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Our general partners each take an active role in advising clients in matters concerning patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, transfer or conveyance thereof, and website compliance by working closely with management and staff of technology transfer offices and research departments, on-site and off-site.

It is our practice at MBH that, once an attorney has taken responsibility for a client matter, she will remain available and follow through with the direct handling of the matter along with the Macheledt Bales & Heidmiller staff, professional advisors and draftspeople.

JEAN MACHELEDT received her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction from the University of Minnesota, her law degree from the University of Denver, and has completed upper-division Electrical Engineering courses at both the University of Colorado (Boulder) and Stanford University (while working for Hewlett Packard).

Jean is licensed to practice law in both Colorado and Minnesota. Hands-on engineering work experience includes: University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering lab assistant & Institute of Technology tutor appointments; Hewlett- Packard Company manufacturing/process engineer; and medical device manufacturer quality manager.

Jean’s technical work experience encompassed the analysis and design of mechanical, biological and electrical systems and devices, including medical devices (prostheses, implants and bio-compatible materials) as well as computer FEA modeling, particle/aerosol measuring equipment technology, and printed circuit board (PCB), voltmeter data acquisition and circuit-test equipment assembly and production.

Prior corporate law experience: Patent Counsel for The Gates Corp. (Denver) and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Otsuka Electronics USA, Inc. (a subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd.); and association with Boulder County intellectual property law practice as outside transactional counsel.


Technological areas of interest: Technology (electronic and structural/materials) incorporating principles of electromagnetics, including remote sensors/telemetry, antennas, and medical equipment; SCSI-compliant devices and systems; manufacturing/production equipment, assemblies, and devices for wafer/chip fabrication, material handling, and PCB/PWB as well as electronic equipment assembly; handheld tools; structures and materials of manufacture; Web/INTERNET-related hardware and software (including business and financial applications as well as issue relating the protection of 2nd-level domain names); Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology; polymer-chemistry (including thermally-formable and molded materials and articles); hydraulic hose/couplings; mechanical transport devices; rechargeable electrochemical cells and cell chargers; and electronic devices.

In addition to participating in providing intellectual property law services to local business-incubator clients as well as speaking regularly to the business, legal, and university-engineering communities, Jean is a member of the national American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and the Colorado Bar Association, Larimer Country Bar Association, and Colorado Women’s Bar Association.

 JENNIFER BALES, formerly with the law firm of Holland & Hart, was employed as an engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company prior to law school at the University of Colorado. While at Hughes, Jennifer developed systems for digital signal processing, image processing and radar.

She received her undergraduate degree from California State University in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) and a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in Electrical Engineering, emphasis in optics. She received her law degree from University of Colorado.

Jennifer has extensive experience obtaining and enforcing patents in the fields of signal processing and optics, optoelectronics and computing, radar, x-ray optics, heart sound analyzers, music and sound synthesis, non-destructive materials testing, hearing aids, software and computer peripherals, computer sound cards, and various other mechanical and electrical devices.

Jennifer is admitted to practice law in Colorado, and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Boulder Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Committee).


SHEILA HEIDMILLER received her undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) and master’s degree (with distinction) from Colorado State University, and her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

Sheila specializes in the areas of website compliance, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and licensing. She provides a full suite of website compliance services, including drafting privacy policies, drafting terms and conditions of use, counseling clients on how to comply with the numerous laws governing operation of a website (defamation, libel, slander, protection and infringement of intellectual property, advertising and promotions, use of message boards and forums, etc.). She also developed and performs Website Legal Audits – Don’t let your content byte you.™ This is a service designed to mitigate needless potential liability associated with the operation of a website.

Prior to joining Macheledt Bales & Heidmiller, Sheila was an associate with Holland & Knight in Seattle and then Lewis and Roca in Phoenix. Sheila is admitted to practice law in Arizona and Washington, and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona (Intellectual Property Law Section) and the Washington State Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section). She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Sheila is actively involved in the Phoenix community. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Phoenix Chapter of Alliance of Technology and Women, a board member of the Technology Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, and serves as pro bono website compliance/intellectual property counsel to the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association. She has also written numerous articles and makes frequent presentations to the legal and business community in the area of website compliance, particularly in the area of online privacy. Some representative articles and presentations are listed below. Please contact Sheila on 602-354-7584 to obtain a copy of an article or presentation, or to speak with her about a complimentary in-house presentation on website compliance.