Jessica Kostyo, Technical Advisor

Waco, TX

O: 832-850-2873

An organic chemist with a knack for explaining complex subjects

Jessica Kostyo is a technical advisor in the firm’s Waco office, where she collaborates with the firm’s attorneys to protect client’s intellectual property. Drawing on her extensive chemistry background, Jessica assists with patent preparation and prosecution for biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical applications. She interned with the firm in 2023, supporting clients on chemical and oil and gas projects.

Prior to joining Patterson + Sheridan full-time, Jessica earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Baylor University. Often “living her life by serendipity,” Jessica realized in the fourth year of her program that she enjoys reading about science and translating it for others more than being in the research lab herself. When she discovered patent law, she knew it was a great fit.

While completing her Ph.D., Jessica researched organic synthesis, cell biology and bioconjugation, and halogenation reactions. She completed her thesis on the design, synthesis and activation of prodrugs of the sulfonamide drug TAK-242 for localized immunosuppression, focusing on new delivery methods for an anti-inflammatory drug during organ transplants. She also taught undergraduate laboratory courses, such as general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry and bio-physical chemistry. All of these experiences have honed her ability to work with others and synthesize information, skills she applies to her client work today.

An “optimistic cheerleader” for her clients

Having taught and mentored students throughout her Ph.D. candidacy, Jessica understands the importance of attention to detail and has given numerous presentations at professional conferences and to her local community. When working with attorneys drafting patent applications, she fearlessly breaks down difficult topics into easy-to-understand terms, improving collaboration with lawyers and inventors alike.

Jessica describes herself as an “optimistic cheerleader” rooted in hard science but who enjoys finding the magic in everyday situations. She’s a patient, thoughtful technical advisor eager to learn from inventors and help them protect their work. Jessica earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Baylor University and her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Louisville. She is a member of the American Chemistry Society.

Outside of the office, Jessica spends her time reading — both hard science and fantasy, specifically anything with dragons. In fact, she loves telling others about her very own pet “dragon,” a bearded dragon named after Mort from the Throne of Glass novel series.

Education

  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Baylor University, 2023
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Louisville, magna cum laude, 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • Member: American Chemistry Society

Special Honors

  • The American Chemistry Society Outstanding Graduate in Chemistry, 2017
  • The American Institute of Chemists Award for Chemistry, 2017

An organic chemist with a knack for explaining complex subjects

Jessica Kostyo is a technical advisor in the firm’s Waco office, where she collaborates with the firm’s attorneys to protect client’s intellectual property. Drawing on her extensive chemistry background, Jessica assists with patent preparation and prosecution for biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical applications. She interned with the firm in 2023, supporting clients on chemical and oil and gas projects.

Prior to joining Patterson + Sheridan full-time, Jessica earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Baylor University. Often “living her life by serendipity,” Jessica realized in the fourth year of her program that she enjoys reading about science and translating it for others more than being in the research lab herself. When she discovered patent law, she knew it was a great fit.

While completing her Ph.D., Jessica researched organic synthesis, cell biology and bioconjugation, and halogenation reactions. She completed her thesis on the design, synthesis and activation of prodrugs of the sulfonamide drug TAK-242 for localized immunosuppression, focusing on new delivery methods for an anti-inflammatory drug during organ transplants. She also taught undergraduate laboratory courses, such as general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry and bio-physical chemistry. All of these experiences have honed her ability to work with others and synthesize information, skills she applies to her client work today.

An “optimistic cheerleader” for her clients

Having taught and mentored students throughout her Ph.D. candidacy, Jessica understands the importance of attention to detail and has given numerous presentations at professional conferences and to her local community. When working with attorneys drafting patent applications, she fearlessly breaks down difficult topics into easy-to-understand terms, improving collaboration with lawyers and inventors alike.

Jessica describes herself as an “optimistic cheerleader” rooted in hard science but who enjoys finding the magic in everyday situations. She’s a patient, thoughtful technical advisor eager to learn from inventors and help them protect their work. Jessica earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Baylor University and her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Louisville. She is a member of the American Chemistry Society.

Outside of the office, Jessica spends her time reading — both hard science and fantasy, specifically anything with dragons. In fact, she loves telling others about her very own pet “dragon,” a bearded dragon named after Mort from the Throne of Glass novel series.



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