Monika is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. For more than 20 years she has represented businesses and individuals in intellectual property matters before the US Patent and Trademark Office and the US Copyright Office. While she is experienced in trademark and copyright law, she particularly enjoys helping innovators strategically value and globally protect their proprietary developments.
In her prosecution practice, she has obtained significant patents for clients, including patents relating to algal biotechnology, water purification, mining and natural gas equipment, military applications and in the polyethylene pipe welding industry. She has also represented clients in obtaining over 200 federal and foreign trademark registrations, including critical registrations for MedExpress Urgent Care, Alpha Natural Resources, Aplicare (now owned by Clorox), renewable Algal Energy and Fast Fusion. On the creative side, she has assisted photographers, authors, software developers and other individuals and businesses in obtaining copyright protection and registrations for their original works.
Monika couples her technical knowledge with significant experience strategizing with clients on effective business organization and transaction structure, including licensing arrangements, acquisitions and other business transactions. She has closed profitable business acquisitions, including several cookie companies, coal operations and internet start-ups, and other transactions including licensing of technology, venture capital investments and government contracts. Her varied experience makes her best suited for business transactions with significant intellectual property value.
Over her career Monika has represented clients in the coal and natural gas industries, defense contractors, medical equipment industry and bioenergy. She has also presented on a vast array of intellectual property topics throughout the state of West Virginia and the country, including presentations on intellectual property to the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, the TransTech Energy Conference and SBIR/STTR conferences and webinars.
In recent years, Monika has concentrated her practice in helping clients not only protect all of their intellectual property, but also effectively combat or work around the intellectual property of her clients’ competitors, who may aggressively assert infringement or misappropriation claims. In doing so, she draws on the lessons learned through her experience with past business conflicts, including roles the government and courts may have in such conflicts. While she prefers that business disputes be resolved quickly and to the benefit of her clients so that business may productively continue, she encourages and supports aggressive litigation when necessary.
As a side practice, Monika also works with clients on child adoption and surrogacy arrangements. Having over 15 years of experience with adoptions under West Virginia law, and with the formation of multiple surrogacy agreements, she brings knowledgeable and compassionate representation to all facets of the adoption and surrogacy process.
- Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
- Lafayette College (B.S., 1990)
- Electrical Engineering
- West Virginia
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
- Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Southern District of West Virginia
- Northern District of West Virginia
- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Distributions Committee Chair
- Kanawaha County Library, President of the Board of Directors
- Leadership West Virginia Class of 2001
- Peer Review Rated BV in Martindale-Hubbell 2001
- "Young Gun", selected by the publishers of West Virginia Executive 2003
- "Distinguished Young Alumna", Washington & Lee University
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Copyright, Patent and Trademark Law