Alexandra Leigh Lodge is an associate and intellectual property attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Electronics Practice.
Aly has broad academic and patent drafting experience in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space. Her M.S. in electrical engineering focused on Digital Processing and Communications generally, and allowed her to pursue various broad high-level academic AI and communication courses, including Mathematical Pattern Recognition, Optical Information Processing, Signal Processing and Control in Neural Systems, Computational Intelligence, and Neural Networks and Machine Learning. Her M.S. coursework is complemented by her extensive AI-related undergraduate coursework, including Computational Intelligence, Discrete Time Signals and Systems, Continuous Time Signals and Systems, Digital Signal Processing, and various programming courses.
For Aly’s capstone research project, she designed and coded a neural network in Matlab. As part of the design process, she derived each of the mathematical expressions implemented in the neural network by hand, resulting in a foundational understanding of neural networks and the algorithms that support their operation. The extensive research project involved designing and comparing the results of two different artificial neural networks (ANN), or AI models, to predict wind speed, with the results ultimately published in an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) journal.
Prior to joining Foley, Aly was an Electrical Engineer II at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) Division, where she worked in the System Verification Center (SVC) on radar equipment. Raytheon SAS is the provider of the advanced electrical scanned radar (APG-79 AESA) sensor system for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Aircraft. This AESA System provides the war fighter with the most accurate and timely information available for the network-centric battlefield. The System Verification Center’s (SVC) engineers are a key contributor to this effort in the support of all APG-79 development and production programs. During her time with Raytheon, Aly learned and practiced System Engineering skills, which involved thinking through the various design stages of radar equipment. For example, Aly identified weaknesses and proposed solutions to various system-level design decisions, created studies that weighed quality, cost, and timing to assist management and engineers in making informed design decisions, and assisted engineers and management in determining project scope and requirements. These skills are directly applicable to patent application development and drafting. Aly’s training has provided her the foresight necessary to draft strong technical patent applications given the complex prosecution of computer systems, enforcement, infringement, and other future patent strategy concerns.
During law school, Aly earned her master’s degree in Dispute Resolution, where she learned and practiced non-adversarial techniques to resolve disputes. Aly’s second master’s degree emphasizes her commitment to expand her toolbox by “thinking outside the box.” She is comfortable employing both traditional and non-traditional solutions to problem solving.