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Emily N. Sandhaus Associate

Emily Sandhaus works closely with clients to protect their intellectual property through patent prosecution, patent counseling, and general intellectual property counseling. Ms. Sandhaus’ educational background in the areas of physics, computer science, quantum optics, and biophysics provides a unique level of technical expertise when assisting companies in the electrical, computer, software, mechanical, and electro-mechanical arts.

Ms. Sandhaus has experience working with clients in a broad range of technology fields, including software-based inventions, semiconductors and manufacturing equipment, robotic and prosthetic devices, biomedical devices and instruments, digital health, electronic storage architectures, wearable technologies, MRI systems, machine learning technologies, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, server chassis design, and networking systems. In addition to prosecution and counseling, she has helped clients with patent portfolio management, claim construction, advice on international filings, patentability analysis, prior art searches, filing appeals to PTAB, office action responses, examiner interviews, and reviewing employee inventions.

Prior to joining Rothwell Figg, Ms. Sandhaus was an associate at a global full service law firm where she gained insight and experience in intellectual property law. Ms. Sandhaus attended Marshall Wythe Law School at The College of William & Mary and received her B.S. from Carnegie Melon University.

  • Handles all aspects of IP counseling for micro-entities and start-up clients. Advises clients on when to pursue IP protection, and how to select between trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secret.
  • Handles corrective procedural issues, including petitions under 37 CFR 1.48 to amend inventorship, Certificates of Correction after issuance, and petitions under 37 CFR 1.78 to correct priority information.
  • Assisted a leading Asia-based technology company in growing its patent portfolio by orders of magnitude. The company subsequently received recognition for being an international leader in innovation.
  • Worked closely with several universities to draft, file, and prosecute patents, including face-to-face meetings with professors and graduate students, and extensive discussions on prior art and the novelty of their research.
  • Led in-person patent mining sessions with a leading biomedical device company to help expand their patent protection to software-based inventions, sensor device systems, and integrated electro-mechanical devices.
  • Conducted IP clinics at universities and the European Innovation Academy to review and advise start-ups on intellectual property protection and general legal needs.
  • Successfully drafted and prosecuted Track One Applications to allowance under the USPTO Prioritized Patent Examination Program.
  • Designed and implemented an intellectual property invention management system for a technology non-profit organization.
Publications & Presentations

Webcast Presenter, "Talking to a Patent Lawyer," Ethics, Patents, and IP series for North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, GA (September 13, 2019). 

Presenter, "IP Protection through Patents and Trademarks," European Innovation Academy, Turin, Italy (July 23, 2019).

Co-Author, "Patent office issues new guidance on patentability of software patent applications,” Intellectual Property Alert (January 22, 2019).