McAndrews, Held & Malloy Hires Five New Associates


CHICAGO – November 16, 2015 – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., announced today that five associates have joined its team of intellectual property attorneys, patent agents and technology specialists, bringing its total ranks to nearly 70 attorneys. McAndrews is a large and highly regarded intellectual property boutique based in Chicago.

Jae Kim has joined McAndrews from Coriant, formerly Tellabs, where he served as the company’s in-house IP Counsel. There, he handled IP matters including managing outside attorneys and reviewing their preparation and prosecution work, litigation support, due diligence regarding infringement assertions, and counseling. He also has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications for various technologies, ranging from optical transport and routing systems to RF modulation and voice processing algorithms. Kim received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to law school, he was an engineer at Zenith, Hewlett-Packard and Lucent Technologies. Kim graduated from the University of Illinois with a M.S.E.E. and B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering.

Ryan Pianetto received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was on the Dean’s Honor List. At McAndrews, Pianetto represents various technology clients in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent litigation, due diligence, IP transactions, and patent preparation and prosecution. Prior to joining the firm, Pianetto gained substantial experience at another IP law firm where he prepared and prosecuted patent applications, and at a large IP services provider where he developed written opinions for Patent Cooperation Treaty applications under a contract with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as developed patentability, freedom to operate and invalidity searches for private clients. He earned a B.S.E. with honors in Civil Engineering and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. 

Carey J. Prill practices in all areas of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, and IP due diligence. Prill has considerable experience with a wide range of technologies, including medical devices and methods, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. As a registered patent attorney, she also has experience examining pharmaceutical and biotechnology patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prill, who is the first person in her family to attend college, graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law. While attending law school, she completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Prill earned her B.A. in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University, where she graduated with honors. During her undergraduate studies, Prill worked on research teams at Dow Corning and Mercedes-Benz.  

Kate Ramlose graduated from Boston University School of Law. Ramlose’s practice focuses on patent litigation and IP transactions. During law school, Ramlose spent a semester in-house as a legal intern at Mérieux NutriSciences performing due diligence and drafting agreements for both domestic and international acquisitions. Ramlose also gained experience relating to corporate IP strategy at Mérieux NutriSciences and as a research analyst at Boston University’s Office of Technology Development. Prior to law school, Ramlose worked as an intern in pharmaceutical research divisions at both Abbott Laboratories and Covidien (now Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals). Ramlose graduated cum laude from Truman State University with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in English.

Chad K. Stroud graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. At McAndrews, Stroud assists in patent prosecution, new provisional applications and responses to office actions. He also conducts research for patent, trademark and copyright litigation, and performs opinion work regarding freedom to operate and patent invalidity. Previously, Stroud worked at Abbott Nutrition, where he conducted IP research, including patent landscapes to assist in the expansion of new product lines. Stroud is an active member of the American Society for Nutrition, the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids & Lipids and the American Oil Chemists’ Society. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences and from Southern Illinois University with a M.S. in Chemical Education and a B.A. in Chemistry.

“We continually seek to add bright, new talent to our team,” said McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder and Firm President Robert A. Surrette. “Our clients look to us for very specialized legal counsel, especially as the demand for IP litigation increases, and more general counsel seek business advisors who are knowledgeable and have actual experience with IPR proceedings, biosimilars and ACA compliance issues. This group of new associates bolsters our capabilities in these key areas and we’re pleased to have them on board.”


About McAndrews, Held & Malloy McAndrews, Held & Malloy boasts one of the most highly regarded teams of intellectual property attorneys, agents and technology specialists in the United States. Founded in 1988, the firm offers deep bench strength in matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. McAndrews attorneys have underlying scientific-based degrees and extensive prior experience in technology and IP-focused professions, and they routinely handle cases that involve innovative and cutting-edge technologies in specialized industries. While best known for their record of litigation successes, the firm also offers services in IP procurement, patent interferences, trademark oppositions and cancellations, IP/technology opinions and investigations, global portfolio management, development and licensing, M&A support, due diligence, design rights and joint ventures. Clients include multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies, startups and world-renowned universities. For more information, visit