TYLER, TX (August 23, 2016) – Flowers Davis PLLC announces Catherine Chesley Goodgion has been granted registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Goodgion currently practices in Tyler, Texas where her primary areas of practice are Intellectual Property, Real Estate Transactions, Acquisitions & Development, Document Preparation and Curative.
Registration as a Patent Prosecutor with the USPTO is open only to attorneys with technical science degrees who make application before the USPTO. These attorneys must pass a separate bar exam and demonstrate high moral ethics before earning the right to practice as Patent Prosecutors. Fewer than 1% of the attorneys in Smith County have met these qualifications.
Patent Prosecutors are different from Patent Litigators, in that Prosecutors represent clients in obtaining patents with the USPTO and Litigators defend clients against copyright, trademark or patent infringement. Patent Prosecutors research the viability of a patent on a specific invention, design, process, or trade secret, represent the client in applying for a patent, and negotiate or respond to USPTO requests until the patent is granted.
Flowers Davis attorneys Steve Mason, Preston Smith and Melanie Reyes are Patent Litigators with extensive experience serving as local and trial counsel for numerous infringement cases pending before the United States Court for the Eastern District of Texas and each of its divisions. Ms. Goodgion’s status as Patent Prosecutor solidifies Flowers Davis’ position as a full-service Intellectual Property law firm.
Goodgion is a 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1999 from Baylor University, and earned a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2003. She has been practicing attorney at Flowers Davis since being admitted to the Bar, and worked as an Independent Petroleum Landman for the firm in prior years. Goodgion’s experience and education in the pharmaceutical, medical, and oil and gas fields brings a business person’s perspective to her legal work. Goodgion will continue to serve her real estate, business and energy clients.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement. To learn more about USPTO Registered Attorneys or find a certified attorney or agent in your area visit https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/.