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Annita Zhong (PhD '01)

Annita Zhong has been promoted to partner at Irell & Manella LLP, effective Jan. 1, 2019. 

Annita focuses on patent post-grant proceedings, patent litigation and licensing. She has deep experience handling inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where she has an extraordinary track record of success. She has also litigated patent and trade secret-related cases before federal and state courts, the International Trade Commission, and arbitral panels. Her experience spans technologies such as semiconductor fabrication and packaging, computer architecture, telecommunication network, wireless communication, standard essential patents, chemistry and materials. She also advises regarding the evaluation and exploration of patent portfolios. She was named to the Southern California Rising Stars list in 2018. 

Annita earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, her Ph.D. in chemistry from California Institute of Technology, and her B.S. in chemistry and chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before attending law school, Annita worked as a senior research scientist. She is a co-author and co-inventor on peer-reviewed journal articles and issued patents. 

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Nita Losoponkul (BS '01) and Elisa Chiang (BS '01)

Nita (Fleming) and Elisa (Blacker, Fleming) reunited after 17 years to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in March 2018. After tons of planning trying to pick the "right" summit night with the full moon and the best chance of good weather, they ended up attempting in an epic blizzard - but they made it (Elisa quite a bit faster than Nita), windburned and sunburned and all!

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