Susan focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution in the Unites States and worldwide in the mechanical and chemical arts. Her practice includes assessment and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the United States and preparation and advisement on joint development and transfer of ownership agreements. Susan has a genuine concern for her clients’ business and assists them in evaluating and addressing IP business issues, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Prior to law school, Susan was a chemistry teacher at Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District, in Brecksville, Ohio. She enjoys presenting mini-seminars to teach clients about intellectual property. In 2013, Susan taught the capstone patent preparation and prosecution course at the University of Dayton School of Law as an adjunct professor.

Susan is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio and is a patent attorney registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Representative Transactions


    Preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in:


    • Adhesive compositions and methods of manufacturing, including tapes
    • Cosmetic formulations, including peptides as active
    • Microencapsulation methods and the resulting microcapsules
    • Coating formulations
    • Carbon nanostructures including CNT, graphene, and fullerenes
    • PE/PP film formulations
    • Medical formulations for women’s health


    • Automotive parts
    • Belt tensioners, and pulleys, belts, intake manifolds, valves, actuators, aspirators, hoses
    • Sensors, including water quality sensors
    • Solar cells
    • Medical instruments, including endoscopes and surgical tools
    • Electroplating methods and apparatus
    • Integrated circuit constructions
    • Firefighting and medical training equipment
    • Protective garments, simulation devices, rescue training devices, CPR masks


    • Conducting and advising on clearance searches
    • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. Trademark Applications
    • Handling worldwide trademark assignment recordation

    IP Transactions

    • Assisting in the creation of an IP holding company
    • Conducting IP due diligence
    • Preparing and negotiating joint development agreements
    • Preparing and negotiating IP licensing agreements
    • Preparing IP assignment agreements
    • Preparing biological transfer agreements

    IP Opinions

    • Analyzing prior art and preparing patentability opinions
    • Analyzing issued patents and preparing non-infringement opinions
    • Analyzing issued patents and preparing invalidity opinions


    • Preparing and filing copyright applications
    • Advising on authorship and ownership of copyrights
    • Advising on inheritance of copyrights
    • Advising on minimizing the risk of copyright infringement
  • Presentations and Teaching Experience
    • “The Patent Prosecution Highway: How Fast Is It?” January 2017
    • “That’s Mine! Your Choice as an Inventor or Brand Creator to Protect Your Creation as an Intellectual Property Asset.” Generation Dayton, Reality Bites 4.0 Series, October 2013.
    • “The America Invents Act: Patent Law Changes of Importance,” Client Presentation, October 2012; March 2013
    • “Patent Search Tutorial,” Client Presentation, October 2012
    • “How Will Recent Law Changes Impact Your Company? − Changes under the America Invents Act,” Client Presentation, May 2012
    • “Invention Disclosures and Related Legal Issues, Especially Inventorship,” Client Presentation, July 2011; May 2012
    • “Provisions Affecting Prosecution and Litigation Reforms under the American Invents Act,” Edison Materials Technology Center, 2012






The United States Patent and Trademark Office


The University of Dayton School of Law, JD, 2006
Kent State University, B.A., Chemistry, 2003
Kent State University, B.S. Secondary Education, Science Comprehensive, 1994

Prior Law Firm Experience

Thompson Hine, LLP – 2006-2017

Practice Areas