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.
William A. Ziehler, PhD
Attorney at Law
Dr. William “Bill” Ziehler has extensive experience as a Registered Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His practice focuses on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, and provision of legal opinions on freedom-to-practice, infringement, and patentability. He also has substantial appellate experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the USPTO.
In addition, Dr. Ziehler has extensive technical experience including post-graduate work focused on biochemical, biophysical, and genetic studies of nucleic acid and protein interactions, and corporate research and development where he contributed to the development of a novel means of whole genome amplification. He is further knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects including biochemistry, organic chemistry, polymers, materials science, coatings and films, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, medical devices, electrochemistry and battery technology, fuel cells, cooling systems, and photovoltaic devices. He has also worked with several university technology transfer offices, and previously taught undergraduate classes in biochemistry.
Dr. Ziehler is involved in both management of the firm’s patent legal services, as well as the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for clients.
Amy E. Rinaldo
Attorney at Law
Ms. Rinaldo has extensive experience as a Registered Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She has assisted corporations, small businesses, and individuals not only in protecting their intellectual property rights, but also in planning and executing a worldwide protection strategy. This has enabled her clients to effectively leverage their intellectual property portfolios (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets) in acquiring additional funding or acquisition.
In addition, Amy also has extensive experience in the regulatory field. She has developed an expertise in FDA laws, as well as advertising laws. This combination allows Amy to assist clients in not only acquiring exclusive rights to their inventions, but also how to leverage those assets in a regulated fields to avoid governmental interference. She has also worked with university technology transfer offices, and previously taught classes in patent practitioner ethics.
Ms. Rinaldo is involved in both management of the firm’s trademark legal services, as well as the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications for clients.
Chloe Goodlive is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, and an Associate at Ward Law Office. Her duties include, preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various technical arts, including the chemical, mechanical, and electrical arts. Ms. Goodlive also prepares legal opinions related to patentability, infringement, patent validity, and freedom to practice.
Before working at Ward Law Office, Ms. Goodlive worked for the Ohio State University Technology Commercialization Office (TCO). She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor degree, from the Ohio State Moritz College of Law. At Moritz, Ms. Goodlive was the Business Editor for I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society and the Secretary for the Intellectual Property Law Society.
Jennifer Zawojsky is a registered patent attorney admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in the State of Michigan. She is a cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
Jennifer’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as preparing legal opinions relating to intellectual property rights. She is experienced in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, with a wide range of knowledge in various technical fields including automotive systems and manufacturing, semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes, propulsion and thrust reverser systems, control systems, and electrical heaters. In addition, Jennifer is experienced in overseeing various aspects of client’s patent portfolios including research, analysis, and drafting patentability opinions, freedom-to-operate opinions, clearance/invalidity opinions, non-disclosure agreements, and licensing agreements.
Stephen Domingue is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of Michigan, and an Associate at Ward Law Office. He is also a registered patent attorney admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His duties include the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various technical fields, as well as conducting patentability searches and assessments.
Mr. Domingue received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at Central Michigan University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Prior to starting his legal career, Mr. Domingue worked for a genetics research laboratory for three years and worked in an industrial chemical laboratory at BASF Chemical Corporation for four years.
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.
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.