T. Benjamin “Ben” Schroeder, Ph.D., Esq. — Patent, Trademark and Copyright Attorney | Gearhart Law

T. Benjamin “Ben” Schroeder, Ph.D., Esq.

Of Counsel


  • Over 20 years of diverse patent experience, working as an examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office and as an agent and attorney in law firms
  • Patent Application examining, searching, preparation and prosecution: small molecule chemistry, biologics, biochemistry, polymers, molecular biology, semiconductors, medical devices, and mechanical applications
  • Opinions and client counseling: freedom-to-operate, patentability, infringement, legal/patent strategies for maintaining IP portfolios
  • Patent litigation: legal research, motions, supporting briefs, argued many times in front of Board of Appeals and Interferences including Post Grant Reviews and Inter Partes Review at the USPTO
  • Due Diligence studies
  • Supervision and training of subordinates and teaching clients


George Mason University School of Law
Arlington, VA
Juris Doctor 2001
Intellectual Property Tract
Received Awards for Highest Grades in Copyright and International Patent Law

University of Rochester
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 1997-1998
Advisor: Steven Pascal

University of Arizona
Rochester, NY
Tucson, AZ
Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry in the Chemistry Department, 1997
Dissertation Title: Indirect Detection of 77Se, 119Sn and 125Te by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Advisor: Richard S. Glass

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Science Biochemistry 1986 Bachelor of Science Molecular Biology 1986



Patent Attorney 2013 to present Ben Schroeder Law, PLLC

Patent Attorney 2011 to 2013 Leak & Schroeder, PLLC

Patent Attorney 2005 to 2011 Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton, LLP (previously Kilpatrick Stockton)

Patent Attorney 2002 to 2004 Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB)

Patent Agent/Technical Advisor 2001 to 2002 BSKB

Patent Examiner 1999 to 2000 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Art Units 1611/1624

Postdoctoral Fellowship 1997 to 1998 Advisor: Steven Pascal University of Rochester

Graduate Research Fellow 1990 to 1997 Advisor: Richard Glass University of Arizona

Graduate Research Fellowship in NMR Advisor: Neil Jacobsen

1994 to 1996 University of Arizona

Graduate Teaching Fellow 1990 to 1994 Supervisor: Steven Brown University of Arizona

U.S. Peace Corps
Gamboula, Central African Republic 
Volunteer Extension Agent

  • Worked with farmers in aquaculture with Tilapia nilotica.
  • Worked with farmers in apiculture.



1987 to 1989

Block E., Birringer, M., DeOrazio, R., Fabian, J, Glass, R.S., Guo, C., He, C., Lorance, E., Qian, Q., Schroeder, T.B., Shan, Z., Thiruvazhi, M., Wilson, G.S., and Zhang, X.; Synthesis, Properties, Oxidation, and Electrochemistry of 1,2-Dichalcogenins. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 122, 5052, (2000).

Knothe, G., Glass, R. S., Schroeder, T. B., Bagby, M. O; Reaction of Isolated Double Bonds with Selenium Dioxide/ Hydrogen Peroxide. Formation and Characterization of Novel Selenite Esters. Synthesis, 57, (1997).

Glass, R. S.; Pollard, J. R.; Schroeder, T.B.; Lichtenberger, D. L.; Block, E.; DeOrazio, R.; Guo, C.; Spectroscopic, Theoretical and Electrochemical Studies of 1,2-Dithiins. Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon, 120/121, 439, (1997).

Block, E.; Glass, R. S.; DeOrazio, R.; Lichtenberger, D. L.; Pollard, J. R.; Russell, E. E.; Schroeder, T.B.; Thiruvazhi M.; Toscano, P. J.; Significant Intramolecular Sulfur-Sulfur Interactions in cis- and trans-2,3-Dimethyl-5,6-dithiabicyclo(2.1.1)hexane. Synlett, 525, (1997).

Kaminski, R., Glass, R.S., Schroeder, T.B., Michalski, J., and Skowroska, A.; Monoselenophosphate; Its Hydrolysis and Ability to Phosphorylate Alcohols and Amines. Bioorganic Chemistry, 25, 247, (1997).

Schroeder, T.B., Job, C., Brown, M.F., Glass, R.S., You, N., Block, E.; 21H-{125}Te Indirect Detection in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra of Organotellurium Compounds. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 35, 752, (1997).

Farooqui, F., Sabahi, M., Schroeder, T.B., and Glass, R.S., Synthesis and NMR Spectroscopic Analysis of a Conformationally Constrained Selenolactone. Scientia Iranica, 4, 121, (1997).

Schroeder, T.B., Job, C., Brown, M.F., Glass, R.S.; Glass Indirect Detection of Selenium-77 in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra of Organoselenium Compounds. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 33, 191, (1995).



Cahoon, S.A., Wooten, A.L., Bailey, R.A., Schroeder, T.B., Grab, L.T., Protecting the Validity of Your Pharmaceutical Patents After KSR, 01 May 2009 BIO International Convention.

Kristin Mallatt Crall, Brenda O. Holmes, Charles W. Calkins, Larry Roberts, Christopher M. Durkee, T. Benjamin Schroeder; Federal Circuit issues important patent term adjustment ruling; Association of Corporate Council website, published January 11, 2010.

Leak, Frank L, and Benjamin Schroeder, Myriad Genetics: It’s Now Up to the Supremes, Intellectual Property Law Section website for the North Carolina Bar, published March 8, 2012.

Taught and lectured clients during BSKB’s summer training program and Advanced Training Program on claim construction, chemical patent practice, biotechnology patent practice, documenting dates of invention, double patenting, and utility.

Presented lectures to members of Firm (BSKB and Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton) on many aspects of patent law.



Member of Piedmont Opera Board of Directors since 2007
Head of Legal and Personnel committee for Piedmont Opera since 2009
Member of IPO since 2008 and member of Pharmaceutical committee since 2008 Member of AIPLA since 2001
Member of Board of the School for Exceptional Children since 2011
Named Legal Elite by Business North Carolina Magazine 2011 and 2012
Named Super Lawyer 2019



Fluent in French and Sango and proficient in various computer languages. Working knowledge of other languages such as Spanish, Italian and German.



North Carolina (2007), Virginia (2002), and United States Patent and Trademark Office (2001)

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