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Cantor Colburn Ends Year with New Hires - Patent Attorneys with Degrees in Biology, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

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December 04, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP announces the addition of attorneys Susan M. Zerull and Samuel R. Charara to its patent practice, the 4th largest in the country. Ms. Zerull, who was in-house at The Dow Chemical Company for more than 20 years, and Mr. Charara are based in the firm's Troy, MIhcigan office.  Also joining the firm are Christopher J. Cillié and Alexander Viderman in its Hartford office, and Ishir Mehta in its Atlanta office. Collectively, they will assist clients across a wide range of sophisticated technologies, as reflected by their diverse backgrounds in biology,  chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Susan Zerull joins Cantor Colburn after 25 years as in-house counsel at The Dow Chemical Company, Imation, and 3M. Her practice concentrates on patent procurement, developing intellectual property strategies, and complex intellectual property transactions. She brings a pragmatic, business-focused, and global view to her practice. Ms. Zerull’s technical areas of expertise include polymers, electronic materials and devices, photovoltaics, solar modules, small molecules, chemical formulations, chemical processes, and pharmaceuticals. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law.

Samuel Charara is a patent attorney with experience in preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications in biotechnology, biomechanical assist devices, mechanical, autonomous driving and computer science. He also has experience in patentability and infringement opinions. He has a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan, and attended the Saba University School of Medicine for Advanced Medical Studies for two years after. He has a JD from Wayne State University, where he was the Provost Scholar, awarded for high academic achievement, and recipient of the W.D. Traitel Scholarship, awarded for high academic credentials. He also earned a Bronze Key Certificate for High Academic Achievement in law school.  He is a board member of the Wayne State Intellectual Property Association.

Christopher Cillié concentrates his practice in patent application preparation, U.S. and foreign patent application prosecution, and trademark application preparation and prosecution. Mr. Cillié's focus is in the mechanical arts and has considerable experience in microelectronics, particularly microlithography, as well as with aerospace technologies. Prior to his legal career, he worked for Intel as a lithographic process engineer, and for Sikorsky Aircraft as a configuration management engineer. He also spent more than four years on active duty with the U.S. Army as a Signal Officer. Mr. Cillié has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Colorado, and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Ishir Mehta concentrates his practice on drafting and prosecuting patents for mechanical and electrical innovations. In particular, he has experience with patent issues relating to e-commerce, wireless energy transfer devices, software, semiconductor devices, fabrication methods, and telecommunications. During graduate school, he worked as a research assistant with a focus on fabrication and characterization of nanofiber sensors. Mr. Mehta has a B.A. in Business Administration, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.  

Alexander Viderman’s focus is in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to a wide range of technologies, with particular concentration on artificial intelligence. wireless communication networks, wireless devices, telecommunication technologies, and standards, cloud computing infrastructure, graphics processing software, image analysis and recognition, semiconductor device architecture and fabrication, integrated circuits, computer and computing system architecture, network design and architecture, cross-platform integration architecture, business analytics software and methods, and data encryption. Prior to private practice, Mr. Viderman was a patent engineer for IBM and a senior software engineer and quality assurance engineer for several firms and innovative startups in the software development and telecommunications industries. He is a Sun certified Java programmer.  He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of New Haven, a master’s in information systems from Polytechnic University, and a J.D. from Pace University.
 
About Cantor Colburn LLP

Cantor Colburn is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country, with more than 100 attorneys and agents providing counsel to clients around the globe from offices in Troy, Hartford, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Houston. Exceptionally well versed in a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, the firm’s clients work in a broad spectrum of industries, including chemical, life sciences, pharmaceutical, medical devices, manufacturing, consumer products, energy, software, telecommunications, entertainment, and more. Recent rankings include:
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