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Karen L. Orzechowski, J.D.
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Karen L. Orzechowski, J.D.

Patent Attorney


Professional Profile

Bar Admission

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • District of Columbia (1989)
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (1984)


  • J.D. (1985)
    George Washington University

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

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


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Japanese

Professional Experience

  • Former Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Former attorney at Lyon & Lyon, Nath & Associates, Alston & Bird, Liniak, Berenato & White, IP Law Specialists, Farkas & Barry, Orzechowski & Barry, and Orzechowski IP Law Group.

Professional Membership

  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    • Committee activities in IP Practice in Japan, IP Practice in Far East, IP Practice in Latin America, International Education, Chemical Practice, Membership and Women in IP Law
  • American Bar Association
    • Former Chairperson for the Subcommittee on International Comparative Biotechnology
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
    • Former Officer of the National Capital Section
  • Creamer Dickson Basford
    • Former Director of Government Relations

Presentations and Publications

  • Presented lectures before organizations and universities on intellectual property law in U.S. and foreign countries, such as Japan and Taiwan, on subjects from licensing transactions, to patent preparation and prosecution, trade secret protection, and the development of an intellectual property portfolio.
  • Co-Authored, with Professor Elias G. Carayannis of George Washington University's School of Business and Public Management and Dr. Jeffrey Alexander, “From Intellectual Property to Intellectual Capital: A Global Perspective, Issues of Enforcement, Harmonization, and Royalty Stream Maximization”.
  • Contributor to column on chemical patent practice
  • Writer for legal and technical publications on IP issues.
  • Member of Board of Editors, American Lawyer Media’s Patent Strategy & Management
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