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Irina Sullivan
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Irina N. Sullivan
Associate

Chicago

One N. Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-8331

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Irina N. Sullivan
Associate

Chicago

One N. Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-8331

F 312-759-5646

Irina Sullivan devotes most of her time to managing patent portfolios for small and mid-size technology companies, including developing and executing effective patent prosecution strategies that directly support companies’ immediate and long-term business and innovation objectives.

Irina Sullivan devotes most of her time to managing patent portfolios for small and mid-size technology companies, including developing and executing effective patent prosecution strategies that directly support companies’ immediate and long-term business and innovation objectives.

OVERVIEW

Irina Sullivan devotes most of her time to managing patent portfolios for small and mid-size technology companies, including developing and executing effective patent prosecution strategies that directly support companies’ immediate and long-term business and innovation objectives.

Critical to Irina's work is her ability to build relationships with the individuals who are at the heart of every business’ patent portfolio building success, the engineers and scientists who identify challenges and devise technical solutions to overcome them. To that end, Irina collaborates with these technology leaders on creative ways to ensure regular and unimpeded flow of ideas in their roles within their companies.

In the course of her practice, Irina has prepared and prosecuted patent applications across a variety of areas, including telecommunications and networking, Internet of things (IoT), augmented reality environment implementations, computational and numerical methods and models, machine learning, encryption and identity verification solutions, speech recognition and natural language processing, antenna design, semiconductor fabrication methods, and embedded system design.

As an engineer-turned-patent attorney, Irina has been and remains deeply passionate about careers in STEM, particularly toward educating and encouraging girls and young women to move that direction. In addition to and in support of the advancement and professional growth of early- and mid-career women engineers, she speaks candidly about her journey to becoming a patent attorney in the hopes of inspiring and motivating women like her.

Before joining Barnes & Thornburg, Irina practiced at a bicoastal IP boutique law firm. Prior to law school, Irina amassed more than five years of engineering experience with General Motors Corporation as a service engineer conducting advanced serviceability planning for chassis subsystems and as a brand quality manager for hybrid and electric drive propulsion systems.

Professional and Community Involvement

Marketing committee member, Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP) 2020-2021

Member, Federal Bar Association 

Membership development chair, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Southeastern Michigan (SEM) Section 2018-2019

Vice chair, IEEE SEM Women in Engineering Affinity Group 2017-2018

Member, Society of Women Engineers

 

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