Irina Sullivan brings unique value to her relationships with inventors and companies alike as she combines outstanding technical proficiency with keen legal knowledge. Irina’s real-world engineering experience gives her an insight into the everyday realities and pressures her clients face.
An electrical engineer with hands-on work experience, Irina focuses her practice on preparing and prosecuting patent applications for electrical hardware and software systems. This experience allows her to handle invention disclosures and provide support and guidance through virtually all stages of the application drafting and prosecution process.
In the course of her practice, Irina has prepared and prosecuted over 100 patent applications across a variety of areas, including digital signal processing, computational and numerical models, machine learning, encryption and identity verification methods, speech recognition and natural language processing, wireless and network communications, image processing, augmented reality environment implementations, Internet of things (IoT), antenna design, semiconductor fabrication methods, and embedded system design.
For various patent litigation matters, Irina conducts discovery and due diligence searches and performs legal research. Of critical value to smaller clients and individual inventors, Irina conducts prior art and state of the art searches.
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 working with advanced serviceability of design chassis and as a brand quality manager for advanced propulsion systems.
Irina is not regularly admitted to practice in the local courts of Illinois.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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