Michelle M. Chatelain

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Ms. Michelle M. Chatelain, Patent Attorney, joined the Keaty Patent Firm in 2015 and plays an active role in the firm’s patent and trademark prosecution. Michelle especially enjoys working directly with new inventors and business owners to establish strong, protectable positions on their I.P. portfolios, and has successfully prosecuted dozens of patent and trademark applications in the short time since she joined the firm.

After graduating from Tulane Law School in 2013, Michelle worked for a patent litigation boutique in Washington, D.C., representing clients like Barnes & Noble, Gap, and Pier 1 in winning patent infringement trials at the district court and appellate level. Since returning to New Orleans in 2015, Michelle has continued defending clients, successfully, in trademark litigation and in patent and trademark prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

With a chemistry degree, magna cum laude, from Loyola University, Michelle specializes in medical and chemical patents. Michelle is also an accomplished author, and has published several articles on recent developments in copyright law, including “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Copyright Law: Fan Fiction, Derivative Works, and the Fair Use Doctrine” (Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property), and “Copyright Protection of a Garden: Kelley v. Chicago Park District Holds that Gardens are Not Artwork Subject to Intellectual Property Protection” (Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property).

A New Orleans native, Michelle received her chemistry degree from Loyola University New Orleans, and received her law degree from Tulane University. Michelle is admitted to the Louisiana and Texas state bars, and is additionally registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.