Sam Orke is a Patent Agent in the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Sam focuses his practice as a patent agent on assisting clients in the area of intellectual property, assisting patent practitioners with preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications, and conducting patent searches. Sam also assists patent practitioners with matters outside of patent prosecution, including areas involving intellectual property litigation and freedom to operate.
Sam's core technical experience is in the fields of chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, molecular biology, and biofuels, but also regularly assists with obtaining patent protection for technology in the mechanical arts. Sam has broad experience in preparing, filing, and prosecuting utility applications in a wide array of technologies including:
- Chemicals, such as polyolefins, adhesives, wire and cable coating materials, nanomaterials, biofuels, cosmetics, food products, animal feed products, catalysts, and insect control formulations
- Therapeutics, such as modified natural products, new chemical entities, pharmaceutical formulations, and vaccines
- Biomaterials, such as biopolymers utilized as a material platform for photonics, optoelectronics, biomaterials engineering, drug delivery vehicles, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine
- Chemical Engineering, such as biofuel production, water purification, gas separation and production, and polymer extrusion
- Spectroscopy, such as MRI, NMR, and fluorescence
- Mechanical, such as medical devices, filtrations systems, batteries, tools and fasteners
Prior to his career as a patent agent, Sam worked as an engineer for an energy technology company, where he focused on developing new catalysts to convert plant-based materials into fuel and specialty chemicals. Sam also worked as an undergraduate researcher in the chemistry department for Professor Ronald T. Raines at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. As an undergraduate researcher, Sam worked in the areas of biophysics and chemical biology to investigate how noncovalent interactions can dictate the molecular confirmation, reactivity, and function of proteins in chemical and biological systems. Namely, he investigated the role and utility of a newly discovered noncovalent interaction, termed the "n→π* interaction" as it pertains to protein folding and function.
Education and Honors
- University of Wisconsin (B.S., with honors, 2016)
- Degree: Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Degree: Chemistry
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office