked as an associate and senior associate for Lando & Anastasi in Cambridge, MA. Prior to law school, Tom worked in software development, systems analysis, and implementation for companies including Radiant Systems (acquired by NCR) and Ashland Petroleum. He has personally developed and managed the development of software written for a variety of computing platforms including web servers, cell phones, and specialized computing devices. Tom has experience implementing and integrating enterprise-level applications with existing architectures. He uses the insight gained from nearly a decade of business and technical experience in the software and petroleum industries to maximize his clients’ return on their intellectual property investments.

Tom’s academic achievements include a J.D., magna cum laude, from Franklin Pierce Law Center, an M.B.A. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Computer Science with High Distinction and Departmental Honors from the University of Kentucky. Tom is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts.

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Ayan Paul
Ayan Paul, Ph.D.
Patent Agent (Limited Recognition)

Phone: 603-836-1471
Email: apaul@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent prosecution
Infringement analysis and targeted prosecution

Ayan is a senior Patent Agent (Limited Recognition) with experience in patent preparation and prosecution, infringement analysis, and targeted prosecution, in both domestic and foreign jurisdictions. He has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patents application in a wide variety of technical areas, such as computer architecture, computer power management, computer network, memory and cache management, circuits, semiconductor packaging, semiconductor process, wireless technologies (LTE/5G), artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Ayan received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1998 from National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, India, and earned his master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2005. Prior to his graduate studies, Ayan worked as an Electrical Engineer in a Petrochemicals company in India. Ayan has published extensively and has 10 technical papers in various journals and conferences, mostly in IEEE journals and conferences, in the field of Electrical Engineering.

Prior to joining the firm, Ayan worked for about 6 years at the law firm of Lee & Hayes, and two and a half years at the law firm of Green, Howard, & Mughal.

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Kyle F. Schlueter. Attorney with focus on : Patent Counseling and Prosecution, Non-infringement/Validity Opinions, and Licensing and Negotiations.
Kyle F. Schlueter

Partner

Phone: 603-622-8456
Email: kschlueter@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Counseling and Prosecution
Non-infringement/Validity Opinions
Licensing and Negotiations

Kyle's practice focuses on all aspects of patent law, including strategic counseling and portfolio management for clients ranging from large corporations to small venture-backed startups and individual inventors. He has substantial patent prosecution experience in a number of technical areas including software, electronics, semiconductor devices, digital marketing, consumer products, medical devices, optics, heavy equipment, and business methods. Kyle's experience also includes researching and preparing non-infringement opinions and validity studies, and negotiating with opposing parties regarding intellectual property disputes, transactions, and licenses.

Kyle received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law in 2001, and B.S. degrees in Physics and Engineering Physics, magna cum laude, from Oregon State University in 1998.

Prior to joining the firm, Kyle was a partner at Knobbe Martens, and also spent several years teaching English and working as a solo practitioner in South Korea. He is admitted to the bar in California and the District of Columbia, and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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Paul Smith Attorney
Paul A. Smith

Associate

Phone: 603-836-1478
Email: psmith@finchmaloney.com

Practice Focus:

Patent Preparation and Prosecution
Nanotechnology
Materials Science
Medical Devices
Network Communications
Software

Paul’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in fields as diverse as nanotechnology, materials science, medical devices, network communications, and software.  Paul also advises clients regarding patent portfolio strategy, portfolio management, and patent infringement and invalidity.  Paul’s legal experience includes several years as a patent associate in Fenwick & West’s Silicon Valley office, where he prepared and prosecuted patents, developed patent opinions, and participated in Inter Partes Review proceedings for several Fortune 100 clients. 

Prior to law school, Paul was an engineer for IBM and Energizer Battery, where he managed time-sensitive, multi-million dollar development projects.  This experience enables Paul to understand the technical, commercial, and logistical challenges faced by inventors and businesses. 

Paul has a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  While at Carnegie Mellon, Paul’s education focused primarily on metallic and crystalline systems, including thermodynamics, phase transformations, and the mechanics of metallic fracture from mechanical, chemical, and radiative degredation.  While at Carnegie Mellon, Paul worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Superconductivity Technology Center, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to understand the effect of processing and microstructure on the critical current density of superconductors.

Paul has an M.S. from Cornell University, also in Materials Science and Engineering.  His graduate research focused on polymer physics and polymer nanocomposites.  His research explored the fracture mechanics of polymers reinforced with nanoscale silicate particles.

During his technical education, Paul co-authored over a dozen peer-reviewed technical publications in superconductivity, magnetic materials, and nanotechnology.

Paul received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire School of Law) where he served as chief articles editor for the Pierce Law Review.  During this time he also served as intern with the Dartmouth College Office of the General Counsel. He is admitted to the bar in Vermont and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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