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Heather S. Mueller

Heather S. Mueller

San Diego, California 92130
United States

Telephone: 858-481-1883
Firm: The Mueller Law Office, P.C.
Practice Overview:
The Mueller Law Oiffce is a patent law firm based in San Diego, California with a high concentration of clients in the Silicon Valley. We pride ourselves on commitment to quality, a high level of expertise in many different types of technology, and outstanding responsiveness.

Our firm provides Intellectual Property services, specializing in the following areas: obtaining/maintaining patent assets, patent strategy, patent analysis, portfolio review, IP due diligence, licensing, and trademarks. Patent applications have been prepared and filed for such businesses as solar energy systems, medical devices, telecommunications, semiconductors, software, and toys.

We differentiate ourselves from other Intellectual Property law firms by working closely and collaboratively with each client. Our long-term experience operating a virtual law firm translates into a lower cost structure and competitive pricing. We have a knowledgeable staff of patent attorneys, agents, and support personnel that is ready to assist you.


Professional Profile:
Heather Mueller has over 15 years of experience in developing and optimizing patent portfolios. She specializes in patent strategy, licensing, drafting patent related agreements, patent analysis (including opinion letters), product clearance, patent searching, patent prosecution and IP due diligence. Currently, her primary technical areas include circuit design, medical devices, software, solar energy systems and toys. Heather regularly visits the Silicon Valley to meet with her many clients in that area.

Prior to founding The Mueller Law Office, Heather was Associate Chief IP Counsel at Siemens Corporation where she handled complex IP issues and managed patent attorneys and staff in the Siemens' West Coast Office. She obtained broad legal experience including leading patent license negotiations, being a key member of license negotiation teams for major patent cross-licenses, handling third party allegations, handling due diligences for both acquisitions and venture capital investment, drafting various technology and patent related agreements, and overseeing patent portfolios and patent prosecution. Her primary technical areas included telecommunications, semiconductor devices, medical systems and software.

Heather began her legal career at Townsend and Townsend and Crew as a member of the Electrical and Electronics Patent Prosecution Group, where she specialized in drafting patent applications and other patent related documents. She also participated in patent license negotiations and wrote patent opinion letters.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Management (Cum Laude) from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Heather is a member of the California State Bar and registered to practice with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

UndergraduateKettering University, Flint, MichiganElectircal Engineering with a Minor in Management1991
LawUniversity of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor MichiganJuris Doctor1993

Affiliations & Memberships:
Sponser of EvoNexus


Patent Assets - We prepare and prosecute US, foreign and PCT patent applications.

Patent Strategy - For smaller companies, we provide a high quality, in-house style of IP services, eliminating the need for hiring an in-house attorney and staff.

Patent Analysis - Non-infringement and validity analyses including legal opinion letters are available. Product clearances are tailored in scope to meet clients' needs and budgets.

Portfolio Review -- We are available to increase the quality of an existing portfolio. We review patent applications and find opportunities to improve the quality.

IP Due Diligence - For mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments, all levels of IP due diligence are available. We work collaboratively with clients to provide desired IP information.

Licensing and Assignments - We support all aspects of the IP licensing and assignment processes, including research agreements, cross-license agreements, development agreements, non-disclosure agreements and any other agreements that include IP clauses.

Trademarks -- We provide trademark services including the preparation and prosecution of US and foreign trademark applications. We also handle trademark oppositions, negotiate trademark agreements, provide trademark searches, prepare trademark opinions and provide other trademark related support.