Dingman Legal Advisors

Legal Office Hours at the Dingman Center gives UMD students and alumni the opportunity to sit down with one of our Dingman Legal Advisors to discuss any legal questions you may have. Sessions are availbale by appointment only. Sign up here.

Jon Forster '86

Forster is an attorney, entrepreneur and shareholder at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, where he serves as national chairman of both the Tax and Business and Insurance Regulatory Practice groups. Prior, Forster was a lifetime insurance professional and educator who developed an outsourced advanced markets case design system by employing seasoned tax professionals with life insurance expertise.

Today, Forster also serves as chief tax counsel for the AALU (Association for Advance Life Underwriting), the life insurance industry's trade association based

in the nation's capital. In that role, Forster educates the industry on tax legislation that may impact their business, publishes their association newsletter, while also serving as an industry bellwether.

Forster has served on the Board of Directors for University of Maryland Terrapin Club and is an active member of several other committees for the University. Forster also served on a select committee called the Athletic Campaign Cabinet for the University of Maryland, where his chief role was to support the largest fund raising efforts at the University.

Minh-Quan K. Pham, Ph.D. '99Minh-Quan Pham

Minh-Quan K. Pham is a patent attorney with over ten years of experience in protecting innovations and providing creative legal solutions through a unique combination of perspectives, including as an inventor, a scientist/engineer, an entrepreneur, an examiner, and an attorney. Dr. Pham is experienced in all aspects of intellectual property protection, including: comprehensive intellectual property counseling; U.S. and international patent prosecution; trademark prosecution; intellectual property related litigation; validity, non-infringement, freedom to operate, and patentability opinions; intellectual property due-diligence investigations; and intellectual property agreements.

Prior to his legal practice, Dr. Pham was a patent examiner in group 1600, examining biotechnology patent applications. He was also a founder of Chesapeake PERL, a recombinant protein production company in Maryland. Dr. Pham received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Corinne M. Pouliquen '89Corinne Pouliquen

Corinne M. Pouliquen is a registered patent attorney. Her practice is based in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, with a focus on business, intellectual property, licensing and litigation matters. Pouliquen provides  strategic business and legal advice to domestic and foreign corporate clients and emerging companies and universities in connection with the development, management, protection and worldwide commercial exploitation of their intellectual property assets, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Her legal background includes serving  as in-house intellectual property counsel for a veterinary pharmaceutical company and as patent counsel for a biotechnology company. Her scientific background includes experience as an analytical chemist and a veterinary research assistant.

Pouliquen is a frequent lecturer on various topics in intellectual property law, including the interplay between patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. She has also spoken on patent law, including patentable subject matter, standards for patentability and the America Invents Act (AIA). She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Association of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC). Pouliquen is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and is also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Pouliquen received her J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center and her B.S. from the University of Maryland.

David Taylor '90David Taylor

David Taylor is an intellectual property attorney with over twenty years of experience in private practice representing a diverse range of clients in patent and trademark matters.  He is admitted to practice before the Maryland and District of Columbia bars, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has been registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office since 1994. 

Taylor’s practice focuses primarily on patent and trademark litigation, patent and trademark  prosecution, and client counseling. His accomplishments include/have included: assisting a United States District Court Special Master in conducting Markman hearings, preparing claim construction reports, and briefing decisions relating to discovery disputes and pre-trial motions; preparing and responding to pleadings, motions, Markman briefings, and written discovery; conducting depositions; overseeing experts and expert report preparation; briefing appeals to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; practicing before USPTO, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, arguing appeals, and ex parte reexamination practice; providing opinions relating to infringement, validity, patentability, licensing, and related patent issues; and trademark cancellation and opposition practice.

Among the technologies Mr. Taylor has litigated and/or prosecuted are vehicle transmissions, building industry products, LED light strings, medical devices, semiconductor devices, Internet-driven solutions, nano-technology, nutritional supplements, polymers, rocket propulsion systems, explosives, agricultural equipment, optical fiber production, compact discs, and electrochemical devices and processes.

Prior to joining Berenato & White in 2003, Mr. Taylor was an attorney at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in Washington, D.C. and the Sullivan Law Group based in Phoenix Arizona.  Mr. Taylor received his Juris Doctorate from The National Law Center of George Washington University in 1993, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1990.