Thomas D. Kiselak, Associate

Waco, TX

Dallas, TX

O: (972) 646-2649

A knowledgeable chemist

Tom Kiselak equates his work as a registered patent attorney to that of a translator. His easy, personable demeanor helps the entrepreneurs and inventors he advises open up about their inventions and consider them from new perspectives. Meanwhile, his technical insight enables him to convert their ideas into compelling, comprehensive patent applications. His core work at Patterson + Sheridan focuses on assisting clients with preparing and prosecuting patents in the technical areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemical engineering, clean technologies, industrial products, oil and gas services, medical devices, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and procedures associated therewith.

As a patent attorney, Tom has helped secure patent applications for various inventions and processes, including small-molecule pharmaceuticals, medical instrumentation, gene editing, peptide-tagged nanoparticles, drug delivery systems, analytical instrumentation, and machine-learning software. He is well-versed in preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications, invalidity and noninfringement opinions, IP due diligence, client counseling, inter partes reviews (IPRs) and post-grant reviews (PGRs).

Tom has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and five years of research experience in small molecular pharmaceuticals, organic synthetic reactions, proteomics, biochemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, mass spectrometry, imaging, spectroscopy, and drug delivery. During his research, he synthesized and characterized 50+ opioid analogs to produce a database for law enforcement to source synthetic routes and impurities. He also developed a transdermal drug delivery system for low bioavailable small-molecule pharmaceuticals. His vast chemistry knowledge and research experience enables him to work with many inventors to understand their products and better guide them through the patent process.

A successful inventor and educator

Tom’s devotion to IP law stems from his passion for innovation. He is a self-professed “eclectic inventor” and once designed, built, and optimized a novel breathalyzer mass spectrometer and its corresponding software for the University of North Texas. He worked with an attorney to draft the university’s patent application for the device, which is now patented and used for the forensic and pharmaceutical analysis of individual breath profiles. Specifically, it can detect if a person has COVID-19 within 90 seconds. This experience introduced him to patent law and solidified his career path.

Throughout his technical and legal career, Tom has always sought opportunities to share his love of chemistry, engineering, and IP law with other professionals. He currently serves on the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Education and Professional Development Committee. In that role, Tom mentors undergraduate and graduate students who want to pursue a career in STEM. He loves sharing the story of his professional journey to inform students about non-academic career paths rooted in the hard sciences, like IP law. He strives to build confidence in aspiring young IP professionals and enjoys helping students enter the field.

In his free time, Tom enjoys golfing, cooking, and improving his community. He coaches various youth sports in his free time and enjoys helping individuals grow both on the field and off the field.

Education

  • J.D., University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, 2023
  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of North Texas, 2020
  • B.S., Neuroscience and Biochemistry, University of Scranton, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • State Bar of Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Member of the Committee for Education and Professional Development
  • American Chemistry Society
  • American Society for Mass Spectrometry

A knowledgeable chemist

Tom Kiselak equates his work as a registered patent attorney to that of a translator. His easy, personable demeanor helps the entrepreneurs and inventors he advises open up about their inventions and consider them from new perspectives. Meanwhile, his technical insight enables him to convert their ideas into compelling, comprehensive patent applications. His core work at Patterson + Sheridan focuses on assisting clients with preparing and prosecuting patents in the technical areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemical engineering, clean technologies, industrial products, oil and gas services, medical devices, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and procedures associated therewith.

As a patent attorney, Tom has helped secure patent applications for various inventions and processes, including small-molecule pharmaceuticals, medical instrumentation, gene editing, peptide-tagged nanoparticles, drug delivery systems, analytical instrumentation, and machine-learning software. He is well-versed in preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications, invalidity and noninfringement opinions, IP due diligence, client counseling, inter partes reviews (IPRs) and post-grant reviews (PGRs).

Tom has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and five years of research experience in small molecular pharmaceuticals, organic synthetic reactions, proteomics, biochemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, mass spectrometry, imaging, spectroscopy, and drug delivery. During his research, he synthesized and characterized 50+ opioid analogs to produce a database for law enforcement to source synthetic routes and impurities. He also developed a transdermal drug delivery system for low bioavailable small-molecule pharmaceuticals. His vast chemistry knowledge and research experience enables him to work with many inventors to understand their products and better guide them through the patent process.

A successful inventor and educator

Tom’s devotion to IP law stems from his passion for innovation. He is a self-professed “eclectic inventor” and once designed, built, and optimized a novel breathalyzer mass spectrometer and its corresponding software for the University of North Texas. He worked with an attorney to draft the university’s patent application for the device, which is now patented and used for the forensic and pharmaceutical analysis of individual breath profiles. Specifically, it can detect if a person has COVID-19 within 90 seconds. This experience introduced him to patent law and solidified his career path.

Throughout his technical and legal career, Tom has always sought opportunities to share his love of chemistry, engineering, and IP law with other professionals. He currently serves on the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Education and Professional Development Committee. In that role, Tom mentors undergraduate and graduate students who want to pursue a career in STEM. He loves sharing the story of his professional journey to inform students about non-academic career paths rooted in the hard sciences, like IP law. He strives to build confidence in aspiring young IP professionals and enjoys helping students enter the field.

In his free time, Tom enjoys golfing, cooking, and improving his community. He coaches various youth sports in his free time and enjoys helping individuals grow both on the field and off the field.



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