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Niky's practice is focused on patent and intellectual property litigation. She has a background in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on power electronics and hybrid electric vehicles. She has litigated a wide range of cases on both the plaintiff’s and defense side, involving software design and application, virtual reality interfaces, microprocessors and integrated circuits, encryption algorithms, mapping architecture and programs, and mechanical devices – to name a few. She has represented her clients before Federal District Courts across the country as well as before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Her extensive trial experience puts her in a unique position to analyze and evaluate intellectual property litigation from inception to termination.
Niky also practices before the Patent and Trademark Office. In addition to traditional patent and trademark prosecution, Niky also assists her clients with patent and intellectual property strategy. She also serves as general counsel to AI Incorporated, managing and assisting with the company’s development of complex patent and trademark portfolios and litigation matters.
Prior to joining BJC, Niky worked with the Washington State Attorney General's Office. As an Assistant Attorney General, she represented various state agencies in civil proceedings. She litigated numerous trials, represented the state in various motions and hearings, argued cases before the Washington Court of Appeals, and represented the state before the Washington Supreme Court.
Niky enjoys the great outdoors, including hiking and kayaking, in addition to traveling. She believes that learning is a life-long journey and striving for excellence a daily practice.
First chaired a patent jury trial as defense counsel for a manufacturer of HVAC leak detectors and succeeded in obtaining a jury verdict of non-infringement.
Assisted in obtaining a resolution for a defendant in multi-district litigation and litigation before the International Trade Commission.
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Dean’s List, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2017
Juris Doctor (J.D.), cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 2007
Bachelors of Science, Dean’s List, Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2003
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
Professional & Community Activities
Publications & Speaking Engagements
“Affording Deference to PTAB Claim Construction Decisions: Aspiring for Consistency and Predictability,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) – Annual Review 2018, available here, cited in 83 Fed. Reg. 51340, 51342, 51347 (Oct. 11, 2018) (codified at 37 C.F.R. § 42), available here
“Access to the Patent System,” ABS Conference 2017
“To Covenant or to License, That is the Question,” Headnotes DBA – Cover Article – February 2016