Biographies

Charles C. Valauskas

Charles C.  Valauskas is legal counsel to domestic and foreign companies, new ventures, and universities and research foundations. Services include identification and forensic analysis of intellectual property, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, trademark registration applications, and copyright registration applications, preparing and negotiating a full range of agreements including licenses, hybrid licenses, employment agreements, work made for hire and assignment agreements, and litigation.

Mr. Valauskas is the Vice President for Industry Relations for the Association of University Technology Managers. Mr. Valauskas has authored separate chapters for the AUTM Technology Transfer Practice Manual (3rd Edition) on International Copyright Protection  and on the Rights of Privacy and Publicity and has co-authored two separate AUTM books: C. Valauskas and C. Innes, Copyright Protection of Software, Multimedia, and Other Works: An Author’s Guide, Association of University Technology Managers’ Educational Series no. 4 (Published Feb. 2000 and translated in 2004 into Japanese, Tokai University Press); and C. Innes and C. Valauskas, Development and Deployment of Digital Works in Universities: A Guide for Authors and Licensing Officers, Association of University Technology Managers’ Educational Series no. 5 (Published Feb. 2000 and translated in 2004 into Japanese, Tokai University Press).

Mr. Valauskas speaks on a regular basis throughout the world on technological and intellectual property topics. He has appeared in articles published in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the ABA Journal, and Food & Wine.

Mr. Valauskas is also a former adjunct law professor for intellectual property matters and the author of other articles that have appeared in publications including the: Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Newsletter. Mr. Valauskas received his B.S. from the University of Illinois (Chicago), his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law, and his LL.M. from the Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Valauskas is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois and is a member of various organizations including the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.

Allison M. Corder

Allison M. Corder is a registered patent attorney practicing in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright. She participates in all phases of Patent prosecution and litigation including pre-suit investigation, infringement/validity analysis, preparation of pleadings and discovery, depositions, motions and Markman. In addition, she prepares patent opinions involving infringement, validity and inventorship as well as performs offensive and defensive analysis on strategic essential and nonessential licensing. Before entering private practice, she was in-house counsel for a global communication company where she served as Patent Committee Chair organizing invention disclosure processing of approximately 1500 invention submissions a year and administered bi-monthly Patent Committee meetings.

Ms. Corder’s experience includes Patent prosecution involving software, electrical and mechanical arts pertaining to cellular technology (CDMA, TDMA and GSM), financial instrument management software, synthetic vision systems, risk assessment processes, microfiltration methods, safety egress apparatuses, postal apparatuses; patent infringement litigation involving laser sintering, barcoding technology, document management systems, hip replacement devices, sports equipment, modular heating/ cooling devices, medical products, gas grill products, computer simulation; trademark infringement litigation involving restaurant services, home decor products, document management systems, motor vehicle services, beverage products; and copyright infringement litigation involving barcoding technology and home decor designs.

Ms. Corder earned a B.S. in General Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering minor from the University of Illinois (1996), a European IP Law Certificate from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands (2000), and a J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s law school, Chicago Kent College of Law (2001) with the honors of Dean’s List and CALI Academic Achievement Award: Intellectual Property for Corporate Lawyers.

Ms. Corder is registered to practice in and before the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Northern District Court of Illinois and United States District Court of Colorado.

Ms. Corder earned the 2009 Woman of the Year in Law awarded by the American Biographical Institute Board of International Research. She speaks at the Illinois Institute of Technology on Intellectual Property topics and is an Alumni Ambassador. She also actively participates as a Judge in the Interprofessional Projects Program sponsored by the Engineering College at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Paul K. Judd

Paul K. Judd, Ph.D. is an attorney whose practice includes patent prosecution of United States and foreign patent applications, portfolio analysis, strategic counseling and opinion letters. He has been working in the Intellectual Property field since 2008.

Dr. Judd has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications with an emphasis in biotechnology, medical devices and mechanical devices. He has worked on patent applications including such technologies as biomarkers, antibodies, enzymatic inhibitors, genetically modified organisms, microfluidic devices, protein expression systems, methods for treating and diagnosing various diseases, drug delivery systems, pharmaceuticals, biomolecules, biochemical assays, cleaning products, chemical coatings, stents and heart valves.

Dr. Judd earned a B.A. in Biology from Saint John’s University (1997), in Collegeville, Minnesota. He also earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota (2004) where he studied in the lab of Dr. Anath Das researching the pathogenicity of the soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens, the causative agent of Crown Gall Tumor Disease in plants. During his time as a graduate student, Dr. Judd was the recipient of several awards including the Arnold R. Johnson Fellowship in Biochemistry, Bucaner award for Excellence in Biological Research and a Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Teaching Award. Dr. Judd is also a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law (2008) in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Judd is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in the state of Minnesota.

Alex Shtraym

Alex Shtraym is an attorney practicing in all areas of intellectual property. He has worked with organizations of all sizes including corporations, partnerships, and start-ups, educational institutions, non-profit enterprises, and individuals.

His practice involves the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, copyright filings, and opinion letters. Mr. Shtraym has worked on patent applications pertaining to antenna systems, radio frequency propagation, sound wave acoustics, graphics processing, image sensors, integrated circuit chip packaging, software, and mechanical apparatuses. Also, he has advised clients on trademark protection in a variety of industries and for a variety of products and services including for restaurants, food and pharmaceutical products, and e-commerce and software related services.

Mr. Shtraym earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from The University of Illinois at Chicago and a J.D. with a certificate in Intellectual Property from The John Marshall Law School. Mr. Shtraym is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in the State of Illinois, and before the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Shtraym is fluent in Russian.