Jessica Harrison



Bar and Court Admissions
New Hampshire Bar
US District Court, New Hampshire
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law (current)
United States Patent and Trademark Office (25 years)

  • Supervisory Patent Examiner, CRU (Reexam Specialist)
  • Special Programs Examiner (Tech Center SME for special law cases, reexams, reissues, petitions, and interferences)
  • Training Primary Examiner
  • Supervisory Patent Examiner
  • Primary Patent Examiner

University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.,
Certificate in Intellectual Property
Named Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Scholar
University of South Carolina, M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Master’s Thesis: Measurement of Field Effect Transistor Parameters for SPICE Simulations University of South Carolina, B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Honorable Pauline Newman American Inn of Court
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
New Hampshire Bar Association

Ms. Harrison’s practice focuses on all aspects of strategic patent advising, patent prosecution, patent correction, and post-grant patent litigation.  Ms. Harrison brings her extensive 30 years of patent practice experience and broad technical aptitude to assist clients by providing patent applications drafting and full prosecution services.  Ms. Harrison also advises and implements patent correction strategies via Reissue applications and/or Reexamination proceedings and Ms. Harrison assists clients with Post-Grant Proceeding matters. Ms. Harrison also advises and solutions patentable subject matter impasses and conduct patent examiner interviews.

Drawing upon her 25 years of USPTO experience, Ms. Harrison conducts independent prosecution file history forensic analysis for diligence, litigation, or valuation reports. Ms. Harrison also conducts prior art research and renders legal opinions such as pre-examination patentability opinions, infringement opinions, patent validity opinions, and post-grant patentability opinions.

Ms. Harrison also serves as adjunct faculty for the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s innovative online Patent Practice and Procedures II course. In the course, students from around the globe build on their basic intellectual property and claim drafting skills by learning the law, regulations, customs, and practices for interfacing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Students simulate the patent prosecution experience by drafting a complete patent application and claims as well as multiple Office action responses. Students gain facility with client communications and invention interviews, USPTO forms and filing practices, patent application drafting best practices, and persuasive Office action responses.

Ms. Harrison previously worked at one of the largest law firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on IP law where she gained expertise in patent post-grant litigation and patent prosecution. There, Ms. Harrison was often sought after by various patent stakeholders such as attorneys, agents, and clients for her specialized expertise on aspects of USPTO regulations and practices including patent Reissue, Reexamination and Interference practice.

Additionally, Ms. Harrison served over 24 years at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Early in her career, she examined applications in electronic games and amusement devices, electronic education devices, computer based training systems, and electrical exercising devices. She also worked examining electrical medical instrumentation including cardiac pacing devices and endoscopic devices. Later, Ms. Harrison served in a wide variety of management roles across the USPTO and gained subject-matter expert status in multiple areas of technology as well as multiple administrative areas including petitions, special laws cases, Reissues, Reexamination proceedings and Interference proceedings.

Lectures and Speaking Events:

  • Guest Lecturer, University of New Hampshire School of Law: “Legal Authority -Persuading the USPTO: Understanding your Audience” 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, University of South Carolina School of Engineering, “Fundamental IP for Engineers,” 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Hawaii School of Law, “Service of Process by Social Media” 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, University of New Hampshire School of Law: 2012–2016; Patent Searching
  • Briefing on B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, Hon. Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court 2015
  • Guest Lecturer, University of New Hampshire School of Law: 2012–2014; Post Grant Proceedings
  • Guest Lecturer, University of New Hampshire School of Law: 2013; Negotiation in Technology Licensing
  • Panel Speaker, Stafford Conferences AIA Post-Grant Trial Proceedings Webinar (multiple times), 2012
  • Panel Speaker, USPTO Summer Intern Program, 2011
  • Lecturer, Global Intellectual Property Academy, 2011
  • Panel Speaker, Stafford Conferences Reexamination Practice Webinar, 2011
  • Panel Speaker, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
  • Speaker, USPTO Independent inventor’s Conference, 2010
  • Speaker, Virginia Imagination Conference, Williamsburg VA, 2010
  • Panel Speaker, IP Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) Patent Symposium, Chicago, IL, 2010

Legal Publications

  • Co-author “Antedating Prior Art in PTAB Patentability Trials,” BNA’s Patent, Trademark, & Copyright Journal, July 2015
  • Contributing author “Post Grant Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” PLI 2013