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About the Authors

Jacob M. Ward, Esq. Jake Ward Jake Ward is a Member and Registered Patent Attorney with the law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC, located outside of Toledo, Ohio.  Mr. Ward is the founding author of the Anticipate This! patent and trademark law blog.

Mr. Ward received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Dayton. He received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Toledo, College of Law. At the University of Toledo, Mr. Ward was awarded a certificate of concentration in Intellectual Property Law. Prior to joining Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller, Mr. Ward worked for several years as a Materials Chemist with the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. While at Cooper Tire, Mr. Ward developed a strong rubber science background, focusing primarily on development of commercial, light truck, passenger, and ultra-high performance tire rubber compounds. Mr. Ward also has experience in commercial rubber applications such as innertubes, bladders, and pre-cure and mold cure retreading.

Mr. Ward is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of Michigan and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His practice consists of preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various technical arts, including the chemical, pharmaceutical, material, and mechanical arts. Mr. Ward also prepares legal opinions relating to, for example, patentability, infringement, validity, and freedom to practice.

Mr. Ward is a former President of, and presently serves as the Webmaster for, the Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA).


Kristen Fries, Esq.

Kristen Fries Kristen M. Fries is a patent attorney licensed in the State of Ohio and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Fries practices in the area of intellectual property and technology law, including prosecution of patent applications, in various technical fields.  Kristen is a contributing author of the Anticipate This! patent and trademark law blog.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Miami University and is a registered Engineer-in-Training (EIT). Kristen earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law. As a law student, she served as Note and Comment Editor for Law Review.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Fries worked in the building materials industry as a project engineer for a manufacturing facility.

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