Sarah Kelly, ESQ. – Patent Counsel
Sarah Kelly serves the Firm in an of counsel role in the area of Patent prosecution, among other concentrations. Her practice areas include intellectual property protect, consumer protection, and employee representation. She graduated cum laude from Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s of Science in Genetics in only two and a half years. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in a laboratory studying variations in telomere-related genes in the Arabidopsis thaliana plant. She then studied gene therapy at UT Health in Houston performing rotations in three laboratories studying knockdown efficiency of various miRNA fragments for PCSK9 in mice, worked to establish an immortal cell line comprising Type II epithelial cells, and measuring the immune response caused by an experimental lipoprotein delivery system.
Sarah decided to move into the legal field and out of the lab in 2010 to better support the inventors she previously worked beside. She self-studied for the patent bar exam, passing on her first administration, becoming a patent agent in 2011. Shortly after, she joined Polasek, Quisenberry, and Errington PLLC working to draft patent applications and perform legal analysis during patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation. She enjoyed the many challenges that arose in the legal field and decided to become an attorney. Sarah began attending law school part-time while still handing the full-time responsibilities at her position with the firm. She left the firm with one of the partners, Douglas H. Elliott, to establish a new firm called The Elliott Law Firm. She graduated from the University of Houston Law Center cum laude, and shortly after became licensed to practice law in Texas.
Sarah found working with individual inventors more fulfilling than working with employees and legal departments of large companies, but she recognized that individual inventors and small companies did not always have the funds to pay boutique firm prices. She decided to strike out on her own and opened a practice aimed towards serving small business owners and consumers. Sarah applied for and was accepted into the inaugural cohort of attorneys in the state bar’s Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator after a competitive admission process. The program provides the cohort with substantial practice resources including connecting the new attorneys with mentors and other resources for learning the finer points of their field of choice. After completing the program in October 2018, Sarah intends to continue being a part of the program as a mentor for new attorneys that are accepted in later attorney cohorts.