MEET MACCORD MASON’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEYS

Ed W. Rilee

Of Counsel
Ceramic Engineering B.S. and Materials Engineering M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University B.S., Akron School of Law, J.D.
Mr. Rilee works with individual inventors and both small and large companies in such diverse fields as ceramic fibers and fiber/metal composites, metallurgy, textiles, instrumentation and process controls, medical devices, computers and business method software. He

assists inventors with the preparation of invention disclosures and patentability studies and opinions. He prepares and files U.S. patent applications, amendments and appeal briefs. His work also includes infringement studies and opinions, validity studies and opinions and litigation support.

Art MacCord

Partner
Physics B.S., University of Virginia, George Washington University, J.D.
Art MacCord has practiced as a patent attorney since 1978 and is a partner of MacCord Mason.  Mr. MacCord advises clients that intellectual properties are business assets, so their value and the legal services associated with them should take a business-like approach. He advises clients on their options and assists them to aim for the most profitable outcome, whether by licensing or otherwise.

He prepares applications and prosecutes them through the Patent and Trademark Office to obtain patents and trademarks, managing existing portfolios of them, advising clients on validity and infringement questions and negotiating and administering specific licenses. He has also assisted where necessary, litigation of intellectual property matters.  He has served as an expert witness on patent matters in numerous cases.  He has experience in fields of website and internet-related businesses, building materials products, carpet technology, textiles, furniture, lighting equipment, computer software, environmental protection equipment, medical devices, motor vehicle improvements, safety equipment, point-of-sale displays, agricultural implements, gasoline dispensers, sports equipment, and various mechanical and electromechanical devices.  He also has experience in domain name disputes and trademark matters including screening new marks for availability, obtaining and maintaining registrations,  and trademark controversies.

James L. Lester

Partner
Civil Engineering B.S., MIT,
JD Duke University, J.D.
Jim Lester heads MacCord Mason’s litigation, mediation, and dispute resolution practice. Jim is a patent lawyer with 40 years of experience helping clients with technology-related disputes in fields as diverse as software, construction, textiles, recreational watercraft, industrial

sortation, aviation, lasers, furniture, medical imaging and quantum computers. Jim clients range from Fortune 50 companies to small businesses to individual inventors.

Jason Condrasky

Partner
Biosystems Engineering B.S. with Legal Studies minor, Clemson University,
Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property at theUniversity of New Hampshire, J.D.
Jason Condrasky is an Intellectual Property attorney with expertise in many aspects of securing and enforcing intellectual property rights.  Jason is heavily involved with patent, trademark, copyright, and contract matters, including securing IP protection, identifying and

resolving IP disputes, and counseling on IP strategy, infringement, invalidity, freedom-to-operate, and due diligence.  With clients ranging from industry leaders to start-ups, Mr. Condrasky’s technical experience spans a variety of mechanical, life sciences, software, textile, and biosystems industries.

Kelly Robinson

PartnerBiology
B.S., University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Master of Arts in Science Education, Wake Forest University, Master of Science in Biology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Elon University School of Law, J.D.
Kelly Robinson is a client-focused Intellectual Property attorney whose practice is results oriented toward seeking, maintaining, and protecting client’s intellectual property rights. She has over 10 years of experience counseling clients in every area of intellectual property,

including transactional matters, licensure, and litigation defense and enforcement. Kelly assists clients in various fields to develop and protect their intellectual property portfolio, ranging from software, textiles, biotechnology, and electronics to chemical and educational advancements, mechanical devices, and innovation in the apparel and furniture industry. Communication with clients is important to Kelly to understand client goals, manage costs, and help the client plan, understand and make educated decisions regarding their intellectual property portfolio.

Carla Gannon

Of Counsel
Microbiology B.S., California State University at Long Beach, Golden Gate University of Law, J.D.
Ms. Gannon’s background includes five years of pharmaceutical research on antimicrobials, and five years as a solo Intellectual Property law practitioner. This experience provides her with unique insight into the challenges associated with turning ideas into viable products and with successfully operating a business.

Clients counseled by Ms. Gannon range from first-time “garage inventors” to multi-million dollar corporations with substantial intellectual property portfolios. The technologies she has handled are likewise varied, including medical devices, biologicals, construction materials, textiles, alternative power systems, and various chemical compositions. Her practice focuses on patent-related services including patentability opinions, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, validity and infringement opinions, drafting agreements, and the enforcement of patent rights.

Ms. Gannon received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from California State University at Long Beach in 1995. She graduated from the Golden Gate University of Law in San Francisco, California in 2002. She is licensed to practice law