Profiles: Andy Antczak

Andy Antczak

Andy Antczak

JD 17

From patent agent to patent lawyer

Years before he enrolled in Golden Gate University’s School of Law, Andrew Antczak earned a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from UC Berkeley. His training led him to a job as a scientist at Townsend & Townsend, a boutique intellectual property law firm where he helped develop patent applications.

He passed one type of bar exam and became a patent agent able to submit and prosecute patent applications to the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Then decided he wanted to do more. “I really enjoyed patent law but I was going to be limited without a law degree,” Andy says.

So in 2013, he enrolled at Golden Gate’s evening law program so he could take classes while continuing to work as a technical specialist and patent agent at another firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius. What he values most about his experience at GGU Law is its direct connection to ongoing practice issues in the IP arena. Because many of the professors are working attorneys who are handling IP issues for clients, “you really get the practice perspective,” Andy says.

Studying at Golden Gate has also allowed him to immerse himself even more deeply in the IP world. “I was able to make connections with professors who were partners at top-notch firms,” he says. “That’s the advantage to having adjunct professors who are currently practicing.”

One change won’t occur after Andy graduates and goes from being a patent agent to a patent lawyer: He won’t need to leave his workplace. Morgan Lewis has offered him a position as an IP attorney. Now he just needs to pass another bar exam.