Heather Mueller has over 15 years of experience in developing and optimizing patent portfolios. She specializes in patent strategy, licensing, drafting patent related agreements, patent analysis (including opinion letters), product clearance, patent searching, patent prosecution and IP due diligence. Currently, her primary technical areas include circuit design, medical devices, software, solar energy systems and toys. Heather regularly visits the Silicon Valley to meet with her many clients in that area.
Prior to founding The Mueller Law Office, Heather was Associate Chief IP Counsel at Siemens Corporation where she handled complex IP issues and managed patent attorneys and staff in the Siemens' West Coast Office. She obtained broad legal experience including leading patent license negotiations, being a key member of license negotiation teams for major patent cross-licenses, handling third party allegations, handling due diligences for both acquisitions and venture capital investment, drafting various technology and patent related agreements, and overseeing patent portfolios and patent prosecution. Her primary technical areas included telecommunications, semiconductor devices, medical systems and software.
Heather began her legal career at Townsend and Townsend and Crew as a member of the Electrical and Electronics Patent Prosecution Group, where she specialized in drafting patent applications and other patent related documents. She also participated in patent license negotiations and wrote patent opinion letters.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Management (Cum Laude) from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Heather is a member of the California State Bar and registered to practice with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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|Principal and Founder||The Mueller Law Office||2006 - Present|
|Associate Chief IP Counsel||Siemens Corporation||1996 - 2006|
|Associate||TOWNSEND and TOWNSEND and CREW LLP||1994 - 1996|
|Summer Intern||TOWNSEND and TOWNSEND and CREW LLP||1993 - 1993|
|Patent Intern||Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC||1992 - 1993|
|University of Michigan Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Kettering University||Electrical Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||1991|