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Heather L. Flanagan, Ph.D.

Associate

Austin, TX
512-226-8156
flanagan@fr.com
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Background

Heather is an Associate in the Austin office of Fish & Richardson. Her practice emphasizes U.S. and foreign patent prosecution and counseling, opinion work, due diligence studies, and development and management of patent portfolios in chemistry and related fields, including cosmetic compositions, adhesives, inks and pigments, polymers, nanotechnology and nanomaterials, light-emitting devices, spectroscopy, imprint lithography, carbon dioxide sequestration, fuel cells, and clean energy technology. Heather advises clients ranging from independent inventors and startups to academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies.  She has previous law firm experience in patent prosecution, with emphasis in the areas of petrochemistry and medical devices. Prior to joining Fish, Heather was Director of Intellectual Property and Grants at LabNow, Inc., a start-up that licensed medical device technology from a major research institution.​

Education

J.D., University of Texas Law School


M.B.A., University of Florida
Decision and Information Sciences


Ph.D., Harvard University
Physical Chemistry


B.S., University of Georgia
Chemistry

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

American Inns of Court 
American Chemical Society
Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association​

Other Distinctions

Speaking Engagements
SXSW ECO 2015 – Startup Coach
SXSW Interactive 2014 — Intellectual Property IQ
SXSW ECO 2013 – Breakout Session Leader
SXSW V2V 2013 – Mentor
USPTO Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference 2012 – "Ask the Expert"
Publications
Client Alert: Written Description as Applied to Continuation Applications (May 25, 2010)
Presentations
Dow v. Nova: Take Two (October 6, 2015)
From Redneck Sofas to Machine Guns: Written Description Requirement Redux (October 13, 2011)
§ 112, ¶ 6 in the Life Sciences: Prosecution Hurdles (May 15, 2012)

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