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  1. Patent Application: 50%
    16 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    12 years
  3. Trademark Application: 20%
    10 years
  4. Patent Infringement: 5%
    12 years



Hourly ($350-400/hour)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Carlos David Heredia

    I highly endorse Susan for entrepreneurs and companies that need intellectual property support with their patent and trademark matters. As a corporate/business attorney, I have referred clients with IP-related matters to Susan and she has done an outstanding job for them. She is a very experienced attorney and provides excellent value given the high quality of legal services that she delivers.


    Carlos Heredia Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
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  • Edward D. Robinson

    I endorse this lawyer. Susan is a very smart, engaging patent attorney who not only earned a PhD in plant microbiology, but also made partner at a prestigious IP law firm. More recently, she started her own law firm and continues to be very involved in the biotech patent law community.


    Edward Robinson Patent Application Attorney
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Contact info

Gorman IP Law, APC

12707 High Bluff Drive,
Suite 200
San Diego, CA, 92130


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
IP Star - CaliforniaManaging Intellectual Property2014
IP Star - CaliforniaManaging Intellectual Property2013
Top Patent ProsecutorPatent Buddy2013
San Diego Top AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2013
Top Patent ProsecutorPatent Buddy2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalGorman IP Law, APC2013 - Present
PartnerBirch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch2009 - 2013
AssociateBirch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch2003 - 2009
Patent AgentBirch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch2001 - 2003
Technical AdvisorBirch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch1999 - 2001
ScientistChiron Corporation1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego North County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A2003 - Present
United States Patent and Trademark OfficeN/A2001 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of New HampshireBiology (molecular biology)PhD - Doctorate1992
University of New HampshireBotanyBS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Intellectual Property Certificate ProgramPatent Prosecution2016
Intellectual Property Certificate ProgramPatent Prosecution2015
Product Development for Medical Technology StartupsProduct Development Strategies2014
Guest Speaker - Lab2MarketUnderstanding Patent Basics2014
Guest Speaker - Business LawIP Case Studies2014
Guest Speaker; Business LawIP Case studies2013
Guest Speaker for Lab2Market classUnderstanding Patent Basics2013
Building San Diego BiotechManaging IP in a start-up2013
5th Annual PhD Career ConferenceWhat else can you do with a Ph.D.?2013
North County Bar Association MCLE - Intellectual PropertyEthics inBio-Fuel and Obesity Gene Patents2012
Lab to Launch WorkshopGraduate/Post-Doc Researcher Inventions: Case Studies2012
Guest Speaker for Lab2Market classUnderstanding Patent Basics2012
Guest Speaker for Lab2Market ClassUnderstanding Patent Basics2011
Guest Speaker for Lab2Market classUnderstanding Patent Basics2010
Guest Speaker for Lab2Market classUnderstanding Patent Basics2009
Guest Speaker for Lab2Market classUnderstanding Patent Basics2008
Guest Speaker for Lab2Market classUnderstanding Patent Basics2007