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I came late in life to the law; I graduated from college (Smith) in 1978 and from law school (Franklin Pierce) in 2003. In the intervening years, I went to graduate school (Rensselaer Polytechic Institute) and spent a long time as a technical writer and editor, working for large industries, small startups, consulting groups and even a scientific and technical post-graduate-level publisher.
I now concentrate my law practice in intellectual property and business law. I am a patent attorney registered in the US, so I handle patent prosecution work; I also handle trademark and copyright prosecution, IP negotiations, tech transfer, licensing and franchising work. On the business side, I work with forming business entities and with developing contracts of many types, including terms-of-service agreements and agreements to form and govern strategic alliances.
In 2009, I was honored to receive the Kurt Clobridge Memorial Award for Pro Bono Service from The Legal Project of the Capital District Women's Bar Association. This award is given annually to an attorney "...who embodies the spirit of pro bono volunteerism and selflessness that Kurt Clobridge, an active participant in The Legal Project's programs, exemplified during his life."
In my spare(?) time, I enjoy reading (yes, I read John Grisham novels), walking, swimming (I worked my way through college as a NYState lifeguard), and movies, among many other things. I do watch television -- collapsing for an hour in front of the tube is good stress relief for me.
My daughter is an aspiring writer and singer.
I have nine cats; one, a Russian blue female named Jasmine, is the matriarch of the group; Jazzy keeps everyone else well in line. Simon, an enormous tiger-striped male, is Mr. Mom to all the other cats. Gus is 20 pounds of sleek, black, muscled marshmallow. Motley is the messenger; he tells me when there is anything amiss in the cats' world. Hairy is the bottom of the totem pole, a submissive little miss who relies on her human to defend her. Lexie is the anomaly; she is her father's sister and has some interesting anatomical oddities to show for it. Furby is just a sweet boy who sits beside me and holds my hand in a very dignified manner. Linus is the class clown, and Lucy, the smallest physically among them, rules them all with an iron paw. They keep me well entertained.
Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)
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Nancy Delain is an excellent Intellectual Property attorney. She is extremely knowledgeable about the subject area. She has tremendous insight and is truly an asset to her clients and the profession. I highly recommend Nancy Delain.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Kurt Clobridge Memorial Award for Pro Bono Service||The Legal Project/Capital District Women's Bar Ass'n||2009|
|Registered Patent Attorney||Delain Law Office, PLLC||2005 - Present|
|Managing Member||Delain Law Office, PLLC||2004 - Present|
|Technical Writer/Editor||Rational Software||2000 - 2001|
|Technical Writer/Editor||Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)||1998 - 2000|
|Technical Writer/Editor||Self-Employed||1990 - 1998|
|Senior Instructor||Benchmark/Newkirk Products||1989 - 1990|
|Contract Technical Writer||3M||1986 - 1988|
|Technical Writer/Editor||Self-Employed||1984 - 1986|
|Assoc. Editor for Computer Science||Springer-Verlag NY, Inc.||1982 - 1984|
|Associate for Research||Rockefeller University||1978 - 1980|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Toastmasters International||Member||2008 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Saratoga County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Eastern NY Intellectual Property Law Association||President||2007 - 2008|
|Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association||Vice President||2006 - 2007|
|Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association||Secretary||2005 - 2006|
|Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association||Treasurer||2005 - 2006|
|Agricultural Machine||Patent 7,757,980 issued|
|Profitable Speech, LLC||Trademark reg. #3478646 issued.|
|Fish tank powerhead magnetic holder||Patent 7,232,519 issued.|
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|Les Nouvelles (Licensing Executives Society)||The Intellectual Property Audit||2003|
|Franklin Pierce Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Technical Writing||M.S||1981|
|Smith College||Biological Sciences (Zoology & Cell/Molecular Biology)||A.B||1978|
|Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School||N/A||Regents High School Diploma||1974|
|Entrepreneurship Bootcamp||Panel Discussion: Law (Intellectual Property)||2016|
|Class for small business owners; regular engagement||Intellectual property for small businesses||2016|
|Business Basics class: regular engagement||Business Law||2016|
|NBI's Legal Writing for Maximum Impact||(1) The PAWS Method; and (2) Strategic Legal Memo Writing||2009|
|eWomen Accelerated Networking Meeting||Protect the Creative Product of YOUR Mind||2009|
|September 2007 eWomenNetwork meeting||Intellectual Property for Business Owners||2007|
|October 2005 Chapter Meeting: American Society for Quality||Patent law||2005|
|International Technical Communication Conference||Intellectual Property for Technical Writers||2001|
|FORUM 85||Editing for Non-Native Writers||1985|