Lezak, Arriènne (Angel) M.
Polsinelli | Shareholder
A registered patent attorney and former senior patent examiner, Angel approaches prosecution with a personal, creative, and effective approach that is informed by extensive experience in the arts. Known for a competitively high allowance rate, she strongly advocates for in-person interviewing, and data-driven analytics to determine the best options available. Clients across technology industries have benefitted from Angel’s experience from within and outside the USPTO. She helps clients by navigating current prosecution hurdles, developing and managing patent portfolios that limit future prosecution hurdles, and analyzing existing patent families to determine best strategies based on the value and strength of pending and acquired claim sets.
Angel is a strong supporter and mentor to women in technology. Prior to Polsinelli, she was at an international intellectual property law firm where she was the first female full‑equity partner in the history of the Electronics Software prosecution group. She is an avid technologist, and specializes in the areas of networking, graphics, image processing, game systems, machine learning, virtual machines, business analytics, audio engineering, video engineering, forecasting, cryptography, data analytics, and data security.
Teaching is especially important to Angel: she has developed several boot camps, and is a frequent faculty member and panelist on a variety of topics, for groups including PLI, ABA, SWCC, and the Rocky Mountain IP Institute.
Angel’s strategic knowledge is enhanced by a broad and novel background: in addition to her law and engineering diplomas, she has a degree in composition from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. When she is not practicing, teaching, or on a panel, Angel can usually be found playing piano or composing music. A highlight each year for Angel is her participation as co‑musical director and accompanist for the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court musical revue in June.