Sonia Goel, Of Counsel

Houston, TX

O: (713) 623-4844

A business-savvy patent lawyer

Sonia Goel has over a decade of experience advising inventors and procuring and managing patents on their behalf. Before joining Patterson + Sheridan, Sonia managed her own intellectual property law practice and served as Senior Counsel at a previous firm, where she successfully represented independent inventors, startups and public companies. She has secured numerous U.S. and foreign utility and design patents in diverse technological areas, including software, hardware, mechanical devices, chemical manufacturing and clothing. As Of Counsel at Patterson + Sheridan, she primarily prepares and prosecutes software patent applications.

When developing a client’s IP strategy, Sonia’s approach is to make the most of their ideas and inventions. She does this by challenging the inventors to think outside the box and consider how competitors might use the disclosed technology. Throughout her career, Sonia has shown tremendous skill at integrating her clients’ technology with a solid business plan; she once managed, drafted and prosecuted numerous patents for a startup acquired in 2020 for more than $900 million. In addition, she successfully facilitated the six-figure private sale of a U.S. granted e-commerce patent.

A strong writer and researcher with chemical engineering experience

Sonia worked as a chemical engineer before becoming an IP attorney. Her technical work as an Environmental Consultant helped industrial plants and oil refineries calculate their air emissions and get in compliance with air permitting regulations. But, when it comes to her law practice, Sonia considers herself a generalist. The patents she has helped her clients secure run the gamut from computer networking and software apps to maternity clothing found at major retailers.

While pursuing her law degree, Sonia received a Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award in intellectual property and was an associate for the Santa Clara University School of Law’s Computer & High Technology Law Journal. She now leverages those writing skills to draft concise and compelling patent applications. Sonia also completed an externship with the U.S. Northern District Court of California during law school, which helped her sharpen the legal research skills she employs in her current practice. She makes a habit of staying attuned to industry trends and emerging technologies in order to best serve her clients.

Outside the office, Sonia enjoys hiking, listening to audiobooks and spending time with her kids. She speaks Hindi fluently.

Education

  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2010
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • B.A., Plan II Honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • California State Bar

Professional Affiliations

  • Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Austin Asian American Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association of Austin

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Volunteer

A business-savvy patent lawyer

Sonia Goel has over a decade of experience advising inventors and procuring and managing patents on their behalf. Before joining Patterson + Sheridan, Sonia managed her own intellectual property law practice and served as Senior Counsel at a previous firm, where she successfully represented independent inventors, startups and public companies. She has secured numerous U.S. and foreign utility and design patents in diverse technological areas, including software, hardware, mechanical devices, chemical manufacturing and clothing. As Of Counsel at Patterson + Sheridan, she primarily prepares and prosecutes software patent applications.

When developing a client’s IP strategy, Sonia’s approach is to make the most of their ideas and inventions. She does this by challenging the inventors to think outside the box and consider how competitors might use the disclosed technology. Throughout her career, Sonia has shown tremendous skill at integrating her clients’ technology with a solid business plan; she once managed, drafted and prosecuted numerous patents for a startup acquired in 2020 for more than $900 million. In addition, she successfully facilitated the six-figure private sale of a U.S. granted e-commerce patent.

A strong writer and researcher with chemical engineering experience

Sonia worked as a chemical engineer before becoming an IP attorney. Her technical work as an Environmental Consultant helped industrial plants and oil refineries calculate their air emissions and get in compliance with air permitting regulations. But, when it comes to her law practice, Sonia considers herself a generalist. The patents she has helped her clients secure run the gamut from computer networking and software apps to maternity clothing found at major retailers.

While pursuing her law degree, Sonia received a Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award in intellectual property and was an associate for the Santa Clara University School of Law’s Computer & High Technology Law Journal. She now leverages those writing skills to draft concise and compelling patent applications. Sonia also completed an externship with the U.S. Northern District Court of California during law school, which helped her sharpen the legal research skills she employs in her current practice. She makes a habit of staying attuned to industry trends and emerging technologies in order to best serve her clients.

Outside the office, Sonia enjoys hiking, listening to audiobooks and spending time with her kids. She speaks Hindi fluently.

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