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 works with clients on a host of intellectual property matters, including domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution. In addition to handling patent procurement in in several tech-centric industries, including the mechanical, manufacturing, electrical and biotech arts, Colleen helps clients to develop their intellectual property assets by advising them on portfolio management and freedom-to-market. Prior to joining FBT, Colleen gained experience as a control system design engineer for marine and industrial engines, a background that aids her in understanding the core technology at issue in many patent matters. 

Highlights & Recognitions

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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Member of the Junior League of Cincinnati, 2016-present
  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association, Secretary, 2013-2015
  • 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