Virginia S. Medlen, Founding Partner, was involved in a fatal accident on Monday, May 5, 2003 while attending the INTA Conference in Amsterdam. With deep sorrow, we say farewell to her. She has been our friend and partner for over fifteen years.

Ginny's family has provided us with the following organizations should you be interested in making a donation in her honor: St. John's Presbyterian Church Music Program, 25 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 or Seymour Lake United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3050 Sashabaw Road, Oxford, MI 48371.

Funeral services were held in Oxford, Michigan on Thursday, May 15, 2003. In addition, a Memorial Service in San Francisco, California was held for Ginny on Sunday, June 8, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John's Presbyterian Church (referenced above).

Southern Methodist University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1985
Florida Atlantic University, B.A., Chemistry, 1972

Professional Experience
Partner, 1992 - 2003
Attorney, 1985 - 1991
Engineer, Texas Instruments, 1979 - 1981
Officer, U.S. Army Chemical Corps, 1972 - 1979

Litigation; Licensing; Mechanical, Chemical, Medical Device and Process Patents; Trademarks and Copyrights

State Bar of California, 1987
State Bar of Texas, 1985
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1985

Representative Cases
Roger W. Giese v. Pierce Chemical Company and Vector Laboratories, Inc., 29 F.Supp.2d 33, 49 U.S.P.Q.2d 1998 (D. Mass. 1998); 50 U.S.P.Q.2d 1810 (D.Mass. 1999)

Quad Environ. Tech. Co. v. Union Sanitary District, 946 E.2d 870 (Fed. Cir. 1991)

Denbicare, Inc. v. Toys 'R' Us, Inc., 21 USPQ2d 1711 (N.D. Cal. 1991)

VE Holding Corp. v. Johnson Gas Appl. Co., 917 F.2d 1574 (Fed. Cir. 1990)

Representative Publications
"How to Decide Whether to Obtain a Patent: Practical Considerations," How to Handle Basic Patent Problems, pp. 101-125, Practising Law Institute (1992)

Intellectual Property Protection - A Guide for Engineers, Prof. Publications, Inc. (1992)

American Association for Advancement of Science
American Bar Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

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