The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Valerie K. Friedrich
Baker & McKenzie, LLP

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University of Texas at Austin (B.S. Chemistry) (1983); University of California at Los Angeles (Ph.D. Physical Chemistry) (1989); University of Houston Law Center (J.D. [magna cum laude]) (1994)

Dr. Friedrich practices in all areas of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on U.S. and foreign patent procurement and multinational patent portfolio management. She has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications relating to chemical compositions and processes, pharmaceutical compositions, medical equipment, semiconductor devices and processes, and consumer products.
Dr. Friedrich devotes a significant part of her practice to client counseling, including freedom to operate and noninfringement/invalidity analyses. She has issued numerous formal legal opinions related to invalidity and/or non-infringement in the fields of chemicals, including specialty chemicals and fuels, chemical processes, semiconductor manufacturing processes, and consumer products. Dr. Friedrich has also managed freedom to operate analyses of large patent portfolios.
Dr. Friedrich also has extensive experience in intellectual property licensing and due diligence issues. As former Associate General Counsel of Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Friedrich drafted, reviewed and approved numerous licenses, including outbound licenses of College technology as well as inbound licenses of research tools to be used by College personnel.
In addition, Dr. Friedrich has participated in infringement litigation involving patents, trademarks, and trade secrets in both federal and state courts.
Prior to embarking on her legal career, Dr. Friedrich was a Research Chemist with the Fabricated Products Department of DuPont working with development of OEM and consumer products, including polymeric coatings, Teflon®, and Corian®. Dr. Friedrich also worked as a Process Research Chemist for Rohm and Haas in the field of (meth-)acrylate and (meth-)acrylic acid monomer production processes.