Julia Kottmeier

Working with Intellectual Property Student Organization (IPSO) has been a great opportunity to explore areas of IP law that fall outside of normal practice in a law firm and classwork.

Julia Kottmeier JD ?25

Degree and Class Year

JD ’25

Program Type

4 year (evening)


San Jose, California

Undergraduate/Graduate School(s)

BS and MS, molecular biology, Portland State University

Areas of legal interest(s)

Patent Law

Brief Background

I was a research scientist for a couple of years after graduate school, and have been a patent agent the last 12 years working at law firms in Oregon and California.

List up to three activities (school-related or not) that you are involved in. Why are they most important to you?

  1. Intellectual Property Student Organization (IPSO)
    This year I served as vice president on the board for IPSO. We hosted a webinar event on the USIPA Increasing Diversity in Innovation Program, which is a program for companies to internally research and improve participation of underrepresented groups in the inventorship process. Working with IPSO has been a great opportunity to support and explore areas of intellectual property law that fall outside of normal practice in a law firm and classwork.
  2. Working at Klarquist
    I work as a patent agent at Klarquist Sparkman in the mechanical engineering group and I am on the firm’s DEI committee. Working at Klarquist has been a great experience. As one of the best firms in the Pacific Northwest, the knowledge and skills I am gaining on the job are an invaluable pairing to my legal education at Lewis & Clark.
  3. Pilates and Barre
    Amongst all the work, the activity that keeps me sane is pilates and barre. Both involve precision and strength, great qualities for an A-type law student!

What is your favorite class that you’ve taken at Lewis & Clark? Why?

Torts with Professor Drummonds kept the late-night class interesting with dramatic reenactments of the cases. Makes the facts much easier to remember!

Tell us about a meaningful Lewis & Clark academic experience that happened outside of the classroom.

Increasing Diversity in Innovation Webinar through IPSO
Working on the IPSO event was definitely the most meaningful legal experience I’ve had outside the classroom while at Lewis & Clark. How to promote diversity in inventorship is at the forefront of issues for in-house counsel at large companies. I’m grateful that Lewis & Clark provided a platform to bring awareness of this program to the Oregon intellectual property legal community.

What made you decide to go to law school?

Ability to grow in my field and move into leadership positions.
As a patent agent, I have gotten to work on complex inventions and patent portfolio management, but the position is limited in ability to move into other areas of IP law and into firm leadership. I’m looking forward to unlocking new opportunities for myself by becoming an attorney.

Ability to serve.
While working at a prior firm in California, I worked on pro bono projects related to business and IP for minority business associations in a broader group that focused on addressing racial inequality in various aspects of law. In this group, I had the opportunity to see the vast power that attorneys have for service, particularly when they collaborate. I’m interested in leading pro bono work related to IP as a patent attorney.

Why did you choose to attend Lewis & Clark?

  • Supportive professors that will help if you have direction and specific interests
  • Supportive student body and noncompetitive scholarship offer
  • Beautiful campus nestled in the woods that is quiet and calm, a perfect place for learning

Do you have any bits of advice for students making their final law school choices?

Consider what is the right learning environment for you and what you need for support so that you can thrive in one of the most challenging experiences with the greatest opportunities for growth.

What was the hardest thing about adjusting to law school?

  • Time and workload
  • The level of preparedness and presence required for each class

What is your top 10 list about L&C and/or Portland/Oregon?

  1. The trees
  2. The local legal community
  3. Skiing at Mount Hood Meadows
  4. Forest Park
  5. Thousand Acres dog park
  6. Barre3 and Megaburn Pilates
  7. The Grotto
  8. The amazing farm-to-table food
  9. Paddleboarding and kayaking
  10. Camping

Intellectual Property Law