Anthony “AJ” Wenn
AJ Wenn is an associate with SpencePC and is adept at counseling clients in all areas of intellectual property. In particular, he excels at prosecuting utility and design patent applications in the chemical, electrical, mechanical, and software arts. He also prepares legal opinions related to patentability, infringement, patent validity, and freedom to practice. Additionally, AJ is a licensed patent attorney with the USPTO.
Prior to joining SpencePC, AJ worked at both large and boutique law firms, allowing him to gain extensive practical experience prosecuting patents and trademarks for companies of all sizes, including startups, middle market companies, Fortune 500s, and multinational corporations.
AJ received his degree in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, he was president of the Intellectual Property Law Society and competed on the Moot Court Team.
AJ is also active in the legal community and is currently the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section for the Ohio State Bar Association. As Section Chair, AJ influences legislation related to intellectual property at a state and federal level, as well as coordinating events and symposiums for the continuing education of lawyers.
Gopal Gannamraj is an associate with SpencePC and focuses his practice on all areas of intellectual property. More specifically, he concentrates his practice on prosecution, litigation, licensing, and strategizing with clients regarding patents in the electrical, mechanical, chemical, and software arts.
In his career, Gopal has worked with a wide range of electronics including power amplifier modules, microcontrollers, semiconductor devices, home appliance/mobile device communication, machine learning within home appliances, the “internet of things”, component transporting/mounting mechanisms, etc.
Gopal graduated from the Ohio State University in 2014 with a degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on the electrical side. While at Ohio State, Gopal did extensive research on specific electrical power and distribution systems such as the ‘Microgrid.’ Gopal also worked as an IT assistant during his time at Ohio State.
Gopal earned his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 2017. During his time in law school, Gopal was the Executive Editor of the International Law Review along with tutoring a legal writing class. Additionally, Gopal also did work for the community law clinic at Loyola during his time there.
Prior to joining SpencePC, Gopal worked at mid-sized law firms, allowing him to gain a wealth of knowledge in a variety of arts related to patent prosecution and litigation. Gopal has experience working with companies of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations.
Laura Shapiro is an associate* at SpencePC. She is focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University, graduating summa cum laude in Chinese. Ms. Shapiro is also a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. During law school, Ms. Shapiro served as President of the International Law Society, planning and participating in multiple events focused on various international legal topics. Ms. Shapiro spent her first-year summer interning at the United Nations. During her second-year summer, she worked as an associate at a large firm in Hong Kong, applying her fluency in Mandarin to the law.
In her final year at the University of Chicago, Ms. Shapiro acted as a consultant for a biomedical pharmaceutical startup as well as worked as an associate in the University’s Innovation Clinic. As a consultant, Ms. Shapiro advised on different patent strategies and acted as a representative of the startup when meeting with potential investors. As a Clinic associate, Ms. Shapiro assisted both startups in their formation and private equity firms in valuating various investment tactics.
Before law school, Ms. Shapiro studied abroad in China, twice. She went once as invitee of the State Department and once as a college student. She is an active legal researcher and writer in both English and Mandarin. Ms. Shapiro also keeps herself up to date on emerging topics in intellectual property and international law.
*not yet admitted to practice law in Illinois