Biography

Sheila Martinez-Lemke has been a patent attorney for over 15 years, and is currently Counsel at Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP.

Ms. Martinez-Lemke focuses her practice on counselling research universities and startups in strategic development of their international patent portfolios to commercialize technologies and further innovation. Her practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent applications, drafting non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and clearance studies. Ms. Martinez-Lemke has technical expertise in the optics, digital image processing, microfluidics, electrochromics, aerospace composite structures, fuel cells, and biomedical devices.

Prior to law school, Ms. Martinez-Lemke was a R&D project manager at Northrop-Grumman, where she oversaw manufacturing and testing operations of a nose cone for a reusable rocket designed to deliver low-orbit satellites, managed on-aircraft tests of composite aircraft parts for a fighter jet, implemented an expert system for field replacement of aircraft parts at various Airforce bases, managed a program for design and testing of bonded repair in carbon-fiber composite laminates, and conducted aerodynamic and elastic computational optimization of carbon-fiber airframe designs for a supersonic commercial aircraft. She also had the opportunity to work as a Disney Imagineer in the design of two park rides.

Before joining Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson, Ms. Martinez-Lemke was an associate at Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP and at Baker Botts, LLP.

Ms. Martinez-Lemke currently serves as Patent Chair on the Advisory Board of San Francisco, Intellectual Property Law Association and serves on various AIPLA committees including Diversity in IP law, Women in IP law, and Emerging Technologies.

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