As a biomedical scientist turned patent attorney, Laura practices intellectual property law in Merchant & Gould’s Chemical & Life Sciences group. She focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of domestic and international patent applications in the chemical and biotechnology fields as well as software. Laura also has experience prosecuting patents in the areas of telecommunications, greeting cards, toys, medical devices, chemical and biotechnology inventions, and athletic apparel.
In graduate school, Laura studied the post-translational modification of Polo-like kinase 1 by SUMO, as well as telomere biology in budding yeast, hematopoietic stem cell regulation in mice, and tumor suppressor genes in mammalian cells. During law school, she assisted researchers at the University of Iowa Research Foundation with efforts to commercialize their inventions and raise funding to start spin-out companies.