Sarah Gates, JD
“I joined Leber IP Law because I wanted to work with experienced, dedicated lawyers and paralegals who work together with a true commitment to teamwork and focus on client service.”
Sarah hiking in the mountains
In intellectual property (IP) law, Sarah has found a satisfying and rewarding career that combines her love of science and technology with creativity and analytical thinking.
Sarah obtained her bachelor’s degree, with honors, in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and subsequently her master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While Sarah loved studying science and engineering, she found that working as an engineer was not the best fit for her.
After considering several alternative career paths, Sarah entered the field of IP through a technology specialist program offered by Wolf Greenfield, an IP boutique law firm in Boston. In this program, scientists and engineers worked as technical advisors and learned about patents and other areas of IP while attending law school at night. Sarah attended Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where she received numerous awards and recognitions for academic leadership and excellence and graduated magna cum laude.
Before joining Leber IP law, Sarah worked at Lando & Anastasi, LLP for 16 years, moving up to partner level. While there, she served for five years on the Management Committee responsible for the firm’s strategic planning and operations. This experience allowed her the opportunity to develop and strengthen leadership and management skills, and also gave her a business perspective that she brings to her work with clients. In addition, she served on the firm’s Training Committee (providing training for attorneys and staff in IP law), Patent Practice Committee (monitoring changing rules and law in multiple jurisdictions and recommending best practices for the firm), and Docketing Committee (overseeing the firm’s docketing practices and infrastructure), all of which deepened and strengthened her knowledge and experience in the many intricacies of IP law that she applies in her practice.
As a patent attorney, Sarah counsels a wide variety of clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies to identify, protect, and leverage their IP rights. She has conducted IP due diligence for corporate financing transactions, performed patentability and freedom to operate analyses, and represented clients in pre- and post-issuance proceedings.
She works with clients to develop and manage patent portfolios across a diverse array of technologies including wireless communications, optics, interferometry, electrical and chemical systems, semiconductor devices and manufacturing, and consumer products.
For Sarah, one of the most rewarding aspects of her practice is seeing the enthusiasm and appreciation from inventors when they review a well-drafted patent application directed to their invention(s). She loves to engage with the inventors, learn about their inventions, and collaborate with them to develop the best ways to describe and protect their IP.
When Sarah is not working from her home in Paris, France, she enjoys running, reading, and being outside in nature (preferably hiking in the mountains or the forest with her husband). She loves the peacefulness and sense of well-being, followed by the reward of relaxing in the evening after a long hike!
Electrical and chemical systems
Semiconductor devices and manufacturing
J.D., Suffolk University Law School magna cum laude, 2005
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2001
B.S., Electrical Engineering (with honors), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1996
Massachusetts, Connecticut, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Honors
Named as one of New England’s “Super Lawyers” in the field of intellectual property, 2016-2019
2018 participant - Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership Institute
Named as one of New England’s “Rising Stars” in the field of intellectual property, 2009-2015
Northeast Regional Winner of Best Appellant’s Brief and Best Advocate in AIPLA Giles Rich Moot Court Competition, 2004