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Pat is an intellectual property lawyer and a registered patent attorney with many years of industrial experience in product development and manufacturing. Prior to entering law practice, Pat was a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, holding positions from bench chemist to Research Director. While working in consumer products for a Fortune 100 company, she developed a fascination for trademarks, learning the importance of branding.
She chose law, specifically intellectual property law, as a second career because of a long-held fascination with patents and trademarks. After spending decades in the pharmaceutical industry working with patents, either researching for submission in new patent applications or developing a non-infringing alternate to a competitor’s patent, she wanted to help others file their own applications.
Pat is fascinated by manufacturing and loves to watch things being made. Shortly after her wedding, she dragged her groom back to his hometown of Louisville to watch baseball bats, cigarettes and bourbon being made. She spent as much time in manufacturing plants as she did at the lab bench when working in the pharmaceutical industry, watching new ideas and products launch and become reality.
Pat’s patent practice has not been limited to just life sciences, but also includes a wide range of industrial consumer products. She has helped clients obtain patents in a wide range of art, from clothing to automobile parts, from baby accessories to sporting equipment.
Pat likes to make things herself, too. She has brewed her own beer, made her own clothes and caught dinner from the deep blue sea. She has tried her hand at flying a plane, a helicopter and operating a motorcycle.
Ms. Werschulz received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Chatham College of Pittsburgh, her M.B.A from Fordham University and her J.D from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Ms. Werschulz has a history of academic excellence, receiving the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law at Rutgers, the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at Fordham, graduating with the highest G.P.A. in her class and the American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major as an undergraduate.