Todd Ostomel helps entrepreneurs and inventors develop patent and trade secret portfolios for protecting and monetizing inventions and ideas in the fields of organic and inorganic chemistry, energy storage, biotechnology and materials science.

    Todd focuses on patent prosecution and portfolio management, patent opinions, due diligence, and trade secret counseling. Todd has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting US and international patent applications for small and large molecules, ceramics, rechargeable batteries, biofuels, diagnostic methods, treatment methods, chemical processes, LEDs, polymorphs, photovoltaics, food products, and machine learning technology.

    His clients appreciate his ability to understand the technical details of their inventions, as well as the legal issues relevant to their business goals, both of which are requisites for building valuable patent and trade secret portfolios.

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    • In-house counsel for an electrochemical device start-up.
    • Inventor of patented wound-healing materials sold worldwide.


    • University of California, Davis, J.D., 2009
    • University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D., 2006
    • University of California at Berkeley, B.S., 2001


    • California, 2009
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2008

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    • Speaker, “Communicating Science to a Broad Audience,” 2018 STC Directors Meeting, Berkeley, California, August 21-22, 2018.
    • Speaker, “A Portfolio of Protections: Using IP Strategically,” Intellectual Property & the Law 2018 Symposium, Davis, California, April 6, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Battery Patent Claims Reciting Scientific Information: The Now Heightened Definiteness Requirement,” PlugVolt July 2017, Battery Seminar, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 18, 2017.
    • Speaker, “The Heightened Definiteness Requirement and Patent Claims Reciting Scientific Information,” American Chemical Society Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 2017.
    • Speaker, “Patents and Trade Secrets for Grid Storage,” PlugVolt July 2016 Battery Seminar, Detroit, Michigan, July 27, 2016.
    • Speaker, “Challenges & Experiences in Commercializing Materials-Based Technologies,” Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, October 7, 2014.

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