Liza J. M. Heinig, Partner

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Liza J. M. Heinig, Partner
216.621.2234, Ext. 127

Practice Areas
Patent preparation and prosecution, patent appeals, infringement and validity opinions, and patentability searching in mechanical, electrical, business method, and electronic technologies.

Mrs. Heinig’s practice focuses on intellectual property issues in the mechanical and related arts.  She works closely with clients to develop, manage, and carry out patent and non-patent strategies to protect and leverage the value of their intellectual property.  Mrs. Heinig has prepared and prosecuted numerous U.S. and foreign patent applications in technologies including heavy equipment and work machines, sporting goods, biomechanical devices, surgical techniques and tools, household products, automotive components, manufacturing processes and equipment, and communication devices.  She also has experience working with patentability searching and analysis, patent appeals, infringement and validity opinions, and intellectual property due diligence projects.

Mrs. Heinig has wide-ranging experience--both as a working engineer and in the patent field--with a variety of traditional mechanical engineering concepts.  These technologies include fluid handling, mechanical linkages, mechanical power transmission, manufacturing systems, and materials.  However, Mrs. Heinig is a well-rounded and experienced business partner for her clients, bringing to bear a variety of skills in other engineering and science technologies, along with extensive work in branding and commercialization, business development, and patent portfolio management.

Mrs. Heinig enjoys working with inventors to develop and achieve the best possible protection for their ideas.  She considers client communication and inventor education to be significantly interesting and rewarding aspects of her practice.  Mrs. Heinig thus has become an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she supervises students in the Intellectual Property Venture Clinic.  CWRU law students in the IPVC provide pro bono business development and IP legal services, including patentability and preparation/prosecution work, for community entrepreneurs, startups, and other ventures.

•    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1999
•    J.D., The George Washington University School of Law, 2005

Bar Admissions:
•    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2000
•    State of Ohio, 2005
•    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2006

Professional Affiliations:
•    Case Western Reserve University School of Law - Adjunct Professor
•    Registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia
•    American Intellectual Property Law Association
•    Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association
•    Ohio State Bar Association
•    Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity - John Marshall (Honors) Inn
•    American Society of Mechanical Engineers