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Meet Deepa Mishra, first graduate of the Masters in Patent Practice program

Meet Deepa Mishra, first graduate of the Masters in Patent Practice program

Friday, May 20, 2016  /  Rate this article:
Deepa Mishra is a biomedical engineer by trade.  A Michigan native and Midwesterner at heart, Mishra’s
pursuit of higher learning took her from Duke University in North Carolina, to Utah where she earned her PhD, and to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas as a post-doctoral fellow. Her marriage brought her to Ohio, but an ad in The Daily led her to the newly launched Masters in Patent Practice program at
Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

The Masters in Patent Practice (MPP) program is designed to build on the education and experience of students like Mishra. Targeting individuals with undergraduate degrees in engineering, computer science, or a physical or biological degree, the MPP program trains students to file, prepare and
prosecute patent applications.

Mishra saw the program as a great fit. “I’m very appreciative for the opportunity to go through the Masters in Patent Practice program,” she said. “It’s a phenomenal program for students like me, and highly complementary to the existing programs at the law school.”

In just one year, Mishra completed the MPP program, taking classes that would prepare her for an exciting career as a patent agent. Her courses were divided into two parts – the writing of patent applications and an in-depth review of the process patent applications go through once submitted. She
learned from several instructors, including Judge O’Hearn, formerly with the Patent and Trademark Appeals Board, who gave insights on crafting stronger patent applications to help with the litigation, appeals board and review processes.

It was her experiential learning that led to her securing her first job as an intellectual property analyst before she graduated.  Working with Professor Ted Theofrastous, his law office and Akron Children’s Hospital, Mishra assisted in the setup of a Technology Transfer Office at the hospital. She worked on and off site, helping innovative nurses, doctors and surgeons as they created the tools of tomorrow to impact the treatment and recovery of children in need of medical care.

Mishra excelled and her work caught the eye of Professor Theofrastous, who offered her a position as an IP and Commercialization Analyst with The Law Offices of T.C. Theofrastous, ltd. After a short break
following graduation, she continued her work with Akron Children’s Hospital in June. Using both her PhD in biomedical engineering and the skills she developed in the MPP program, Mishra is working closely with inventors at Akron Children’s Hospital to bring their ideas from conception to reality by advising them on patent documentation, identifying commercialization partners and analyzing the viability of the inventions.

For Professor Craig Nard, Director of the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, Mishra serves a model for future members of the program. “We’re very proud of Deepa. As a student, she excelled at every opportunity. She is incredibly bright and continually impressed us. I can’t imagine a better person to have as our first graduate.”


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