I specialize in providing world-class intellectual property counsel to clients in the high technology, life sciences, and ecommerce industries. My client base includes entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as the general counsel of large, public companies. I work with clients in the United States as well as countries like Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, China, the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, and Switzerland. My firm has industry experience in a large number of industries, including but not limited to software/SAAS, hardware/HAAS, IT, telecommunications, solar, semiconductors, fiberoptics, biotech, medical device, medical and health care software/SAAS, health care,
Internet, online marketing, online retail, content licensing, and web development.
I am the Founder and Managing Principal of the intellectual property boutique firm, The Prinz Law Office, in the Silicon Valley of California. My practice includes the drafting and negotiation of intellectual property licenses and related agreements, with a focus on the high technology, life sciences, and e-commerce industries.
Prior to founding The Prinz Law Office, I was a member of the licensing department in the Palo Alto office of the New York-based intellectual property law firm of Pennie & Edmonds, LLP.
I am an active member of the American Bar Association, where I serve as the Chair of the VOIP and Programs Committees, and a member of the Nominating and Section Branding Committees for the Science and Technology Section, and also serve on the Cyberspace Committee of the Business Law Section. My other activities include currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.
Previously, I served as the Copyright Committee Sublicensing Chair of the ABA's Intellectual Property Section, as Director of Life Sciences/Biotechnology for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, as a member of the Intellectual Property Owner Association's U.S. Copyright Law and the Corporate IP Management Committees, and as a member of Astia's Life Sciences and Entrepreneur Venture Catalyst Program Planning Committee.
Additionally, I have been a regular contributor for the Ask the Lawyer's column on intellectual property law for Lawyers.com; I am the author of both The California Biotech Law Blog and The Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog; and I am a frequent speaker on intellectual property and e-commerce issues. My media interviews and appearances include Dow Jones, CNN Radio, American Public Radio's Marketplace, The California Lawyer, IP360, and Sky Radio.
I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Furman University, and am a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law.
State Bar of California
State Bar of Georgia
Vanderbilt Law School
1995 - 1998
The Prinz Law Office
2004 - Present
Pennie & Edmonds LLP
IP Licensing Associate
2000 - 2003
Firm closed in Dec.2003
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
1999 - 2000
Mozley Finlayson & Loggins LLP
1998 - 1998
In my regular practice, I have a variety of billing packages that I make available to clients, including hourly fees, fixed fees, discounted block fees, and some new specialty packages I've designed to help cash-strapped entrepreneurs and businesses through the recession. I try to deliver fast service to all clients, and to be very responsive. Working with me is not like working with the average lawyer who you can never get on the telephone--I am always happy to speak with a past or current client.
My standard rates are listed above, but I do offer new Elance clients promotional offers. I am also happy to continue working with you after an initial project ends, as my ideal client is a long-term client.