Gerrit Winkel’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of various patent applications in industries including biochemistry, biotechnology, and material sciences. While attending George Washington University Law School, Mr. Winkel completed a legal internship with the American Petroleum Institute, where he developed familiarity with the oil and gas industry, as well as U.S. administrative and regulatory law.
Prior to law school, Mr. Winkel received his undergraduate degree in economics and chemistry at Brigham Young University. His individual research focused on transition-metal catalysis and catalyst design as well as small molecule bond activation reactions and organic transformations. During this time he collaborated with the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization. Mr. Winkel also assisted his undergraduate research group with developing and utilizing quantum-chemistry methods. These methods were used to discover mechanisms, reactivity principles, and selectivity for experimentally important chemical reactions related to catalysis, energy, and organic synthesis.
Mr. Winkel is currently pursuing a master’s degree in materials science and engineering at the University of Utah. He is expected to graduate in 2016.