Patent, Trademark, Technology Law


Passion. Experience. Diligence.



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Owner and Founder

Carissa Howard

Directly prior to starting my own practice, I was an associate at a major international law firm in Los Angeles for five years, wherein my practice focused on complex, multi-party federal court intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution and contract drafting. My patent litigation experience includes all litigation phases, including discovery and deposition practice, motion practice, including dispositive and discovery related motions, claim construction phase, expert phase, trial and pre-trial. I also have experience in intellectual property licensing and preparing due diligence, infringement, and validity opinions.

Some of my former clients include Bayer Corporation, Eastman Chemical, Bank of America, Genentech, First Data Corporation, TeleCheck Services, Deutsche Bank, City National Bank, Diamond Innovations, Pulmonox Technologies, and Advanced Bionics, now part of Boston Scientific.

Being licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office since 2002, I’ve written many patent applications for a diverse set of clients and technology, which includes consumer products, household products, chemicals, semiconductors, abrasives, refractory materials and applications, financial services and payments technology, networking and encryption technologies, e-commerce applications, financial transactions processing, information technology, inventory management systems, as well as medical devices, home medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and applications, including pulmonary therapies and antibody preparations.



Juris Doctor, 2003

B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2000

Activities & Affiliations

Dress for Success Pittsburgh, Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

• Pennsylvania (2003), California (not currently active), USPTO (2002)