Paul Klecha, Associate

Establishing a solid legal foundation 

Paul Klecha began working with Patterson + Sheridan in 2017 as a summer associate. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School the following year, he joined the firm’s mechanical and chemical engineering practice group. During law school, Paul was active in several organizations, including the Intellectual Property Law Society and Student Bar Association. Additionally, he worked as an editor of the University’s legal publication, the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. Paul’s participation in these organizations and others provided him with a critical set of skills in communication and advocacy that continue to shape his growing practice today.

Paul first began honing his legal skills as a patent analyst at an IP research and consulting firm. This introduced him to patent searching and validity analysis within international markets. Next, he successfully completed an externship with the USPTO’s Office of Patent Legal Administration, where he worked side-by-side with legal advisors as they resolved issues affiliated with patent prosecution. Today, Paul prepares and prosecutes foreign and domestic patent applications for technologies related to chemicals, electronics and semiconductors.

Hands-on technical experience

Paul’s technical background further equipped him to handle the complex technologies that make up our client’s patent portfolios. In addition to an undergraduate biotechnology degree that concentrated on areas such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, genetic engineering, bioinformatics, agriculture and green energy, Paul also earned a graduate degree that intertwined the fields of business and science. This not only allowed him to delve deeper into biotechnology and genomics, but also gain the insight needed to translate scientific and technological ideas into commercial assets.

With two research assistant positions under his belt, Paul’s academic credentials are backed by hands-on laboratory experience. Most recently, he worked as a senior research associate at a biopharmaceutical company and conducted experiments for lead candidate selection and optimization. Paul’s time in the lab instilled a firm understanding of the drug discovery and pre-clinical stages of drug development, as well as the value of good IP protection in the process.

In his spare time, Paul likes to cycle, travel and taste local cuisine. He is also a sports fan and enjoys everything from soccer and hockey to Muay Thai. 

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 2018
  • MBS, Rutgers University, 2013
  • B.S., Biotechnology, Rutgers University, 2012

Special Honors

  • School of Environmental and Biological Sciences General Honors
  • National Science Foundation Biotechnology Scholar
  • Rutgers Scarlet Scholar
  • Edward J. Bloustein Scholar