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Jacob Mueller

Class of 2011

Mr. Mueller is a registered patent attorney at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP in St. Louis, MO.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering from St. Louis University in 2008. In 2011, he graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Juris Doctor.

Read his full firm bio here.


Nate Bailey

Class of 2007

Mr. Bailey is a registered patent attorney and partner at the Waller law firm in Nashville, TN.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics, Chemistry, & Philosophy from East Tennessee State University in 2004. In 2007, he graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with concurrent degrees: Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Cum Laude), and a Juris Doctor.

After law school, Bailey clerked for the Honorable Glen M. Williams in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Following his clerkship, he worked at the Trial Division of the PTAB at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He then worked at the intellectual property law firm of Waddey Patterson before joining Waller in 2015.

See his full firm bio here.


David Wood

Class of 2007

Mr. Wood is a registered patent attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, DC.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. In 2007, he graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Law with a Juris Doctor.

After law school, Wood joined the US Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner, where he examined patent applications in the business methods arts. He then became a Patent Attorney at the Patent Trail and Appeal Board. 

See his bio here.


Alisha Huls

Class of 2003

Ms. Huls is a registered patent attorney at Husch Blackwell in St. Louis, MO.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, cum laude, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2000. In 2003, she graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude.

After law school, Huls has worked as an associate attorney for Gallop, Johnson & Neuman in St. Louis. She then worked as associate general counsel for the Brown Shoe Company, before joining Husch Blackwell, a multi-industry law firm. 

See her full firm bio here.


Richard Ruzich

Class of 2002

Mr. Ruzich is a registered patent attorney at Taft, Stettinuis & Hollister LLP in Chicago, IL.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Bradley University in 1991. In 2002, he graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Master in Laws, cum laude. 

Before attending law school, Ruzich worked as an electrical engineer in Chicago and New York for several years. After law school, he worked as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice and as a shareholder for Cozen O’Connor, before joining Taft, Stettinuis & Hollister LLP.

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Matthew Smith

Class of 2001

Mr. Smith is a shareholder at Polsinelli PC in St. Louis, MO.

He received a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University in 1990. In 2001, he graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Juris Doctor. He also received a Master of Law from Washington University (St. Louis) in 2005. 

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Ray Wood

Class of 1979

Mr. Wood is the Chief Patent Officer for ZTE USA in Texas.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1976. In 1979 he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Juris Doctor.

After law school, Wood worked as an attorney for Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP. He has also worked as a patent attorney for Motorola before joining ZTE USA.