Patent and Trademark Expert Launches Gorman IP Law, APC

Patent and Trademark Expert Launches Gorman IP Law, APC

New firm focused on protecting core asset of intellectual property to help business owners maximize competitive advantage

SAN DIEGO, August 13, 2013 – Dr. Susan Gorman announced today the launch of Gorman IP Law, an intellectual property firm that uses a proprietary strategic assessment process to help start-up and emerging companies leverage their intellectual property as a competitive tool and better plan for IP-related costs.

Drawing upon her experience as a scientist, a lawyer and a business owner, Dr. Gorman has witnessed first-hand the challenges companies face when the demands of the day-to-day operations keep them from fully leveraging their intellectual property. She created Gorman IP Law with the express purpose of helping innovators achieve the vision at the foundation of their businesses.

“San Diego is a city rich in innovation, but many companies simply aren’t doing enough to protect their greatest asset because they are focused on short-term issues,” said Dr. Gorman. “By identifying the innovation that’s at the core of their business, we ensure that companies engaged in ongoing development will protect their interests for the long run and maximize their profitability as the company grows. We work as part of a team to create and implement a comprehensive strategy tailored to our clients’ unique business needs.”

Gorman is starting the firm after a 13-year-career at the internationally recognized law firm of Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch LLP. The firm is located in the Del Mar Heights area of North County San Diego.

About Susan Gorman

A scientist at heart, Dr. Gorman received her Ph.D. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University. After several years of postdoctoral and industrial research, Dr. Gorman transitioned from bench science to patent law, working as a technical advisor and then as a patent agent for Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch (BSKB) while attending law school and eventually became a partner of the firm.

Her experience includes all aspects of patent prosecution, including prosecution of domestic and international patent applications, patent interferences, reexaminations, and patent appeals. She also has significant experience in counseling on patent validity and infringement issues and handling worldwide patent portfolios. Dr. Gorman has particular technical expertise in the fields of biotechnology (including plant biotechnology), biofuels and biofuel feedstocks, biochemistry, medicine and pharmaceuticals. In addition, Dr. Gorman prepares trademark clearance opinions as well as preparing and prosecuting trademark applications.

In the course of managing her clients’ portfolios, Dr. Gorman has developed a professional network with patent and trademark attorneys in Asia, Europe, and South America, particularly in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, and Brazil.

About Gorman IP Law, APC

Gorman IP Law helps companies leverage intellectual property assets to maintain a competitive advantage, to enhance market share, plan for growth and better manage resources and expenses. Through a proprietary process that analyzes Intellectual Property from both a legal and business perspective, businesses can transform their existing intellectual property into a powerful competitive tool and better position themselves to take advantage of ongoing innovation. For more information visit