Rose Hickman Smith

Rose Hickman Smith is the Managing Partner of StrategyIP and practices in all aspects of Intellectual Property, including prosecution, litigation, licensing, and opinion work involving trademarks, patents, domain names, copyrights, rights of publicity, and trade secrets.

Rose has helped her clients secure and enforce monopolies on their ideas and protect the goodwill of their brand names for over ten years, and has been recognized as a top Intellectual Property attorney by numerous sources. These honors include receiving a perfect 10/10 rating from AVVO, being listed in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the "Top Women Lawyers in Southern California", Coast Magazine as a "Top Intellectual Property Attorney," OC Register Metro as a "Top Attorney in Patent Applications," a "Lawyer of Distinction" in California, reserved for the top 10% of attorneys in the state.  Super Lawyer Magazine also named Ms. Hickman as a Southern California "Rising Star" in 2004 (inaugural year), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012, an honor reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 in the region.  She has also been listed in Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in American Law.

In her patent work, Rose has handled a wide range of technologies, such as software, integrated circuits, fuel cells, flat panel displays, interplanetary rovers, medical devices, complex mechanical systems, and computer implemented business methods.  She has worked on patents for high-tech clients, including Samsung SDI, IBM, Intel, California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, University of California Regents, Broadcom, Gemstar, and many others.  Ms. Hickman has a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, and worked in satellite technology/remote sensing at NASA Langley and Georgia Institute of Technology before attending law school at the University of Southern California.

In her trademark work, Rose has helped clients from individual startups to international corporations secure and enforce their trademark rights from initial trademark selection to litigation. She has also advised and advocated for her clients on domain name issues, such as selection, transfer, and enforcement.  She has worked on trademark matters for clients, such as Guess?, Neiman Marcus, True Religion, Albertsons, DIRECTV, Bobrick, Galardi Group, and many others.


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Dr. Kenton Abel


Kenton Abel, Ph.D., is Of Counsel at StrategyIP. Kenton has over 18 years of intellectual property experience, primarily focused on IP strategy and patent prosecution. Other experience includes patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation and IP counseling.


Kenton’s in-house experience is primarily with pharmaceutical companies, from Allergan, a Fortune 500 company, Xencor, a small established protein engineering company, and co-founding Bonti, a pharmaceutical start-up. While at Allergan, he was responsible at times for a world-wide docket of over 3,000 patents and patent application, including the Botox® patent portfolio. Prior to moving in-house, Kenton was a patent attorney with Hogan & Hartson in Los Angeles, a patent attorney at McDermott, Will & Emery in Menlo Park, and an associate at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco.


Kenton received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.



Dr. Ron Ugolick

Ron Ugolick, Ph.D. is a Registered Patent Agent at StrategyIP.  Ron has more than 11 years experience in managing and setting the strategy for a portfolio of over 200 U.S. patents and patent applications, and corresponding foreign patents and applications, in a Fortune 500 company; and more than 8 years of patent prosecution experience in mechanical and chemical arts.  Ron is an open-minded problem solver with ability to quickly learn new technologies.


Ron has an Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California, as well as an EMBA in Business Administration and MSFE in Financial Engineering from Claremont Graduate University.  His expertise in business-related and chemical technologies allows StrategyIP to effectively understand and prosecute patent applications in almost all technical fields. He is also an inventor on 20 U.S. patents, 27 U.S. patent applications, and 133 foreign patents and applications.



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