Overview

Alexa Marie J. Derkasch is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office and member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. As a registered patent attorney, Ms. Derkasch focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution with particular experience on matters involving computer hardware and software, data storage devices, graphical user interfaces, artificial intelligence/machine learning, mechanical devices, medical devices and method of treatment or delivery, electronics and electromechanical devices, adhesives and polymers, and consumer devices.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Derkasch worked in-house for a Fortune 500 company where she prosecuted applications from a wide variety of technological fields, including aviation and avionics, medical devices, vehicle communication and networking systems, and computer software.

While attending law school, Ms. Derkasch supported the New Hampshire Department of Safety IT Contract Team, specifically aiding the integration of computer systems and data from state, county and municipal law enforcement entities. Ms. Derkasch also worked for a venture capital company performing critical proof-of-concept development for Fortune 500 companies to help identify patent assets that were most valuable with respect to monetization.

Community Involvement

Ms. Derkasch leads the firm's Boston office in the annual American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising event. The event raises awareness about breast cancer, funds innovative research, wigs and compression bras, and transport and lodging at one of 30 Hope Lodges for patients traveling a long distance to receive care, among other vital services.

Credentials

Education
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.S., Biology, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Memberships
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Massachusetts State Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight PCS Pro Bono All-Star, 2019
  • Holland & Knight Community Service All-Star, 2019
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2019

Publications

Speaking Engagements