Ms. Sukovic is a patent prosecution and litigation attorney with over 13 years’ experience. Ms. Sukovic utilizes her wide-ranging IP law experience, combined with a deep understanding of electrical, systems, and software engineering, to find new solutions to problems her clients face in protecting their inventions.

Before becoming a patent attorney, Ms. Sukovic served as a systems engineer for Motorola Inc. where she developed system requirements, test plans, managed engineering development, and wrote technical requirement specifications for a proprietary communication system.

Clients rely on Ms. Sukovic’s insights on commercialization of the technologies, grounded in her much-published work as communications systems engineer in-house for Motorola.

Ms. Sukovic has experience prosecuting patents in a range of diversified technologies, including:

  • Cloud computing technologies
  • Oil refinery process plant systems
  • User-Interface/Display technologies
  • Valve controls
  • Software products
  • Financial systems/products/instruments
  • Telecommunications
  • Mobile communications protocols (CDMA/TDMA/IEEE 802.11 wireless, mesh networking, 5G, IoT)
  • Network architectures
  • E-commerce applications
  • Semiconductors/fabrication
  • Printing devices
  • Mechanical devices
  • Medical Devices
  • Control systems
  • Computer systems
  • Mechanical/electrical/software testing methods
  • Digital recording technologies

Ms. Sukovic has experience performing litigation work including:

  • Preparing invalidity opinions
  • Preparing freedom to operate opinions
  • Preparing litigation memos
  • Legal research
  • Prior art searches
  • Pro Bono – Litigated in local courts in Lake County and Cook County, IL
  • Pro Bono – Prepared complaints, motions, prepared evidence for expert report, and represented client at hearings in areas of family law, tort law, and constitutional law

Representative cases of some legal work include:

  • Peerless Industries, Inc. v. Crimson AV, LLC
  • American Stock Exchange, LLC v. Mopex, Inc.

Ms. Sukovic has presented on the following topics:

  • State of IoT patent portfolios and how to draft patent applications for IoT innovations – October 2018 for International Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA)
  • Design patent basics – March 2012 for in-house counsel
  • Patent law for startups – April 2011 for in-house counsel
  • Presented new local Federal court, N.D. of IL, patent court rules for Richard Linn Inn of Court – March 2010

Volunteer – Charity work

  • Coached Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) 2019 Chicago winner & now preparing for semi-finals and national competition in May 2019
  • Adler Planetarium Women’s Board member (2009 – 2012) and co-chair to Women in Space Sciences (WISS) 2010 annual award/educational program
  • University of Chicago Lab School Connections Committee – 2015-2016 Fundraising for scholarships to Lab school

 

 

 

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School (LLM in IP Law)
    • Magna Cum Laude, Order of Marshall (top 1%)
  • The John Marshall Law School (JD)
    • Dean’s List, Review of IP Law – Staff Editor
    • Michael Duric scholarship
  • Boston University (BS in Electrical Engineering)
    • John Silber Engineering Scholarship
    • AFROTC Scholarship
    • Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) while attending Boston University

Languages

  • Conversant in the common Slavic language spoken in the East European countries of Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Accolades

  • American Legion Award
  • 2014 Techweek Chicago Women’s Leadership Fellow Award for professional and community work

Professional Affiliations

  • International Intellectual Property Law Association, Inc. (IIPLA) – speaker
  • Serbian Bar Association of America (SBA) – member