Connie Pielech

People

Title: Patent Agent
Qualifications: U.S. Patent Agent

Location: Houston

pielech@oshaliang.com

PRACTICE AREAS AND INDUSTRIES SERVED

Connie Pielech’s practice emphasizes domestic and foreign patent prosecution (including utility and design patents) in the fields of chemical/refinery processes and equipment, oilfield processes and equipment, and pharmaceutical industries.

EXPERIENCE

Ms. Pielech’s experience includes patent prosecution in the chemical and mechanical arts, both in the U.S., PCT and many foreign jurisdictions. She has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in various chemical and mechanical fields, including, but not limited to, polymer chemistry, refinery chemistry, wastewater systems, and downhole apparatus and fluids. She has also drafted and prosecuted design patent applications and assisted in the investigation of potentially infringing articles.  Additionally, she has assisted in the preparation of non-infringement and invalidity opinions and performed freedom to operate analysis.  Recently, Ms. Pielech has also drafted and filed post-grant proceedings, including supplementary examination requests and reissue patent applications.

Prior to becoming a patent agent, Ms. Pielech was a chemical process engineer for Exxon and Fluor Daniel, working primarily in refining operations and polyolefin plant design.

EDUCATION

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University (1990)

ADMISSIONS

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Costs Under AIA,” American Chemical Society’s 244th Nationa Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2012)
  • “I Need a Patent, and I Need It ASAP,” American Chemical Society’s Fall 2011 242nd National Meeting and Exposition, Denver, Colorado (2011)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Chemical Society