Vera has experience with a wide range of technologies, including mechanical systems, computer software, and medical devices, such as stents and ophthalmologic equipment. She often draws on her previous experience in the oilfield when interviewing inventors and preparing patent applications that relate to downhole tools. Vera worked on an offshore oilrig off the coast of Mexico and, for the majority of the time, was the only woman present on her rig.
Prior to attending law school, Vera worked domestically and internationally as a mechanical engineer performing property loss prevention evaluations. In this role, she visited a wide variety of locations and consulted with the local management of each. These locations included a cigarette production facility; a breast implant manufacturing facility; multiple foundries; water treatment plants; an alumina refinery; a gypsum board and corrugated paper manufacturing facility; an aircraft engine testing and maintenance facility; prisons; and a multi-billion dollar medical center.
EducationJ.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2012, SMU International Law Review Association, Staff Editor
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 2004, with honors
Significant AccomplishmentsManaging international patent portfolios.
Counseling clients on patent clearance issues regarding mechanical, 3-D printing, and medical device technologies.
Conducting patent due diligence in association with corporate mergers and deal structuring.
Defending HRsmart and its customers against GeoTag in a major patent infringement case in the Eastern District of Texas involving job locater technology against hundreds of defendants and successfully negotiated a settlement after months of litigation.
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