Sam Orke, Patent Engineer


Sam Orke is a Patent Engineer in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Sam focuses his practice as a patent engineer 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's core technical experience is in the fields of chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, molecular biology, and biofuels. Prior to his career as a patent engineer, Sam worked as an engineer at Virent Energy Systems 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.

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Education and Honors

  • University of Wisconsin (B.S., with honors, 2016)
    • Degree: Chemical and Biological Engineering
    • Degree: Chemistry