Umberg/Zipser Welcomes Jason Tejani to Further Strengthen IP Practice

Jason Tejani

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z) is pleased to announce that attorney Jason Tejani has joined the firm.

Jason Tejani concentrates his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property (IP) transactional matters. In addition to his law degree, Tejani holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Oakland University, and a Bachelor’s Degree (dual degree) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Michigan State University, giving him an in-depth understanding of the sciences.

Tejani prepares and prosecutes patent applications, manages domestic and global patent portfolios, structures license and royalty agreements, and advises clients strategically, helping them to achieve their unique business goals. He has vast experience across various industries, including chemical, life sciences, material, semiconductor, healthcare, automotive and aerospace, and guides organizations to responsibly utilize resources in the pursuit of meaningful IP protection. He also has experience in managing disputes relating to joint development relationships, IP ownership, and inventorship.

Jason is recognized as a thought leader in the IP space and is regularly invited to speak for leading entities such as Harvard Medical School. He is a creative problem solver who believes that understanding the client and the nature of their business is the foundation of any lasting relationship.

“We are pleased to continue the growth of our firm with the addition of Jason. His intellectual property law experience combined with a strong biology and chemical background make him a perfect complement to our IP team,” said co-founding partner, Dean Zipser.

Umberg/Zipser Continues to Grow IP Group with Addition of Mark Finkelstein and Priti Phukan

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) is pleased to announce that partner Mark Finkelstein and associate Priti Phukan, Ph.D. have joined the firm. The addition of Mark and Priti further strengthens the firm’s full-service Intellectual Property Practice Group, and dedicated to identifying, procuring, shepherding, and defending our clients’ intellectual property rights.

Mark Finkelstein has more than 23 years of intellectual property and complex litigation experience in some of the nation’s largest firms. He advises clients on matters involving patent, copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement, as well as misuse of trade secrets, unfair competition, and other commercial disputes. Mark is the immediate Past President of Orange County’s Association of Business Trial Lawyers and has significant first-chair trial experience in both state and federal courts, and has argued before the Federal and Ninth Circuits.

Priti Phukan concentrates her practice on patent and trademark prosecution across various technology industries, including chemistry, life sciences, diagnostics, medical devices, and mechanical engineering. Priti began her career as a chemist and molecular biologist and then ultimately made the choice to start her career in patent law in 2012.

“We are excited to strategically grow our IP practice and continue to offer our clients the highest caliber of legal services. I have known Mark for many years.  He is an exceptional lawyer with extensive IP litigation and trial experience. His IP focus and tireless commitment to community involvement makes him a perfect fit,” said co-founding partner, Dean Zipser.

“Priti brings a unique background that includes a blend of bioscience expertise and legal skills. We are thrilled to bring the value of this combination of experience to our clients. She is a fantastic addition to the Umberg/Zipser team,” added IP partner, Mei Tsang.

Mark commented, “I am delighted to join the talented team at Umberg/Zipser and to offer increased flexibility in the delivery of legal services to my clients. I have known and had the pleasure of working with many of the firm’s lawyers in various capacities over the years and greatly admire and respect the way they approach solving clients’ business issues.”

Priti also commented, “It is an honor to join U/Z. I am delighted to be working with such a talented legal team with deep ties to the Orange County legal, business and technology communities.”

About Umberg/Zipser LLP

Umberg/Zipser is a premier business litigation and intellectual property boutique.  Drawing on its lawyers’ many decades of experience in some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms, as well as national and state government service, Umberg/Zipser provides clients with unparalleled legal services. Named one of the Daily Journal’s Top Boutique Firms, Umberg/Zipser is a go-to firm for litigation and intellectual property in Orange County and around the state.

Super Lawyers Selects Three Umberg/Zipser Attorneys

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce that three of its partners have again been included in the 2018 Super Lawyers list for Southern California.

Every year Super Lawyers identifies the top five percent of attorneys in each state or region, as chosen by their peers and through independent research to receive this honor. The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The following Umberg/Zipser attorneys have been included in the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list:

  • Scott B. Garner – Professional Liability: Defense, Intellectual Property Litigation, Business Litigation
    • Selected annually since 2015
    • Also listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2004 – 2006
  • Mei Tsang – Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Selected annually since 2017
  • Dean J. Zipser – Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Selected annually since 2005

About Umberg Zipser

Umberg/Zipser is a premier business litigation and intellectual property boutique.  Drawing on decades of experience in some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms, as well as national and state government service, Umberg/Zipser provides clients with unparalleled legal services.  Named one of the Daily Journal’s Top Boutique Firms, Umberg/Zipser is a go-to firm for litigation and intellectual property in Orange County and around the state.

Umberg/Zipser Again Named to 2018 Orange County Best Law Firms List

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked Tier One in the “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for the Orange County metropolitan area.  The firm has received this recognition each year since it was formed. The ranking showcases top firms recognized by clients and peers for delivering professional excellence and for high quality ratings. The rankings indicate a unique combination of quality in practice and legal expertise. In 2018, the firm received three Tier One rankings in Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation. The firm also was recognized for its excellence in Banking & Finance Litigation.  

“We are honored to be listed again as one of the Best Law Firms in Orange County. The recognition from our clients and peers is affirmation of the trusted advisor role our team endeavors to provide for our valued clients every day,” said co-founding partner Dean Zipser. 

One Umberg/Zipser client commented, “I have worked closely with the team from Umberg/Zipser on a variety of complex and politically sensitive cases for almost a decade. I find all the attorneys to be extremely knowledgeable, professional, competent, and responsive. Umberg Zipser’s ability to be flexible while producing first class results makes them an absolute pleasure to work with on matters which might otherwise be unpleasant. The knowledge and experience of the team gives me great confidence in their ability to handle anything I send.”

Another Umberg/Zipser client commented on the firm’s “responsiveness, keen insight, unwavering courtesy, candor, unassailable honesty, and unimpeachable integrity,” also stating, “I would not hesitate for one moment to retain Umberg/Zipser and any of its attorneys.”

In addition to the 2018 Best Law Firms ranking, partners Carole Reagan, Thomas Umberg and Dean Zipser were once again been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018; Reagan in the field of “Litigation – Intellectual Property”; Umberg for “Commercial Litigation”; and Zipser for “Bet-the-Company Litigation,” “Commercial Litigation,” “Litigation – Banking and Finance,” “Litigation – Intellectual Property,” and “Litigation – Real Estate.” Reagan has been on the Best Lawyers® list from 2008 and both Umberg and Zipser since 2008.  In addition,  Zipser was recently honored in 2017 as the “Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of Year” for Orange County, and previously was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 “Orange County Lawyer of the Year” in the “Bet-the-Company Litigation” category.

Ryan Dean in OCBJ: “How to Protect Your IP When You Want to Manufacture in China”

Partner Ryan Dean published an article in the Orange County Business Journal’s Innovator the Year Awards issue on August 14, 2017: “How to Protect Your IP When You Want to Manufacture in China.”

Click here to view the article.  

Dean Zipser Provides Commentary in OCBJ Article on the Evolving Business Models of Patent Enforcement Companies

The Orange County Business Journal recently asked a few experts in intellectual property law about the changing landscape for patent enforcement firms.  In the article, Dean Zipser commented on the recent changes in the law, noting that “IP litigation and patent litigation never go out of vogue. It continues to be a big source of litigated matters.”  Click here to read the Orange County Business Journal article.  

Mei Tsang Presents in B2C eCommerce Workshop

Umberg/Zipser partner Mei Tsang participated at the B2C eCommerce Workshop hosted by U.S. Commercial Service of Orange County and the Women in International Trade on Reach Global Customers Through E-Commerce on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California.

Mei presented alongside speakers from Earth Friendly Products, Jordana Cosmetics, iGlobal Stores and as well as James Bledsoe, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service eCommerce Innovation Lab and China marketing expert Ann Bierbower.  The workshop focused on selling direct to global consumers through eCommerce, featuring different online sales options, marketing and mechanics as well as the logistics needed to support eCommerce sales.

Mei has an international intellectual property practice focused on helping clients formulate their IP strategy, and shepherding their IP through various business cycles to achieve their business goals worldwide.  Mei has substantial experience in patent and trademark portfolio development, and in all aspects of IP enforcement, including negotiation, licensing, and litigation at various courts at the federal, state, and administrative levels.  Her clients also depend on her multicultural background and language abilities (Mandarin and Cantonese) to help them expand and navigate their IP strategy worldwide.

Umberg/Zipser Adds Four and Strengthens Intellectual Property Practice

We are pleased to announce that Mei Tsang, Ryan Dean, Martin Fessenmaier, Ph.D, and Minyoung Shin, Ph.D. have joined the firm. Mei, Ryan, Martin and Minyoung all have deep experience with patent and trademark prosecution and licensing, both domestically and internationally, and will strengthen the firm’s Intellectual Property practice and help meet our clients’ needs to identify, procure, shepherd and defend their IP rights.

Mei and Ryan work with companies of all sizes – from small businesses to Fortune 500 institutions — both domestically and internationally.  Mei has an international practice focused on helping clients formulate their IP strategy, developing various IP assets, and shepherding their IP through various business cycles to achieve their business goals worldwide.  Ryan’s practice focuses in the areas of mechanical and aerospace engineering, process engineering, household and consumer products, medical devices, and fluid conditioning systems.  Both Mei and Ryan also have substantial experience with licensing, defense and enforcement of both patents and trademarks, including at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in Federal Court. 

Martin is a senior patent agent with almost two decades of experience in domestic and international patent prosecution, working with clients in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, bioinformatics, medical devices, pharmaceutical chemistry, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical engineering, and general mechanical arts.  In addition to preparing and prosecuting U.S., PCT, and foreign patent applications, Martin provides clients with patent portfolio analysis and IP strategy to ensure clients have and will obtain patent coverage that is relevant to their businesses.

Minyoung focuses her practice on trademark and patent prosecutions across various industries including pharmaceutical science, nutraceutical chemistry, biomedical devices, and chemical engineering.

Mei, Ryan, Martin, and Minyoung are all actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Orange County Bar Association, and the International Trademark Association, among others.  They share the firm’s core values –  teamwork, integrity, professionalism, and creativity – and our passion for helping our clients and the community. We are thrilled they have joined the Umberg/Zipser team. 

To see the firm’s press release announcing Mei’s and Ryan’s arrival, click here.