"Karen provided valuable insight as my colleague and I pursued a patent (granted the same year) to be used for a DOD application. Her professionalism and expertise in the process was nothing short of excellent."
Karen TW Sutton has diverse experience as an intellectual property lawyer specializing in patents, trademark, design and copyright law. She started her career in Taiwan and Malaysia where her clients included multinational corporations such as Nestle and Unilever as well as more regional Asian companies during her years as an IP consultant to a big law firm. In the US, her focus is on providing practical advice to businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs as a rural-based patent attorney in the Mars-Adams Township-Cranberry Township southern corridor of Butler County, although her clients are located throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region, from Washington County all the way to Erie and to the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ohio, Virginia, and beyond. She started her virtual, modern law firm 20 years ago and has always relied on technology to help her deliver great service to clients regardless of location. Her experience and dedication to serving clients in the Butler region has earned much praise from her clients, whose rural locations have traditionally been under served, overlooked, and generally ignored.
Karen was a longtime contributor to legal publisher Butterworths (now owned by LexisNexis), and provided head noting services (summaries for leading legal decisions) in Malaysia. Today, she posts her thoughts regularly on LinkedIn, and on her blog commenting on the unique aspects of patent and trademark law as well as the practical side of business as a startup or as a small business owner.
Major US clients include Ibis Tek, Marshall Stamping Company, Bergad Inc., Forever Inc., Epps Global Solutions
State Bar of California, 1995
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1999
U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of California 2013
LL.B. University of Manitoba, Canada, 1995
B.A. Science, Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, 1992
American Bar Association
California State Bar Intellectual Property Group
Butler County Bar Association
Jim Retter is a highly sought after patent attorney, with a diverse background in business and law. In his long career he has served as Chief corporate counsel for an engineering and manufacturing company; Partner with Ware, Fressola, Van Der Sluys, and Adolphson; Technical consultant in ballistic protection systems for O’Gara, Hess & Eisenhardt; Senior computer scientist with Computer Sciences Corporation; Founder of Sort, Inc., a software development firm; VP—Engineering with Teledyne Walterboro; Nuclear research officer, US Air Force, serving in support of the US Atomic Energy Detection System; Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Connecticut, Stamford Branch; Adjunct Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Chapman College; and Technical consultant to ExLog. He is also a Private Pilot and an elected member of Sigma Pi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Mu Epsilon national honor societies. He received an Air Force Commendation Medal, and is an elected member of the American Physical Society. When he is not working, he enjoys hiking the Rocky Mountains.
Jim has prepared and successfully prosecuted numerous patent applications in wireless communications and other electrical and electronic arts, in software systems, and in the mechanical arts; several hundred in all. Major clients included Nokia, ITT, CiDRA, Pitney Bowes, Alcatel, and Otis Elevators.
Jim is not a member of attorney Sutton's firm, but he works with her from time to time on technical issues related to inventions for which Attorney Sutton is the attorney of record in seeking patent protection. All final submissions are prepared by attorney Sutton and filed by her firm from her office in Mars, PA.
State Bar of Connecticut, 2000
State Bar of Pennsylvania, 2007
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1997
B.A. Physics/B.A. Mathematics, Duke University, 1973
Ph.D. Physics, University of Connecticut, 1979
J.D. with honors, University of Connecticut, 2000
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