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SD Biotech Breakfast

Join the South Dakota Biotech Association for a breakfast of networking and special presentation.


  • 7:45-8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:05 AM Welcome
  • 8:05-9:00 AM Speaker Presentations followed with Q&A

Presentation: “Strategies to Build and Protect Your Intellectual Property.”

SPEAKERS: Malissa Eng & Natalie Kadievitch
Intellectual Property/Patents Attorneys – Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
MODERATOR: Jeff Steinle, Corporate Attorney – Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Malissa Eng
Malissa focuses on identifying, procuring and enforcing the intellectual property rights of clients.
Malissa’s experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications, counseling clients on intellectual property matters, performing due diligence on patent assets, managing global patent portfolios, handling appeals before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) and evaluating freedom-to-operate, invalidity and infringement positions.

Malissa has an extensive background working with clients in the chemical industry. Her patent experience includes films and coatings as well as chemical compositions. Examples include cosmetic and skincare compositions, pharmaceuticals and related methods of treatment, low-emissivity and solar-control coatings, electrode coatings and thin film deposition.

Malissa’s patent experience includes additional technology areas, including mechanical technologies, medical devices, medical diagnostics, optics, semiconductors, plants and biotechnology. For example, Malissa has done patent work involving breath test diagnostics, cancer therapy, plant extracts, aircrafts, solar cells, food preparation equipment and HVAC assemblies.

Prior to joining Fredrikson, Malissa practiced as a patent attorney at a boutique law firm in Connecticut. During law school, she was a judicial intern for the Honorable Andrea Masley in the Bronx Family Court and a research assistant to Fordham Law Professor Tanya Hernández.

Natalie Kadievitch
Natalie is an attorney with 30 years of patent experience representing clients in the medical device, telecommunication, software and consumer goods industries.

Natalie is a resident shareholder practicing in the area of intellectual property law with an emphasis in patent prosecution and client counseling. Natalie is a registered patent attorney and focuses her practice in the areas of electronics, computer software and hardware, telecommunications, medical devices and consumer goods.

Natalie has significant experience in opining on infringement and validity issues in the electrical and mechanical arts and conducting due diligence investigations regarding target acquisitions for her clients. In addition, Natalie has experience in post grant proceedings.

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