Kendria’s practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property from counseling clients on general intellectual property protection and drafting utility and design patent applications to performing trade secret audits and enforcing clients’ patents or trademarks in court.
As one of the few associates at the firm who works on patents, trademarks, and intellectual property disputes, Kendria is an invaluable asset for each of her clients, and she appreciates the variety her work offers. “I love the array of things I get to do each day. I like complex problems that take a lot of thought and strategy to unpack, and to do that in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and litigation is very rewarding,” she says.
Kendria, who has a background in aerospace engineering, works with clients to develop and implement intellectual property strategies tailored to their businesses. Her previous work as an engineer gives her unique insights into the problems and issues her clients are facing. “Being able to understand engineering drawings and specifications lets me jump right into the real issues rather than needing the client to bring me up to speed,” she says.
In her patent prosecution work, Kendria prepares and prosecutes domestic and international patent applications, including design patents. She regularly prepares patent validity and invalidity, patent infringement and non-infringement, and freedom to operate opinions, as well as intellectual property license agreements. Kendria also represents clients in intellectual property disputes and has experience at all stages of the litigation process from due diligence through trial.
In addition to her litigation and patent prosecution work, Kendria develops and implements trade secret protection programs and handles trademark prosecution and enforcement as well as copyright registrations. In each matter, Kendria appreciates the real-world challenges and constraints clients must navigate, noting that one of the rewarding parts of her job is helping them “think strategically about their inventions and portfolios within specific budgets and timeframes.”
Kendria received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Also, she completed a work-study abroad opportunity in Regensburg, Germany from 2004 to 2005. Kendria was the first University of Colorado student to complete an International Engineering Certificate, and she helped develop the international engineering program, which now sends numerous engineering students abroad each year.
Before joining Sheridan Ross, Kendria served as a law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and for Sun Microsystems, Inc. She also worked for the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office and BioServe Space Technologies where she drafted software licenses and dealt with export controls. Before law school, she worked at Lockheed Martin and the Boeing Company as an engineering intern.
University of Colorado Law School (J.D., 2012)
University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (M.S., B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2008)
Fachhochschule Regensburg (International Engineering Certificate in German)
- Intellectual Property in Employment
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Patent Office Post Grant Proceedings
- Patent Prosecution
- Trade Secrets and Confidentiality
- Business Methods
- Computer Hardware & Software
- Green Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2013
United States District Court, 2012
Colorado Bar Association
Presentations and Publications:
- Speaker: “Patent Versus Trade Secret Protections: The Benefits and Pitfalls,” American Chemical Society National Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2015.
- Jury Finds Willful Infringement in IP Trial, Law Week Colorado, Nov. 16, 2015, read the full article.
WCM Industries v. IPS Corp., (W.D. Tenn) — Trial counsel for plaintiff in a patent infringement action involving multiple patents related to bath waste and overflow products. Following two-week jury trial, received a jury verdict in favor of plaintiff on all claims asserted, including a finding of willful infringement by defendant. Successfully defended against counterclaims of invalidity and non-infringement.
Court granted request to enhance the jury’s damage award due to willful infringement. Court found that: “based on the egregious nature of IPS’s conduct, that treble damages are appropriate.” Court trebled amount to more than $4.1 million.
Colorado Super Lawyers/Rising Stars, 2017-2018