CLG provides the real-world experience and creativity that comes from the collaboration of lawyers from diverse technical backgrounds and legal expertise. We also understand commercial necessities, and our goal is to be constructive, not obstructive. Our combined approach allows us to customize strategies that best fit our individual clients’ needs.
Rick Batt is a partner of Convergent Law Group LLP with more than 15 years’ experience in patent law. Rick’s practice includes patent strategy, patent preparation and prosecution, product clearance and competitor landscape analysis, and due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions and funding events. Rick also provides legal services in connection with technology licensing and commercial sales agreements.
Rick has work experience as outside counsel and in-house counsel. Rick has held executive and senior level positions at ArthroCare Corporation (acquired by Smith & Nephew) and Broncus Technologies, Inc. Rick also worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Rick has technical experience in a wide range of technologies with particular expertise in the mechanical arts, medical devices and diagnostics, navigation and imaging, and related software. Additionally, prior to commencing his legal career, Rick was a senior development engineer at Biosite Diagnostics, a medical diagnostic company. Rick holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering both from the University of California at San Diego. Rick is a member of the California Bar and a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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Sally Brashears is a Founding Partner of CLG and has over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law, primarily in the fields of biotechnology, genomics and bio-pharmacology. Sally has extensive patent prosecution experience in addition to post-grant procedures, conducting and drafting patent validity, freedom to operate and infringement opinions, conducting IP due diligence reviews, and monitoring competitor portfolios. She also has extensive transactional experience.
Sally graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska College of Law where she served as the Editor-in-chief of the Nebraska Law Review, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Western State College. Before joining CLG, she served as the acting General Manager and Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs at Antara Biosciences, a start-up company developing in vitro diagnostics; Vice President of Legal Affairs at Benitec, Inc., a publicly-held company involved in developing RNAi-based therapeutics; Director of Intellectual Property at Perlegen Sciences, Inc., a genomics company; Senior Division Counsel at Applied Materials, Inc., a company that develops equipment for the semiconductor and flat panel display industries; and Director of Intellectual Property at Clontech Laboratories, Inc., a biotech research reagent company. In addition to her in-house experience, Sally was Of Counsel to Patterson & Sheridan LLP, an IP boutique firm, and was an associate attorney with Fulbright & Jaworski, a multi-national firm.
Sally is a member of the Texas Bar and a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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Dianna DeVore is a partner of Convergent Law Group, LLP. Dianna’s experience includes patent portfolio development, post-grant proceedings, and transactional work in support of product development in the life sciences. Dianna has developed and implemented product protection strategies for various technologies within the life sciences, including diagnostic devices and methods, monoclonal antibody discovery and use, devices for delivery of therapeutics, cell-based therapies, and genomics platforms.
From 2010 through March 2015, Dianna was Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs at Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. a company providing non-invasive prenatal testing services for assessing the risk of various fetal chromosomal aneuploidies. Dianna has served as inside counsel for various companies including VP of property at Complete Genomics, Senior Counsel at Cambridge Antibody Technology (a wholly-owned subsidiary of AstraZeneca) and Associate Director of Patents at Elan Pharmaceuticals. In 2002, Dianna co-founded the Australian Stem Cell Centre (ASCC) in Melbourne, Australia, the first Australian Biotechnology Centre of Excellence, where she was Chief Operating Officer and VP, Cardiac Development.
Dianna holds a B.A. in Biology and Art History from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. in Genetics from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She is a member of the California State Bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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Gregory Kim has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate and securities attorney representing emerging growth companies and public companies in private and public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, SEC filings and reports, venture capital, joint ventures, business formations, and licensing and other technology transactions. Prior to joining CLG, Greg was a partner at Virtual Law Partners LLP. Before joining CLG, in 2004, Greg founded Vantage Counsel LLC, one of the first virtual law firms, and before that was a partner with Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel in Honolulu Hawaii, where he practiced for 16 years.
Greg began his private practice in 1988 as a corporate lawyer with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop). Prior to joining Pillsbury, Greg received a one-year appointment as law clerk for the Honorable Herbert Y. C. Choy, Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals.
Greg is committed to community service. Greg is a founding board member of HiBEAM, an accelerator program for emerging technology companies, and served as a founding director of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii. Greg serves on the advisory boards of the University of Hawaii Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) and Chaminade University Hogan School of Business, is an entrepreneurship-in-residence at Punahou School, a professional-in-residence at PACE, and teaches an entrepreneurship and small business clinic at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law. Greg also served as an adjunct professor at Chaminade University, teaching entrepreneurship in the Hogan program. Greg served as the Chair of the Business Law Section of the Hawaii Bar, and is the principal draftsperson of the Hawaii Business Corporation Act. Greg is also the founder of Business Law Corps, a legal nonprofit focused on helping deserving entrepreneurs with pro bono corporate and business law services.
Greg received a BS in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Yale University in 1979 and earned his JD/MBA at the U.C. Berkeley, in 1983. Greg is recognized as a leading corporate attorney by Best Lawyers of America and Chambers USA.
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Janyce Mitchell is a founding partner of Convergent Law Group LLP with over 15 years of intellectual property experience in patent prosecution, strategic IP planning, trademark, copyright, licensing, and validity and infringement opinion letters. Janyce has prosecuted patents in the fields of magnetic recording technologies, optics, computer software and hardware, computer architecture, computer networking, relational databases, digital and on-line photography and image processing, semiconductor devices and processing, nanotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical devices.
Prior to becoming a Founding Partner Convergent Law Group, Janyce was a partner at Virtual Law Partners LLP, a shareholder with Strategic Patent Group of Mountain View, California and a partner with Sawyer Law Group, LLP of Palo Alto, California for over five years. She was also an associate attorney with Sawyer Law Group, LLP.
Janyce received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1996, a Candidate for Doctor in Philosophy in Physics and a Masters of Science in Physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1992 and 1990, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Stanford University in 1989. Janyce has also published in the field of magnetic recording materials. Janyce is a member of the state bars of California and Hawaii and is admitted to the patent bar.
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Geoffrey Mukae has been practicing law for 18 years as a corporate and transactional attorney. He began his practice in New York City, followed by several years in Silicon Valley and 5 years in Tokyo. Since 2006, Geoff has been practicing in Hawaii and California on a variety of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital financing, real estate and other commercial transactions.
Geoff received a B.A. in economics from U.C. Berkeley in 1993 and a J.D. from Columbia University in 1998.
Prior Work Experience
• Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Honolulu, Hawaii
• Carlsmith Ball LLP, Honolulu, Hawaii
• O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Tokyo, Japan
• Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA
• Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells LLP, New York, NY
• California, Hawaii and New York State Bars
• American Bar Association
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Sharon Webb, a founding partner of Convergent Law Group LLP, focuses on business-related patent law, especially investor-side diligence and company-side portfolio development, patent prosecution, and technology transfer. With almost twenty years of experience in patent law, Sharon has leveraged her previous career as an academic surgeon to work with life sciences companies, medical devices companies, and their investors. Sharon has technical expertise in the biomedical arts, and in pharmaceuticals and polymer chemistry.
Along with her work with clients at Convergent, she serves as Vice President (Intellectual Property) for Soane Labs LLC and its affiliates, a family of venture-backed polymer chemistry companies in Cambridge MA.
Before joining Convergent, she was a partner at Virtual Law Partners LLP, and before that, a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. She is also board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, having served a general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, a plastic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and a microvascular surgery fellowship at MGH. While practicing surgery, she held teaching positions at Harvard, Tufts, and Penn. Her research during medical school and at MGH involved microvascular fluid dynamics and flow measurement technologies.
Besides a J.D. from Harvard Law School, Sharon holds a Ph.D. from Yale, a M.D. from Duke, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Massachusetts, California, and Hawaii bars, and is a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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