Pat Sweeney is an intellectual property attorney with over 25 years of experience. She specializes in biotechnology and advises start-ups and established companies on intellectual property matters, including development of intellectual property strategy; development of in-house systems, integration of international intellectual property issues, freedom-to-operate analysis, review and analysis of competitors’ intellectual property positions, coordination of research planning with intellectual property issues, review of opportunities for patent protection, intellectual property portfolio planning, review of contracts, training, as well as providing patent prosecution of national and international biotechnology inventions.
Prior to having her own practice, she was the Chief Patent Counsel at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Before working for Pioneer, she practiced with a private intellectual property law firm focusing on patent prosecution and litigation. Ms. Sweeney received her J.D. with honors in 1984 from Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. She was admitted to the Iowa Bar in1984 and the Patent Bar in 1987. She is admitted to practice in the Northern and Southern Federal District Courts of Iowa and before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Sweeney has a B.S. from Iowa State University with a double major in Botany and Journalism/Mass Communications.