Betsy LeBel



Law School

Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2006, summa cum laude, Faculty Award, Catholic University Law Review.


Virginia Tech, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1993.

practice areas


As a member of the firm’s chemical patent section, Betsy leverages her extensive in-house and private-practice experience to counsel clients on matters regarding procurement, monetization, and enforcement of intellectual property. Prior to joining Thomas Horstemeyer, Betsy served several years as in-house intellectual property counsel for a global chemical manufacturer.  That experience enables her to better understand the demands on in-house legal resources, business clients, and inventors. 

Betsy has experience preparing and prosecuting patents and counseling clients in areas related to chemical compositions, polymer chemistry, chemical compositions and processes for mining and oil and gas production (e.g., hydraulic fracturing, enhanced oil recovery), material science, building materials, nonwoven textiles, pulp and paper technologies, absorbent products, chemical process design and mechanical devices.

Betsy has drafted and negotiated a variety of agreements related to research, development, and intellectual property, including collaboration agreements, joint development agreements, license agreements (both license-in and license-out), and intellectual property terms in commercial agreements. Betsy has provided extensive due diligence on intellectual property risks and assets as part of transactional matters and has rendered numerous opinions regarding freedom-to-operate and infringement/non-infringement of intellectual property rights.  In addition, Betsy has experience with patent mapping, monitoring competitive patent activities, developing intellectual property strategies to support R&D and business objectives, and developing corporate policies and procedures on intellectual property matters.  

Prior to transitioning her career to patent law, Betsy worked for several years in industry, on the design and development of consumer package goods.


Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Member, State Bar of Georgia.


Intellectual Property Law Section of the Georgia State Bar.

American Intellectual Property Law Association.