Jovan N. Jovanovic

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Jovan N. Jovanovic is a founding partner of the Watson IP Group. He focuses his practice on US and International patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition matters. His practice is heavily involved with patent and trademark portfolio management and development, risk assessment and mitigation, and serving as outside general counsel. For over 25 years, Mr. Jovanovic has prosecuted patents and trademarks in the US and directed prosecution Internationally. Additionally, Mr. Jovanovic is actively involved in litigation matters, post grant procedures and opposition/cancellation matters.

Mr. Jovanovic holds a law degree (JD) from the University of Illinois, College of Law (1994), and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1991). He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Michigan. Additionally, he is a registered patent attorney, admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Jovanovic has appeared as lead counsel in a number of courts throughout the United States, and is admitted to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar), the Western District of Michigan and the Eastern District of Michigan.

He is a frequent speaker, both in the US and Internationally, on topics of interest in intellectual property. Most recently, Mr. Jovanovic spoke in Dubai at two different IP conferences and in San Francisco at a Venture Capital event. Mr. Jovanovic is also an advisor to ACRE Ag Tech.

Mr. Jovanovic is fluent in several languages of the Former Yugoslavia (Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin), and has a working knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language.

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Dan Fiul

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Dan Fiul is a partner of the Watson IP Group. He focuses his practice on US and International patent preparation and prosecution. Mr. Fiul has over twenty years of experience in the area of patent law, having worked at the US Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner for several years and followed by more than a dozen years in private practice. His approach is to collaborate with both your team and the patent office to secure broad and enforceable patent coverage. Mr. Fiul has collaborated successfully on hundreds of foreign and domestic patent applications in a variety of technical areas in the United States and internationally. A number of his patents have been successfully enforced, resulting in millions of dollars in judgments for the patent holder. 

In addition to preparing, filing and obtaining domestic and foreign patents, Mr. Fiul provides patentability, validity, and infringement opinions. Mr. Fiul’s experience extends to multiple appeals and successes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Fiul holds a law degree from George Mason University College of Law (1999), and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University (1990). He is admitted to the District of Columbia bar and is a registered patent attorney, admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Samantha Stumpo

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Samantha Stumpo is a associate of the Watson IP Group where she focuses on trademark prosecution, litigation and USPTO procedural matters. She further assists with patent support relative in the chemical arts. She has extensive experience with international clients and the interrelation between US and foreign IP laws and treaties. Mrs. Stumpo started with the Watson IP Group through an externship program while in law school.

Mrs. Stumpo holds a law degree (JD) from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2011), and a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry from Lake Superior State University (2007). She is admitted to practice law in Michigan. She is also admitted to the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

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Vladan M. Vasiljevic

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Vladan M. Vasiljevic is of Counsel to the Watson IP Group. His practice is primarily focused on the preparation and prosecution of US and International patent applications. He also possesses over a decade of litigation experience spanning a wide range of technologies and products.

 Mr. Vasiljevic holds a law degree (JD) from the University of Illinois, College of Law (1999), and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1995). He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Michigan. Additionally, he is a registered patent attorney, admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Vasiljevic has represented parties in a number of courts throughout the United States, and is admitted to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the Northern District of Illinois and the Western District of Michigan.

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