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Karen L. Orzechowski, J.D.
Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

District of Columbia

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


J.D. (1985)
George Washington University

Patent Academy (1982)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

B.S. (1980)
University of Maryland (Chemical Engineering)

Karen L. Orzechowski, J.D.

Patent Attorney


Practice Focus

Karen Orzechowski is a Registered Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Orzechowski’s patent practice focuses on U.S. and international patent prosecution, patent litigation, opinion, patentability, infringement, due diligence, and freedom to operate. Ms. Orzechowski also practices trademark, copyright and trade secret matters.

Ms. Orzechowski has represented the following patent, trademark and legal matters:

  • Chemical (dental bleaching composition and method that includes laser enhancing particles and pH modifier, process for producing high density polyethylene (HDPE) that is suitable for blow moulding of household and industrial containers (HIC))
  • Information Systems (A process for operating an automatic emergency device for a pilot seat ejection system using a microprocessor, or other on-board computer, and avionic sensors to sense an irreversible catastrophic or dangerous situation, method of passively determining the depth of a spatial or temporal anomaly occurring beneath the terrain or water surface of the earth and in the vicinity of a location of interest)
  • Business Methods (advertising system for displaying images on a series of offset stationary vertical surfaces using a plurality of substrates, each having a layer of printed indicia on a surface thereof in combination with the series of offset stationary vertical surfaces to provide a desired overall visual image
  • Licensing and Enforcement (licensing and commercialization of technology, protection and enforcement of IP rights, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, monitoring of competitor’s patent filings)
  • International Law (analysis of international transactions, compliance of U.S. and International treaties, including the Patriot Act)

  • Mechanical (An automatic emergency device actuation/release system for an aircraft, optical components capable of coupling the radiation into and out of the optical fibers, pillow securing device for hospital bed, electrode holder for electrical discharge machining (EDM) processes)
  • Biomedical device, assays and treatments (hypodermic syringe with retractable needle mount, method for cementing an implant into bone by placing an auto-polymerizing cement, novel antibody that is used in immunoassays of components reflecting body fluid levels of 5-hydroxytryptophol, assay method for the detection of cardiovascular disease, treatment of tumors by arginine deprivation)
  • Industrial Processes (Optical; photonic; and optoelectronic materials; metals and metallurgy; light-emitting devices; ceramics; semiconductor materials; surface chemistry; nanoscale materials, including nanotube science, biomedical materials, composites, and building materials)
  • Trademark (registration of trademarks, service marks, trade dress, collective marks, collective marks, certification marks, business names, logos, slogans, domain names, product packaging and configuration, and website design)
  • Litigation and Arbitration (litigation at state and federal courts and administrative proceedings at the U.S. Customs, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and International Trade Commission, and alternative dispute resolutions)


Ms. Orzechowski has combined her natural strength with technologies and her in-depth training in intellectual property law in a successful manner. Her commitment to excellence is manifested in her drive to attend and graduate from law school while working full-time as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ms. Orzechowski has been profiled in the feature story "Women in Intellectual Property Law," in Patent World as a senior female intellectual property attorney with an extensive international practice. She is always happy to share her valuable personal insights with colleagues and friends.

Ms. Orzechowski and her husband are proud parents of their three children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading about the history of Maryland and the current events in Europe.

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