Four Seasoned Intellectual Property Attorneys Join Ward and Smith, P.A.

Ward and Smith, P.A. is pleased to announce a newly expanded intellectual property practice with the addition of four experienced patent attorneys.  Bob Crouse, Shawna Lemon, Ph.D., Bob Meeks, and Liz Stanek join the firm from Myers Bigel, an intellectual property boutique in Raleigh.  They are the latest lateral attorneys to join Ward and Smith, a mid-size law firm with a statewide presence.  In 2016, the firm enjoyed continued growth in the Triangle, attracting lateral real estate, white collar defense and litigation, and trusts and estates attorneys.  The firm also expanded its executive leadership team during this most recent period of strategic growth.

"Our intellectual property and patent services deepened exponentially with the addition of Bob Crouse, Shawna Lemon, Bob Meeks, and Liz Stanek," said Ken Wooten, the firm's Co-Managing Director.  "We are aligned to provide comprehensive legal solutions and help our clients achieve their goals for the acquisition, commercialization, and protection of their intellectual property."

Angela Doughty, leader of the firm's intellectual property practice, continues, "Bob, Shawna, Bob, and Liz each bring a high caliber of technical knowledge to an already strong and well-established team of intellectual property attorneys and professionals."

Crouse focuses on patent protection in areas including semiconductor devices, biomedical devices, LED lighting, power devices and systems, consumer electronics, and "smart grid" systems.  He also has experience performing due diligence analyses, counseling clients in the acquisition of third party patents, and negotiating disputes over patent license agreements.  He has helped numerous clients develop a robust patent portfolio.  Crouse is responsible for the management of patent matters for a wide range of clients including one of the world's leading semiconductor and consumer electronics manufacturers.  He is listed in the 2015 and 2016 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property.  Crouse received his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Northeastern University.  He has been practicing patent law since 1997.

Lemon serves as outside patent counsel to pharmaceutical and biotechnology management teams and universities where she engages in the formulation and implementation of global patent strategies.  She assists clients with intellectual property due diligence, partnering negotiations, and trademark protection.  Shawna is listed in the 2015-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Biotechnology Law.  She has co-authored publications in scientific journals and is a frequent speaker on patent law topics.  Prior to her legal career, Lemon worked in pharmaceutical market development at Merck & Co.  She received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Pharmacology from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  She has been practicing patent law since 2001.

Meeks has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for electronic, telecommunications, software, semiconductor, and electromechanical inventions, with special emphasis on electric power technologies, such as data center power distribution, microgrid control, distributed generation, uninterruptible power supplies, electrical switchgear and motor controls.  His practice also includes patent prosecution support for licensing campaigns, counseling on infringement matters, and IP landscape analysis for new products and emerging companies.  Prior to his legal career, Meeks served as a senior design engineer with the Electronic Systems Group of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the area of design and integration of advanced controls for airborne radar and electro-optic systems.  He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law and his B.S. and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.  He has been practicing patent law since 1995. 

Stanek serves as outside patent counsel for companies as small as startups to world leaders in their field.  In addition to client counseling and portfolio management, Stanek focuses her practice on preparing, filing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications in the electrical arts including telecommunications, semiconductors, power devices, LEDs, medical devices, HVAC systems, microscope systems and design, “smart grid” related technology, imaging and software.  She received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from North Carolina State University.  She has been practicing patent law since 2000.

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