Areas of Practice: Patents, corporate strategy, and software arts.
Prior to practicing law, Joni had 15+ years of Software Engineering experience. As a patent attorney, she has 20+ years of patent portfolio management, patent preparation and prosecution, client counseling, and general intellectual property practice.
Prior to joining the RCSC, Joni managed a patent portfolio with 4000 worldwide assets related to augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), wearables and IoT usages, autonomous cars, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), drones, perceptual computing, GUIs, user experience, consumer electronics, and location-based services, at a Fortune 100 company. As In-house Corporate Patent Counsel, she managed several projects impacting Division policies and procedures, including developing a corporate strategy for global claim optimization and acceleration of patent prosecution. This effort included leading a team to develop templates and guidelines, and training of outside and in-house patent counsel. Joni also prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a wide variety of software arts from firmware to application level, and networking to e-commerce.
Joni has technical expertise in a wide array of technologies. These include, for example, Software; Pre-boot; Virtual Machines (VM); Business Methods; E-Commerce; User Experience; Perceptual Computing; In-vehicle Infotainment; Autonomous Vehicle; Gesture Recognition; Location and Proximity Aware; Context Aware; GUIs; Mobile Apps; Set Top Boxes; and Consumer Electronics; Social Media and Networking; Digital Information and Brokerage Exchanges using Blockchain Technology; IoT, Fog, Edge and Cloud Computing; Matching and Recommendation Services; Natural Language understanding/processing; Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Neural Networks; Virtual and Augmented Reality; Assistive Systems in Health, Movement, and Augmented Vision; etc.
George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 1994)
George Washington University Washington D.C., Course Work for M.S. in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Simulation, 1986-87.
Temple University (B.A., Computer & Information Sciences 1982) Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude; College of Liberal Arts Honors Program 1979-80.
Pennsylvania 2016. Virginia 1995. District of Columbia 1997.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia 1999.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 1995.
Registration to Practice before the USPTO 1998 (Reg. No. 42,173).
U.S. Patent No. 8,933,778 (Mobile Device and Key Fob Pairing for Multi-Factor Security).
Active Member: VA State Bar since May 1995; PA since 2016.
Inactive Member: DC Bar.
Member, AIPLA: October 1994 to present.
Award / Publication:
First Prize winner of the 1994 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition at George Mason University School of Law, for a paper titled: International Trends in Protection of Computer Software: Is Reverse Engineering (Decompilation) a Fair Use? (Published: Computer Law Reporter, June 1995).