Joyce H. A. von Natzmer

Joyce H. A. von Natzmer

Ms. von Natzmer has been prosecuting US patent and trademark applications for more than 20 years procuring well over 200 US patents.  She assists her clients with patent preparation, patent prosecution, patent opinions (Infringement and validity), IP contracts  as well as trademark prosecution. Many of Ms. von Natzmer's clients are small and medium sized biotechnology companies, which put a strong emphasis on their IP assets.  Ms. von Natzmer also serves as patent counsel for an array of prominent institutions of higher education.

She attended the University of Vienna, Austria and Imperial College, London, U.K., from which she graduated with a B.Sc. Degree in Biotechnology and earned a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology (Microbiology, Genetics, Plant Physiology & Law) from the University of Freiburg, Germany. After finishing her Masters thesis, she conducted research at the Max-Planck Institute for physiological and clinical research in Bad Nauheim, Germany, studying a presumed obesity gene in rats. She worked in a mid-sized patent law firm in Washington, DC, while receiving her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Washington College of Law, American University (evening division).

Ms. von Natzmer is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted to the New York Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the Maryland Bar. She is a member of different Intellectual Property (IP) law associations and the bar associations of the states she is admitted to. The mediation training she received meets the requirements of Maryland Rules of Procedure 17-104 and 17-106 for court designated mediators of civil disputes.


German (fluent/mother-tongue), English (fluent/mother-tongue)

Areas of Practice:

Patent Prosecution, Patent Opinions; Trademark Prosecution; IP-counseling for start-ups; Transactional matters

Bar Admissions:

  • Maryland, District of Columbia, New York
  • Registered US Patent Attorney


  • Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.: Juris Doctor (J.D.) (evening division)
  • University of Freiburg, Germany: Masters Degree (Molecular Biology: Microbiology, Genetics, Plant Physiology & Law)
  • Imperial College, London, U.K.: B.Sc. Biotechnology
  • Akademisches Gymnasium der Stadt Wien (AKG), Austria: Matura (Austrian High School Diploma)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • New York Bar Association and New York City Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, IIPLA (International Intellectual Property Law Association), VPP (Association of Patent Practioners, Germany) and NAPP (National Association of Patent Practitioners)


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Agris & von Natzmer, LLP assists clients with a wide range of patent and trademark related matters including clearance, opinions, preparation, and prosecution as well as transactional matters such as license agreements, assignment of rights and confidentiality agreements. The firm also provides arbitration and mediation services. Agris & von Natzmer, LLP is based in the greater New York City area and serves clients in the US and throughout the world, countries include but are not limited to USA, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.