Heather focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution of chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical matters. Heather received her J.D. from the University of Washington (2020) where she was a student practitioner for the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and an intern for the Washington Pro Bono Patent Network. She received a Ph.D. in Organic and Biological Chemistry from University of Washington (2017), and a B.S. (with Honors) in Chemistry from University of Montana (2010).
University of Washington School of Law
University of Washington
Organic and Biological Chemistry
University of Montana
B.S. 2010 (with Honors)
Heather’s legal experience at Seed IP includes drafting and prosecution of patent applications, as well as conducting patentability, landscape, and freedom to operate searches. As a student practitioner at the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, Heather conducted client meetings including invention disclosures and IP counseling, prepared patent landscape analyses for CoMotion (the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub), in addition to drafting memoranda analyzing patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright issues. Additionally she spent a summer as a legal fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she supported the legal team on transactional and intellectual property law matters.
Prior to joining Seed IP, Heather completed graduate school at the University of Washington, where she designed and synthesized small molecule probes for the capture and identification of proteins, aided in adapting a fluorescence-based enzyme assay to a high-throughput screening format, and investigated the clearance, bio-distribution, and degradation of radio-labeled proteins in vivo. She also served as a laboratory technician at Promiliad BioPharma, Inc. in Missoula, MT where she used natural product derived starting materials as building blocks for the synthesis of drug candidates.
Heather is admitted to the Washington State Bar. She is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA) and Life Science Washington.