Myers Bigel Attorney, Duke Law Grad Laura Kelley Teaching Patent Class at Duke Law

Myers Bigel Attorney, Duke Law Grad Laura Kelley Teaching Patent Class at Duke Law
RALEIGH, N.C.--Myers Bigel, the largest independent patent law firm in the Carolinas, is pleased to announce that attorney Laura Kelley will be teaching the class “Patent Claim Drafting and Foundations of Patent Strategy” at the Duke University School of Law in the Spring 2019 semester. Kelley received her Juris Doctor, with high honors, from Duke Law in 2000.  This is her second semester teaching a Patent Claims Drafting Class, and she is looking forward to the opportunity to work with students again at her alma mater.

“Laura brings a wide breadth of patent experience to her clients in technologies ranging from medical devices to 3D printing,” Managing Partner Jim Cannon said, adding, “It’s exciting to see her bringing that same experience to the classroom to help mold the next generation of patent attorneys.”

Kelley has been a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law since 2017. While earning her J.D., she served as special projects editor for the Alaska Law Review, one of eight student-run journals at the school which was recently ranked as the 11th best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The Duke Law course focuses on patent claiming strategies and includes skill-oriented sessions and workshops to provide students with exposure to practical issues in patent prosecution practice.

Kelley leads the mechanical practice group at Myers Bigel and is also a member of the firm’s trademark practice.

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Kelley’s client portfolio includes startups, large companies, and universities, which she counsels on patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate issues, strategies for designing around third party patents, patent portfolio management, and filing strategies for both domestic and international protection. Kelley is also a member of the firm’s trademark practice, counseling clients on mark selection, clearance searching and prosecution.

She is a past Chair of the IP Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and has served as Co-Chair of the CLE Committee of the IP Section. Kelley received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the College of William and Mary, presenting a senior thesis in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for which she received highest honors.

Myers Bigel provides expertise in all intellectual property areas, including trademark and copyrights, as well as patents. Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia.

Myers Bigel is an intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with a stable continuity of counsel to produce quality patents that stand up to scrutiny. We are the largest independent patent law firm in the Carolinas, continually ranked among the top national firms by well-respected legal media and industry organizations. Our knowledgeable, vibrant team of attorneys with degreed technical experience successfully acquires, protects, enforces and defends patent assets and intellectual property in a variety of fields including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, mechanical and  trademark practice, as well as in litigation. Headquartered in Raleigh in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, with clients spanning the globe, we remain active in symposia, seminars, and continuing education efforts to further best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement. For more information on our high quality work visit