Suzanne C. Walts is a registered patent attorney who focuses her practice on patent prosecution and counseling. Sue’s primary technical fields include optics, lasers, photovoltaic devices, cameras, optical fibers, microlithography, image processing systems, liquid crystal display devices, optical networking systems, consumer electronics, semiconductor devices, recording media, energy storage devices, telecommunications, automotive technologies, navigation systems, fuel cells, software, and business methods. She also has experience handling post-grant proceedings and supporting patent litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Sue was a senior patent counsel at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado where she managed its photovoltaics portfolio. Previously, Sue was a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm, and an associate with a large intellectual property boutique in Washington, D.C. Before launching her legal career, Sue worked as an Electrical Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where she performed research in applied optics.

While attending law school, Sue was a member of the George Mason Law Review.

Sue was recognized as a Washington, D.C. "Rising Star" in 2014 for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine.


George Mason University School of Law, J.D. (2006) magna cum laude

University of Michigan, M.S., Electrical Engineering, Major in Optics, Minor in Solid State (1999)

Wake Forest University, B.S., Physics (1997) magna cum laude, with honors


Colorado (2015)

District of Columbia (2007)

Virginia (2006)

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2007)

Professional & Community Activities

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member

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