To draft a patent application, a patent attorney needs to understand an invention – the thing that’s new. Understanding the technology surrounding the invention – that is, things similar to the invention but different from it, is helpful. It’s also useful for a patent attorney to communicate with inventors, and I enjoy doing that. I like the details in the work I do, and I enjoy working to find the details that matter.
Dr. Mary Drabnis prepares and prosecutes patents, handles patent appeals, and has handled patent interferences before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with a focus on the chemical arts and the mechanical arts. She has conducted patent validity and non-infringement analyses and prepared legal opinions related to such analyses. Mary’s patent experience includes catalysis, catalyst activators, biocides, curatives for polyurethanes, coatings, agricultural chemicals, flame retardants, oilfield chemicals, small molecule pharmaceuticals, and mercury sorbents.
Mary also has experience in trademark registration and prosecution before the USPTO. Prior to attending law school, she served as a Technical Advisor and as a Patent Agent.