Merchant & Gould Promotes Five Attorneys to Partners  in Three Office Locations

January 1, 2019

Merchant & Gould promoted five attorneys in three of its offices around the country -- a great way to launch the New Year.  The promotions include Eric R. Chad, Mark L. Gleason and Anneliese S. Mayer in Minneapolis; Ryan J. Fletcher, Ph.D., in Denver; and Steven F. Owens in Knoxville.

“We are excited to expand our leadership and embrace Merchant & Gould’s growth in 2019.  These promotions bring greater depth to our practice groups in innovative industries across the country,” said Christopher J. Leonard, Managing Director of Merchant & Gould.

Eric Chad counsels clients on issues relating to privacy and data security, including the development and implementation of security and privacy policies and compliance with applicable privacy laws and regulations. He also practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on all forms of litigation and contested proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  He represents clients through all stages of complex intellectual property disputes from pre-filing investigations through post-trial briefing and appeal.  Eric has litigated cases involving a wide range of technologies, including HVAC equipment, sporting goods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, infection prevention, and lubrication technologies.

Mark Gleason focuses on general IP strategy and counseling and patent prosecution in the mechanical and electrical arts.  He has written and prosecuted patent applications associated with a wide range of computer and software technologies, including financial services, website layout and information analysis and display. Mark is experienced with electrical and mechanical technologies including printers, industrial instrumentation and controls, and power and hand tools, as well as semiconductor technologies including microprocessor architecture, memory devices, wafer processing and testing, and circuit layout.

Anneliese Mayer works in a wide range of technical areas, such as chemical, mechanical, biological, food science, and software and business methods.  Her litigation experience includes patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation.  Anneliese also has an agreement and patent prosecution practice and advises clients on overall IP strategy, best practices and education, freedom to operate, infringement and invalidity opinions, and due diligence and patent portfolio analyses for acquisitions and licensing opportunities. 

Ryan Fletcher, promoted to partner in Denver, has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, which brings a deep understanding of technology, a tireless attention to detail, and strong analytical thinking to his clients’ needs.  His patent litigation experience covers the technology spectrum and includes medical devices, pharmaceutical compositions and laboratory testing techniques, computer software, window hardware, and container technology. Ryan has also successfully represented clients in litigation over disputes arising from allegations of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair business practices, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of contract.       

Steven Owens, promoted to partner in Knoxville, focuses on patent prosecution and management. He counsels client companies of all sizes on their intellectual property rights and goals, including advising on the acquisition, defense, and licensing of their intellectual property. Steven has experience in patent and trademark litigation, including developing and implementing litigation strategies, preparing motions and pleadings, and coordinating discovery and e-discovery.

Congratulations to these five attorneys!