Valerie is a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  She practices in the Vorys Houston and Orange County offices.  She has drafted, filed, and prosecuted numerous domestic and foreign patent applications in surfactant and polymer chemistry, catalytic chemistry, hydrocarbon chemistry, nanoparticles and nanomaterials, composite materials, metallurgy, biotechnology, sensors, imaging technologies, wellbore tools, batteries, and mathematical modeling of data.  She has managed several global patent portfolios, including a consumer product portfolio containing approximately 100 matters.  Additionally, Valerie also supports attorneys in transactional intellectual property matters like contracts and opinions as well as due diligence matters for mergers and acquisitions.  Valerie previously worked in research and administration at Rice University, institutions in the Texas Medical Center and contractors for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center. 

Valerie earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from Centenary College of Louisiana and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemistry from Rice University.

Valerie is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.

Honors & Recognitions

American Chemical Society, Greater Houston Section, 2011 Younger Chemist of the Year Award

Professional & Community Activities

American Chemical Society, Greater Houston Section, Past President

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association

Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Honor Society

Intellectual Property Owners Association, Member, 2017

News & Insights


Rice University, PhD, Chemistry, 2005

Rice University, M.A., Chemistry, 2003

Centenary College of Louisiana, B.S., Chemistry, 2001

Bar & Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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