Sarah is an experienced and successful IP advisor, with a strong focus on the business aspects of law practice and the value of intellectual property in the marketplace. Serving on the Firm’s Management Committee, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Firm and strategic planning, driving the business decisions to continuously position the Firm for success. She brings this same business-oriented approach to her work with her clients, helping them to identify, protect, and leverage their intellectual property rights in the U.S. and abroad.
Sarah works with clients of all sizes, from small start-ups to fortune 500 companies, across a wide range of industries, assisting them with strategic patent portfolio development and management, and providing trademark and trade secret counseling. Sarah has extensive expertise in electrical and materials engineering technologies. She practices in the areas of optics, sensors, telecommunications, software interfaces and control systems, RF devices and systems, antennas, atom interferometry, and semiconductor devices, materials and manufacturing. Sarah also has significant experience working with clients in the defense industry, and a thorough understanding of the business and intellectual property rights impacts of government contracting, compliance with FAR and DFAR, and export controls. Sarah has expertise in all phases of patent prosecution, including appeals and post-grant proceedings. She has been involved in due diligence investigations and prepared patentability and freedom to operate opinions.
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In her role as a co-managing partner of the Firm, Sarah works closely with the Firm’s Director of Administration to develop and analyze firm performance metrics based on financial data, and to guide both tactical business decisions and the strategic direction of the Firm using these metrics. She also works closely with the Firm’s Director of Intellectual Property Services to manage the Firm’s operational and IT infrastructure and personnel, including developing and maintaining the Firm’s cybersecurity policies and initiatives. She is also involved in Firm training, and serves on the Firm’s Docketing and Practice Committees.
With strong family ties to both Africa and Europe, Sarah has a truly international perspective that she applies to her work with clients and at the Firm. She is conversant in French and Afrikaans. Away from the office, Sarah loves to be outdoors, and is an avid hiker, runner, and skier.