University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Two Alumni Patent Attorneys Join UNH Law Board of Trustees

The University of New Hampshire School of Law welcomes two new members to its board of trustees: Michael B. Ray JD '90 and William Mandir JD '87, both of Washington, DC.

"We know both of these alumni, with their extensive patent law experience, will be valuable additions to the Board of Trustees," said Cathy J. Green JD '77, Chair of the UNH School of Law Board of Trustees.

Michael B. Ray is managing director of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, and practices in the firm's Electronics Group (based in Washington, DC). He provides clients with strategic intellectual property counseling and risk assessment, including pre-litigation analysis and negotiations, analyzing patents for infringement and validity, providing legal opinions, and handling post-grant proceedings (such as reexamination and inter partes review) before the USPTO.

In addition to his UNH Law/Franklin Pierce Law Center JD, Ray earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Ray also currently serves as an adjunct professor at UNH Law, where he has taught a Master Class on Patent Office Litigation (i.e., reexamination and post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act). He has also been serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council.

William Mandir is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Sughrue Mion, PLLC, where he is a member of the Management Committee and one of the leaders of the Litigation practice. Focusing primarily on intellectual property litigation, Mandir has litigated over 50 cases filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Mandir also maintains a significant prosecution practice, which focuses on prosecuting patent matters in the electrical, software and mechanical arts, including reexamination and reissue applications before the USPTO.

In addition to his UNH Law/Franklin Pierce Law Center JD, Mandir earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland’s College of Engineering. He has also served on UNH Law’s Intellectual Property Advisory Council and was recently a panelist at the Robert Shaw International IP Symposium held at UNH Law.

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