Catherine Chesley Goodgion is a Patent Prosecutor, licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). To qualify as a Patent Prosecutor, an attorney must meet legal, scientific and technical qualifications and demonstrate a good moral character and reputation. In addition to earning a technical science degree and a law degree, they must apply for registration with the USPTO and pass a separate bar examination. Fewer than 1% of the attorneys in Smith County have met these requirements.
As a Patent Prosecutor, Catherine can represent inventors and entrepreneurs in protecting intellectual property such as inventions, design or processes. She researches patentability, prepares and files patent applications, negotiates with and responds to the USPTO, and files appeals. She can also help business clients develop patent protection development plans and comprehensive design patents, including trademarks and copyrights.
Catherine is a Fellow in the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas, having completed at least double the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) required by the State Bar of Texas. She also practices in the areas of Real Estate Transactions, Acquisitions & Development, Document Preparation and Curative. She has represented clients in the acquisition and divestiture of assets including drafting assignments, purchase and sale agreements, right-of-way agreements, easements, boundary line agreements, affidavits of heirship, numerous real estate and commercial loan documents in addition to closing documents. Catherine has drafted and reviewed purchase and sale agreements for residential and commercial transactions. Catherine understands the complicated curative issues involved in real estate transactions.
Prior to passing the bar, Catherine worked as an Independent Petroleum Landman for Flowers Davis running title, preparing runsheets and completing ownership reports. Before attending law school and after earning her Masters in Business Administration, Catherine worked for several years as a Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist exceeding her sales targets for the sale of antidepressant and hormone therapy products, and insulin products, respectively. Catherine’s experience and education in the pharmaceutical, medical, and oil and gas fields brings a business person’s perspective to her legal work.
Outside of work, Catherine enjoys CrossFit, running, water sports, spending time with family and friends, spoiling her two dogs and traveling with her husband, Sam. She and her husband, Sam attend Green Acres Baptist Church.
State Bar of Texas, May, 2012
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, August, 2016
Fellow in the College of the State Bar of Texas, 2017
St Mary’s University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2011
University of Texas at Tyler, Masters of Business Administration, 2003
Baylor University Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1999
Rhodes College, Undergraduate Courses, 90 hours
Robert E. Lee High School, 1995
Honors & Awards
Linda & Dave Schlueter First Year Moot Court Competition, Octa-Finalist
State Bar of Texas
Smith County Bar Association
American Bar Association