Merchant & Gould P.C.
191 Peachtree St NE Ste 3800
Atlanta, GA 30303
With eleven years' experience developing and commercializing products as an engineer at 3M, Loretta understands firsthand which questions to ask inventors when she's drafting patent applications and how to best highlight the unique details that set the invention apart.
Loretta practices intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, patent litigation and preparation of opinions on patentability and validity. She has experience in the mechanical and chemical arts.
As an engineer at 3M, Loretta has developed and commercialized many products and has knowledge in a breadth of technology areas, including micro reflective lens, adhesives, nonwovens, and micro replication. She was the leader of a team that received a Golden Step Award, the most prestigious award given for commercializing a product satisfying over $10 million in sales within 3 years. As a developer and leader, she has helped draft extensive records of invention to prepare patent applications. She has drafted art matrices and helped structure claims in utility applications. She has also worked on the filing of seven design patents and aligned patents with products for patent marking purposes.
Loretta works with the Volunteer Lawyer's Network doing housing court for low-income clients in need of legal advice. She also volunteers with LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) assisting inventors in obtaining a patent.
Loretta is a black belt candidate in Tae Kwon Do, which she started with her son during law school. She also enjoys shooting at the gun range, working out, and attending her son's sports and extracurricular activities.
Practice AreasLitigation, Chemical & Life Sciences, Mechanical
Industrial Chemistry, Shooting Sports
EducationWilliam Mitchell College of Law
Minnesota Justice Foundation Pro Bono Recognition
Florida A&M University
B.S. Chemical Engineering Cum Laude 2000
Tau Beta Pi