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Quarles & Brady Deepens IP Bench With Four New Attorneys

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Intellectual Property Practice growth a continued strategic focus

MILWAUKEE – The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced the continued expansion of its Intellectual Property Group with the addition of four patent attorneys. Kris Fredrick, previously the general counsel and IP counsel for Honeywell International Inc.'s Laboratories, joins the firm’s Minneapolis office. Tolga Gulmen, Ph.D and Tambryn VanHeyningen, Ph.D join the firm's Madison office, and M. Scott McBride, Ph.D joins the Milwaukee office.

Quarles & Brady has now added two dozen IP attorneys and professionals across the country since the beginning of 2018, with each move deepening the firm’s bench strength in the areas of patent prosecution, IT licensing and data security, and trademarks and copyrights. 

“Kris, Tammy, Tolga, and Scott each bring unique backgrounds," said Jack Cook, Quarles & Brady's National IP Practice Group Chair. "For example, Kris has had a highly-accomplished career helping guide the IP and legal strategies of a Fortune 100 company. He brings diverse legal and technical expertise to Quarles & Brady to assist our clients. Tammy, Tolga, and Scott have deep technical knowledge, as reflected by their respective Ph.D's. Their ability to craft unique IP strategies that help drive business objectives is widely recognized, as reflected by their national practices." Cook noted, "The fit was natural because they join an already outstanding team designed to help our clients see around corners and utilize IP to advance their business goals.”

About the Attorneys
Kris Fredrick, partner, helped develop and manage the expansive international IP portfolio of Honeywell, a global leader in technology, software, and manufacturing. Over his 20-year career, Fredrick has developed experience in the implementation of portfolio development, growth, licensing and expansion opportunities. He has attained a global perspective regarding patent prosecution, IP enforcement, M&A IP due diligence, and the assessment of strategic partnerships and alliances. His industry sector knowledge spans space, aviation, commercial and residential buildings, industrial automation and control, sensors, cybersecurity, and process control technologies. Fredrick received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

Tolga Gulmen, Ph.D, of counsel, is experienced in drafting, prosecuting, managing and licensing patent portfolios. He works with a wide range of sophisticated technologies in the areas of chemical sciences, nanotechnology, life sciences and biotechnology, engineering, and software. Earlier in his career, Gulmen founded a law firm focused on university technology transfer offices and startups and served as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, supervising students providing intellectual property and business legal services to entrepreneurs. He received his B.S. from the College of William & Mary, his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkley, School of Law.

M. Scott McBride, Ph.D, partner, focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution and enforcement. He provides counseling and opinion work related to freedom-to-operate, non-infringement and patent invalidity. McBride leverages his experience as a research scientist and has worked for university technology transfer offices, small startups and large research companies. He received his B.S. from Colorado State University, his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his J.D. from Marquette University Law School.

Tambryn VanHeyningen, Ph.D, partner, focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution, licensing, and portfolio development and management. She also provides strategic counseling regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, non-infringement and invalidity opinions. VanHeyningen's practice has a particular emphasis on life sciences, chemistry and biotechnology, where she can leverage her experience as a research scientist working in the fields of microbiology, immunology, and mechanisms of disease. She received her B.A. from Kalamazoo College, her Ph.D. from Washington University School of Medicine, and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law.

About Quarles & Brady's Intellectual Property Group
Quarles & Brady's Intellectual Property Group has grown into a national practice of more than 100 professionals, representing clients ranging from iconic brands like the Green Bay Packers to world-renowned research institutions like Massachusetts General Hospital. With varied backgrounds in business, law, and scientific study, our team members bring the diversity of perspectives necessary to design solutions for our clients’ most pressing issues.

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