Merchant & Gould Hires Four Associates in Three Office Locations

October 11, 2018

Merchant & Gould is pleased to welcome four associates to three of its offices around the country.  The new hires span the last few months and include Christopher Tebow, Ph.D., in Minneapolis; Peter Selness in Minneapolis;  Roderick O’Dorisio in Denver; and Lauren Sherwood in Knoxville.

“More than ever, idea protection is becoming important to companies that are part of an inventive business culture,” said Christopher Leonard, CEO and managing director of Merchant & Gould.  “These four associates bring IP experience in growing industries, adding depth to our practice groups and helping our clients protect their brand names, logos, websites and inventions.  They are excellent additions to our growing firm and to our national reach.”

Christopher Tebow, Ph.D. joined Minneapolis’ Electrical & Software practice group, focusing on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. He is a former research engineer at 3M Company, where he provided optics expertise to teams developing optical film products for the LCD industry.  Chris earned his J.D. from Mitchell | Hamline School of Law in Minneapolis; his Ph.D. in optical science from University of Arizona; and his B.S. in physics from Bethel University in St. Paul.

Peter Selness joined Minneapolis’ Litigation practice group.  Already familiar with Merchant & Gould, he was a law clerk for the firm before joining as an associate.  He brings his experience in renewable energy and chemistry, as well as biotechnology.  Peter earned his J.D. from University of Minnesota, and his B.A. in chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minn.

Roderick O’Dorisio joined Denver’s Electrical and Software practice group.  He worked for Merchant & Gould as a clerk and patent agent throughout law school and brings experience in both patent prosecution and data privacy.  Roderick received a J.D and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Denver.

Lauren Sherwood joined Knoxville’s Electrical and Software practice group.  Previously a remote patent agent with Turk IP Law, based in Mount Pleasant, S.C., she brings her experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a wide range of technology areas, including computer networking, computer hardware and software systems, communications, biotechnology, materials science and medical devices. Lauren earned her J.D. from University of Tennessee, and her B.S. in biochemistry and B.A. in anthropology from University of Florida.