Jacob M. Ward
Founding Member, Registered Patent Attorney
Jacob “Jake” M. Ward is a registered patent attorney admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in the State of Michigan, and before the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Ward is also a registered Canadian Patent Agent, non-resident, admitted to practice before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
Mr. Ward is the Founding Member with the law firm of Ward Law Office LLC in Tiffin, Ohio. His practice consists of preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various technical arts, including the chemical, mechanical, and electrical arts. Mr. Ward also prepares legal opinions in relation to patentability, infringement, patent validity, and freedom to practice. He further prepares and prosecutes trademark applications, and provides legal opinions on trademark clearance and registration.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Dayton and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Toledo, College of Law. At the University of Toledo, Mr. Ward was also awarded a certificate of concentration in Intellectual Property Law. Prior to starting his legal practice, Mr. Ward was also a Materials Chemist for many years at the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in Findlay, Ohio.
Mr. Ward is also the founding author of the legal blog “Anticipate This!” which provides light and humorous commentary on the practice of patent law, trademark law, and science & technology.
Furthermore, Mr. Ward is an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law, where he teaches classes on substantive Patent Law and Patent Practice. He has also previously taught classes on Business and Legal Ethics at Tiffin University.
Mr. Ward is a regular speaker on the topic of intellectual property law to inventors clubs, technical organizations, chambers of commerce, business incubators, public libraries, etc. in the United States.
Associate, Registered Patent Attorney
A.J. Wenn is a registered patent attorney admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and in the State of Illinois.
Mr. Wenn is an Associate at Ward Law Office in Tiffin, Ohio. His duties include, preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various technical arts, including the chemical, mechanical, and electrical arts. Mr. Wenn also prepares legal opinions related to patentability, infringement, patent validity, and freedom to practice.
Additionally, Mr. Wenn prepares and provides legal opinions relating to trademark and copyright applications.
Before working at Ward Law Office, Mr. Wenn worked at J.P. Morgan Chase, and Michael Best & Friedrich. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree, from the University of Kentucky College of Law. At the University of Kentucky, Mr. Wenn was President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, and competed on the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team.
Jenn Howard is the Office Manager at Ward Law Office LLC. As the Office Manager, Jenn is responsible for maintaining client information, managing the docketing and renewals systems of the firm, assisting with client correspondence, filing documents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, communicating with foreign associates, and overseeing daily office tasks.
Jenn has over 10 years of experience working in the field of Intellectual Property Law. During this time, she helped to develop a new docketing system, and organized task and procedure manuals for an intellectual property law firm. She also has worked with many lawyers to file trademark and patent applications, maintained a renewal payment system, and trained new employees.
Prior to working in this field, Jenn worked developing, executing and managing special events at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. This included creating and maintaining a budget, creating and distributing marketing materials, and working closely with the students, facility and community to create large scale campus-wide events.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Recreation and Tourism from Bowling Green State University.
Registered Patent Agent
Steve Kimmet has been a patent agent registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 2001.
In his practice, Steve has represented individual inventors, small businesses and large corporations before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also worked with foreign patent associates to prosecute applications outside of the U.S. His specialties include electrical, electronics, and mechanical inventions.
Steve has enjoyed the variety of cases that he has successfully prosecuted over his career. He previously worked for Whirlpool Corporation and Toledo Scale Company. During his career with these companies, Steve was a senior computer systems engineer, a quality laboratory supervisor, a quality engineer, a plant electrical engineer, and a project design engineer. Steve has also been an adjunct professor at Tiffin University, teaching systems management, and an adjunct professor at Heidelberg University, teaching electronics.
Mr. Kimmet has received an MBA (1992) from Tiffin University, an MSEE (1972) from the University of Toledo, and a BSEngPhysics (1968) from the University of Toledo. He is a Life Member IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), and a member of the Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA).
Kristi Ward manages the business operations of Ward Law Office LLC. As the business manager, Kristi is responsible for billing, accounts receivable, payroll, human resources and managing the daily operations of the law firm. She is also the wife of Jacob, the Founding Member of Ward Law Office.
Prior to working at Ward Law Office, Kristi spent over 10 years in the HR outsourcing industry working at Aon Consulting and the RightThing Inc. in Findlay, Ohio. As the Account Manager for Kellogg, Kristi led numerous process changes to enhance the candidate experience and create efficiencies and managed the hiring of nearly 4000 hires per year. She developed campus recruiting processes for Merck, Pfizer, GE and Bayer and implemented employee referral programs for Novartis, Owens Corning and Kellogg.
She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources from Tiffin University.
Kristi is the LOGOS director at Sycamore UCC and is a board member of the Mohawk Community Library and Wenner-Galbraith Preschool.