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Former Birch Stewart attorney launches own IP firm

Susan Gorman. Photo courtesy of Gorman IP Law

Susan Gorman announced Tuesday she is launching Gorman IP Law, an intellectual property firm that "uses a proprietary strategic assessment process to help start-up and emerging companies leverage their intellectual property as a competitive tool."

Drawing upon her experience as a scientist, a lawyer and a business owner, Gorman has witnessed first-hand the challenges companies face when the demands of the day-to-day operations keep them from fully leveraging their intellectual property.

She created Gorman IP Law with the express purpose of helping innovators achieve the vision at the foundation of their businesses.

“San Diego is a city rich in innovation, but many companies simply aren’t doing enough to protect their greatest asset because they are focused on short-term issues,” she said. “By identifying the innovation that’s at the core of their business, we ensure that companies engaged in ongoing development will protect their interests for the long run and maximize their profitability as the company grows.

"We work as part of a team to create and implement a comprehensive strategy tailored to our clients’ unique business needs.”

Gorman is starting the firm after a 13-year-career at the law firm of Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch LLP.

Gorman received her Ph.D. in biology from Case Western Reserve University.

After several years of postdoctoral and industrial research, Gorman transitioned from bench science to patent law, working as a technical advisor and then as a patent agent for Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch while attending law school and eventually became a partner of the firm.

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