Catherine VanEngelen is a patent agent in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. Catherine leverages her extensive science background to provide knowledge of chemical, biochemical, molecular biology and engineering related matters. 

Additionally, she works on searches, appeals, examiner interviews, continuation recommendations, claim and application drafting, U.S. and foreign prosecution, and infringement and validity assessments. 


  • Montana State University  (Ph.D., 2010)
    • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Washington State University  (M.S., 2005)
    • Chemical Engineering
  • Xavier University  (B.S., 2002)
    • Chemistry


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2013

Professional Activities

  • American Chemical Society 
  • Society for Women in Engineering 
  • American Society of Microbiologists 
  • Thermal Biology Institute at Montana State University
  • Society of Inland Northwest Environmental Scientists


Prior to joining the firm, Catherine was a patent agent at a Washington state law firm where she performed technical analyses in the engineering and computer software and hardware fields.