Shelley is a registered USPTO patent agent with over 20 years of experience in patent drafting and prosecution as well as extensive prior art searching, ensuring clients’ emerging products are knowledgeably designed and protected.
Shelley graduated with an electrical engineering degree, which prepared her for positions in test equipment design and manufacturing engineering. Her interest in gaining a broader view of business took her into sales, customer program management, and product management roles prior to becoming a patent agent at Scientific-Atlanta, which was later acquired by Cisco Systems. As a patent agent at Scientific-Atlanta, she was responsible for a large telecommunications portfolio, which included hardware and software along with its various transport standards and protocols. Shelley worked closely with inventors to draft and prosecute applications, as well as R&D engineering teams to guide product roadmaps, make foreign filing decisions, and develop a strategic patent portfolio.
Shelley also has extensive experience as a search analyst researching and reporting on prior art for numerous law firms and corporations that were involved in litigation, product development, and licensing opportunities. These searches included patentability, infringement, noninfringement, validity, invalidity, freedom to operate, and state of the art in a range of technology areas, including electrical, electronics, optics, medical and biological equipment, gas and petroleum products, telecommunications, and manufacturing and business methods. Additionally, she was a contractor for the USPTO researching and drafting the first written opinions for the PCT International Search Reports.
Having experienced all sides of the patent process and combined with her business knowledge, Shelley has a unique background where she is able to provide individual inventors, engineering R&D teams, and businesses with valuable insight as they develop their product roadmaps, new products, and strong patent portfolios.