Meet the Experts

Lissi Mojica

Founder & Partner

Lissi’s Practice focuses on all aspects of preparing, analyzing and prosecuting post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) proceedings. Lissi’s practice also includes appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, reissue applications, interference proceedings, patent quality and patent examination matters.

Prior to entering a law firm setting, Lissi served as a Director at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where she started the Central Reexam Unit (CRU). As Director, she oversaw policies, standards and procedures and developed inter partes and ex parte reexamination training for CRU examiners.

Lissi’s Successful Track Record

In representing a patent owner, Lissi successfully obtained denial of a PGR petition and denial of all meaningful claims, i.e., 16 of 18 claims, in a second PGR petition, both filed in 2016—an overwhelming victory.

In a departure from an industry wide settlement of assertions by patent owner Pace LLC against Ford Motor Company in 2016, Lissi led Ford in a successful defenseand invalidation through 25 IPRs of 9 asserted automotive patents (8 of the 9 were later upheld on appeal). The savings to Ford was in the $50-75 million-dollar range.

Prior to the availability of IPRs in 2013 (when eBay similarly faced a sizable patent assertion), Lissi filed 12 inter partes reexaminations and was successful for each filing (later upheld on appeal).

In a patent owner representation of Adobe in 2012, Lissi’s response to an IPR filing resulted in the PTAB declining to institute the petition in its entirety (which occurredin less than 5% of the petitions at that time).

Cheryl Milone Cowles, Esq, BSEE

Founder & Partner

Cheryl Milone Cowles advises clients on intellectual property (IP) strategies, including IP portfolio development, strategic and competitive analysis of IP assets, and the commercialization of IP. Cheryl’s technical expertise includes electrical and mechanical inventions. Prior to AnswersIP, Cheryl was a partner at Lee & Hayes a premier patent prosecution firm. She also founded the business model, launched and led Article One Partners (, AOP) as its CEO (through 2013) and Chairman through acquisitions by IP service companies ipCreate, Inc. and RWS. AOP crowdsources requests for patent research to its global community. The most respected global companies and law firms have described AOP as revolutionizing the transparency of patent data to improve patent quality.

Cheryl's early success with AOP led to an invitation to the White House, as one of the top 50 most innovative CEOs in the U.S., for a 2010 Forum to improve government customer service. Additionally, AOP was awarded “Startup of the Year” in Startup 2009, a conference co-hosted by Business Insider and the New York University Stern School of Business. She also has been included among the top 300 Global IP Strategists by IAM Magazine from 2011 to the present. Cheryl is the primary inventor on more than a dozen patents/applications.

Before Article One Partners, Cheryl practiced as a patent attorney and advocated before the USPTO. Cheryl is a named inventor on three issued U.S. patents, and eight pending patent applications.

Cheryl’s Industry Recognition

  • 2011 to present, “Top 300 Global IP Strategists, IAM Magazine”
  • 2010, “Top 50 Most Innovative CEOs in the US”, The White House, President Obama, 2010 Forum “Improving Government Service”
  • 2009, “Startup of the Year,” Startup 2009, Business Insider and NY University Stern School of Business
Cheryl Milone Cowles and her team have completely turned around our Company’s IP department. With her hard work and counsel, we now have a systematic, intelligent IP strategy that keeps us focused on making intentional and valuable decisions regarding our innovations. Cheryl has helped us develop systematic and efficient processes for translating our company’s innovations into a product that addresses the market opportunities. Cheryl’s high-level strategic thinking is brilliant and has helped our Company find innovative ways to protect its technology while at the same time staying within its economic framework. The internal management tools that Cheryl provides as part of her services has helped our Company stay focused, organized and efficient so that our company can maintain its focus on generating revenue, creating new innovations, and serving our customers while at the same time increasing our enterprise value.”

Joanna Wilson, General Counsel, A&P Technology, Inc.,, 2016

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