Colleen M. Tersmette

Senior Associate
T 513.651.6137
F 513.651.6981
301 East Fourth Street
Great American Tower, Suite 3300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Colleen is an associate in the intellectual property practice group in the Cincinnati office.  She focuses on patent prosecution in a variety of arts, including mechanical, electrical, and medical devices.  In addition to patent prosecution, Colleen counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues and provides patentability and freedom to practice opinions. 

Prior to joining the firm, Colleen served as a law clerk at Maginot, Moore & Beck LLP and General Electric. She gained experience in corresponding with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as maintaining internal patent databases.


General Electric, Control System Design Engineer for Marine and Industrial Engines, Evendale, Ohio

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Ernest Karam Book Award for Academic Excellence, University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • YWCA Rising Star, 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association, Secretary, 2013-present
  • St. Ursula Academy Mock Trial Coach, 2011-2013

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Judges Are Abusing Their Authority to Determine Obviousness By Applying KSR Without Changing the Legal Standard of Review, 79 U.Cin.L.Rev. 349 (2010)

Are Humans Animals?:  Patent Claim Construction in Martek Biosciences Corp. v. Nutrinova, Inc., 579 F.3d 1363 (Fed. Cir. 2009), 79 U.Cin.L.Rev. 1213 (2011)

Other Contact Info


Linda Loar
T 513.651.6494