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Heather Chatterton, patent agent at Patterson Thuente IP

Heather S. Chatterton

Heather Chatterton is a USPTO registered patent agent with experience in biotechnology, computers and software. In her role at Patterson Thuente IP, she conducts research, assists with patent drafting and handles other prosecution-related tasks. Heather’s technical experience includes plant gene editing, sequencing, transformation and proof of concept, including direct experience with TALEN® technology to up-regulate genes for agribusiness uses. 

Before joining Patterson Thuente, Heather worked for IBM Corporation for four years as a patent agent. She worked independently to draft and prosecute patents in technologies ranging from cognitive computing to business methods and related applications and software. She also served as a patent legal assistant for a startup software company and interned for the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization as a technology specialist.

Heather also previously served six years with U.S. Navy as a reactor systems mechanic aboard the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier. Her service included qualification as both a propulsion plant supervisor and quality assurance supervisor for the ship’s high pressure, high temperature, and reactor systems.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., anticipated May 2021
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Masters of Science and Patent Law, 2015
  • University of Minnesota College of Biological Science, B.S., Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, 2014


  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Qualified Neutral under MN Rule 114