Heather Gorman



Law School

University of Georgia, J.D., 2000 cum laude


Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Science, Molecular Biology, 1996 magna cum laude

practice areas



Heather is a member of the firm's chemical and biotechnological patent prosecution sections. She has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the biotech and chemical arts, focusing in the following areas: biochemistry, pharmaceutical compositions, antibodies, protein engineering, cancer treatments, recombinant technologies, chemical systems and processes, polymer chemistry, biosensors, medical devices, as well as novel and genetically modified plants. Heather also has experience in preparing and prosecuting trademark applications and plant patents. Prior to joining Thomas | Horstemeyer, Heather worked in technology licensing for the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, managing technologies concentrating in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology, medical devices, materials science and software. Through this experience Heather developed an extensive background in evaluating and marketing technologies, managing patent portfolios, working with and advising start-up companies, advising clients on matters of intellectual property and licensing, and drafting and negotiating license agreements and other intellectual property agreements.


Heather is licensed to practice in Georgia and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is also admitted to the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Northern District of Georgia, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the State Bar of Georgia IP Section.