professionals
Brian Epstein
Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein is a U.S. patent attorney particularly skilled at enhancing patent portfolios for American and foreign companies. Brian has spent his career practicing in some of the most sophisticated and respected IP practice groups. Brian has prosecuted hundreds of domestic and international patents, conducted hundreds of interviews, and responded to over one thousand Office Actions.

Brian practices in both the electrical and mechanical arts and has obtained patents in fields and technologies such as information technology, communications, circuit design, semiconductor fabrication, imaging, medical devices, and photocopiers.

Brian’s practice involves all aspects of patent preparation and prosecution. He brings experience and precision to the task of creating, streamlining and growing your patent portfolio. He has prosecuted numerous standards cases, participated in group-prosecution initiatives, and performed targeting analyses.

Prior to his career in law, Brian worked for Texas Instruments and Motorola, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (BSEE, MSEE, MSM) and The George Washington University (JD).

Brian is licensed to practice law in Virginia, and his practice is limited to matters before federal agencies and courts.

Yoshio Miyagawa
Yoshio Miyagawa

Yoshio Miyagawa is one of the founders of the member firms of the United GIPs. He frequently travels between our Washington, D.C. office and the other GIP offices in the world. He holds a B.S. in inorganic chemistry from Doshisha University, and has also engaged in graduate studies in organic chemistry. Mr. Miyagawa began his intellectual property career in 1981, and was admitted to practice as a Japanese patent attorney in 1986. In addition, Mr. Miyagawa is also a registered U.S. patent agent. His professional associations include the Japanese Patent Attorneys' Association and American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Andrew McAleavey
Andrew McAleavey

Andrew McAleavey is registered to practice before the USPTO in patent cases and holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is a U.S. patent agent with 18 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications across the world, including work for major U.S. and Japanese corporations. Mr. McAleavey has also acted as an Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Most recently, he served as director of engineering and in-house patent agent for an LED lighting and technology company. His engineering expertise includes mechanical and materials testing and product validation; light science and photometrics; and product design. He has written and prosecuted cases in the mechanical, electrical, software, e-commerce, chemical, and biotech fields. While he enjoys all aspects of patent practice, he is particularly passionate about writing patent applications.

Natsuko Kato
Natsuko Kato

Natsuko Kato is registered to practice before the USPTO in patent cases and holds a Bachelor of Law from Kyoto University and a Masters of Law in Intellectual Property from George Washington University Law School. She completed additional scientific and technical courses at a U.S. college to qualify for the U.S. patent agent examination, and earned her agent license. Before joining our firm, she worked for over ten years in a Japanese patent law firm in Tokyo as a patent law clerk specializing in U.S. patent applications. She has experience in various technologies in the mechanical, optical, and semiconductor fields including their control systems, with extensive experience in image forming/processing devices and compressors as a U.S. patent agent. She is fluent in both Japanese and English, which enables us to effectively interact with Japanese clients and prosecute their patent cases.

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