Patent law appeals to Taylor Tomlinson’s desire for a career filled with learning, growth, invention, communication and, most importantly, helping others. “In my career, I’ve always wanted an opportunity to learn something new every day,” Taylor says. “A career in patent law combines this desire and my passion for helping others solve problems. Patent law allows you to learn from the expert in the area. You’re working directly with the inventors of a new technology.”
In her intellectual property practice, Taylor assists with litigation and patent prosecution. To achieve her clients’ goals, Taylor uses her chemical engineering background, as well as her experiences with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and in corporate settings. The combination helps her understand the needs of her clients whether they’re inventors, business leaders, or in-house counsel.
Working for the Air Quality Bureau of the Iowa DNR, Taylor earned a broad view of industries and their needs. “When I worked at the DNR, I had 10–15 emissions projects on my desk at a time,” she says. “It would range from a small incinerator all the way to an industrial-size boiler. I really enjoyed the projects where I was able to dive into the technology.” That experience sparked her plans to attend law school. Intellectual property law was the perfect fit.
Along with knowledge of chemistry and engineering, Taylor strives to ensure clients find her easy to work with, eager to help, and hardworking. She expends her energy to help clients succeed—whether it’s a successfully litigated outcome or an approved patent application. Inventors and their technology fire her drive and imagination. “I am excited to have the opportunity to learn something new every day while assisting inventors with protecting their intellectual property,” she says. “At the end of the day, knowing that I used my unique skills to help my client achieve their goals is what it’s all about.”
A Des Moines native, Taylor appreciates the chance to practice in a city she loves with family close by. “I love Des Moines, and I’ve never had any desire to leave,” she says. “We’re right here at the center of things.”