In the spring of 2012 I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Bioengineering. Following graduation I began working at Cardinal Health, which is a medical manufacturing and distribution company. From July of 2012 to June of 2013 I worked as an engineer in R&D designing various medical products such as suction canisters, durable medical equipment, and monitoring devices. In June of 2013 I moved over to Cardinal Health’s Intellectual Property department and focused primarily in patent law. The majority of my work involved working with the marketing, R&D, and the legal teams to ensure products we were planning to launch were clear of competitor patents. However, I was also tasked to build patent portfolios of competitor products, meet with the R&D team to create product design arounds, and assist the IP team in prosecuting patent applications. Prior to my work at Cardinal I hadn’t the faintest idea of patents and their importance in developing technology. But by August of 2013, I was completely hooked. Thus, I decided to begin the process of applying to law school.
Where do you work?
I am currently an associate in the Intellectual Property Department at Cozen O’Connor. My practice focuses on representing both innovator (patent-owning) and generic pharmaceutical companies in complex pharmaceutical patent litigation.
Why Loyola University School of Law is the right place to study Intellectual Property Law
Students looking to engage in the study of Intellectual Property have a plethora of options and face a number of choices when deciding where to attend school. That is especially true here in Chicago with a relatively strong IP market along with a number of schools offering coursework in a rapidly developing and engaging area of the law. Looking back to my decision, I can say with confidence that Loyola was the best option for me. There are three principal reasons why I would choose Loyola again.
Tiffany Gehrke is an associate attorney at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP. She secures and protects intellectual property rights on behalf of clients, focusing her practice on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.