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 attorney in the intellectual property practice group in the Cincinnati office.  She focuses on patent prosecution in a variety of arts, including manufacturing, 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 worked as a Control System Design Engineer at General Electric, where she led design and qualification efforts for core control software on engine programs to meet transient capability requirements.  During law school, Colleen also served as a law clerk at General Electric in the Intellectual Property group.

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