Who is Cliff?

Clifford D. Hyra, JD, is an intellectual property attorney with broad experience handling domestic and international patents and trademarks and related matters.


Cliff is a registered Patent Attorney with extensive experience in the fields of computer software and hardware, medical devices, material science, aerospace, and mechanical and electrical devices, as well as industrial designs.

What did he do before?

Cliff graduated magna cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, also magna cum laude.

What does he do now?

Cliff works with clients large and small around the world to protect their interests in the U.S. and globally.

​How is this unique?

Cliff is an expert in cracking tough patent prosecution cases and extracting maximum claim scope, and in patent strategy and portfolio management. Cliff also thrives in high-stakes contested trademark proceedings.

Something personal

Cliff enjoys running, reading, and teaching his four young children to play poker, and is active in real estate investment and the AI safety community.

Clifford D. Hyra

Founding partner


Janice Housey, JD, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of trademarks and copyrights.


Janice's practice includes counseling emerging companies and established businesses in all aspects of trademark law, trade dress, domain names and copyrights.


Janice clears marks, prepares Trademark Office filings, assists in brand name development and protection strategies, and counsels in trademark infringement matters and domain name issues.


In addition, Janice drafts and reviews a variety of agreements, including software and trademark licenses, and end user consent and settlement agreements.

On top of her prosecution and licensing background, Janice has represented clients in oppositions, cancellations and appeals in over 100 proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and has represented clients in trademark infringement cases in various district courts.  Janice has successfully recovered more than 100 domain names in dispute proceedings under ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy.
Janice is also a certified mediator and was appointed to the INTA Panel of Neutrals in 2012.

Bar Memberships: Virginia, District of Columbia.

Associations: International Trademark Association (Trademark Office Practice Committee 2012-present; chair of the INTA Bulletin Committee 2010-2012); appointed to INTA Panel of Neutrals (2012 - present)

Education: BA, International Relations, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; JD, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.


Janice Housey



Who is Jed?

Jed is our Legal Assistant.

What did she do before?

Jed is an LLB graduate with honors.


What does he do now?

Jed assists with patent filing and prosecution, from inception to issuance, for both U.S. and foreign applications;  payment of maintenance fees; and client relations.

How is this unique?

Jed has a lot of experience in legal-tech and customer relations.


Something personal

Jed loves trying new things.


Legal Assistant

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Who is Amanda?

Amanda Ellerman is our administrative assistant .

What did she do before?

Amanda graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in music.

What does she do now?

Amanda provides administrative support for the patent application process.


Something personal

Amanda enjoys reading, video games, and jiu jitsu.  Her goals include learning how to play the cello, ride a horse, and hang glide.

amanda ELLERMAN  

Legal Administrator

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Who is Zeev?

Zeev's career span around the management of IP firms and the use of technology. He is qualified to practice law in Israel and the UK. 

​What did he do before?

Zeev managed 3 different IP firms before founding a tech startup in the IP space and raising about $2M. His professional expertise is managing complex global IP portfolios.

​What does he do now?

Zeev is in charge of the firm's smooth operation, technology stack and growth in Europe. He works closely with some of the firm's most ambitious clients on IP strategy.

​How is this unique?

Zeev seamlessly moves between the worlds of business and legal, and has expertise in multiple jurisdictions. He can understand how to combine business and IP better than most.

Something personal

Zeev is learning to speak Spanish and to play the guitar.




Who is Aubrey?

Aubrey Chen, JD, is licensed to practice law in California and as a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

What did he do before?

Aubrey graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law, with an honors specialization in intellectual property.

Aubrey's technical background includes a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and a Master’s degree in biological sciences. He also studied cancer biology and has performed graduate research on DNA replication and repair processes. Aubrey’s biotechnology industry experience includes developing research instrumentation, bio engineering methods, and consumable products (M.S., Stanford University (Biological Sciences); B.A., University of California, Berkeley (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)).

What does he do now?

Aubrey works on patent applications in a variety of fields, including biotechnology, chemistry, genetics, industrial processes, and consumer/retail goods. 


Aubrey Chen



Brad  has over 12 years of experience in management and customer relations.  

Brad assists with trademark filing and  prosecution, renewals, and domestic and international client relations.  


Education: B.S. Psychology, George Mason University

Brad Hyra  

Legal Assistant


Who is Queen?

Queen is our Legal Administrator

What did she do before?

Queen is an LLB graduate with honors.


What does she do now?

Queen supports FRESH team by performing clerical and administrative work that requires knowledge of IP legal terms, documents, and procedures, and helps to maintain FRESH Client Relationships.

How is this unique?

Queen’s legal background and research skills ensure that FRESH runs smoothly and efficiently.


Something personal

Queen loves meeting new people, traveling and enjoys watching crime documentaries

Queen Macaulay 

Legal Administrator