As a patent attorney, Julie knows that a narrow focus on the U.S. can hurt inventors in an increasingly global economy. She focuses on strategy and patent applications for best practices around the world, using deliberately-chosen and persuasive language to create strong global patent portfolios for her clients.Julie is a shareholder in the Minneapolis office of Merchant & Gould who practices intellectual property law with a focus on patents. She has written and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications, and she is experienced in conducting invalidity investigations, infringement studies, non-infringement design-around counseling, and competitive patent portfolio analyses. Julie has prosecuted inter-partes and ex-parte reexaminations and patent reissues, and she has coordinated foreign patent oppositions on behalf of both the patent holder and the opposer.While in law school, Julie was a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., gaining meaningful experience as a student that she uses in her practice in order to navigate the inner workings of the PTO.At Merchant & Gould, Julie serves as the corporate secretary and chairs the firm’s benefits committee. She represents children pro bono through the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota. Julie is an avid baseball fan, and enjoys non-fiction reading and running in her spare time.