Ann Bernert


I believe in responsiveness, open communication, and ‎providing services catered to each client’s goals to achieve ‎successful outcomes.‎

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I am a patent law attorney with a focus on the pharmaceutical, medical, and agricultural industries. I have a passion for science and innovation, which equips me to serve my clients effectively throughout the patent prosecution process and IP portfolio development.

Before becoming an associate, I worked as a patent law clerk at Schwabe, where I gained experience in various international and national patent prosecution matters and freedom-to-operate evaluations. In addition, I worked for a boutique IP firm, for whom I prepared and prosecuted patent applications, both domestically and internationally, that related to vaccines, antibodies, and other biotechnology products and methods.


  • Contributed to several extensive freedom-to-operate analyses
  • Drafting and filing biotechnology-related patents, including provisional, non-provisional, PCT applications, and facilitating national stage entries of PCT applications
  • Domestic and international patent prosecution
  • Patent portfolio strategy development and advising


  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude (2023) ‎
  • University of Florida, Ph.D. in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (2020)‎
  • Oregon State University, Bachelor of Science in Bioresource Research and Bachelor ‎of Arts in International Studies, cum laude (2015) ‎


  • Oregon State Courts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • University of Florida Law School, CALI Book Award (2022)
  • University of Florida Law School, Governors Scholarship, (2020-2023)
  • National Science Foundation, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, (2018-2021)
  • Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology Program, 1st Place Student Presentation, (2018)
  • University of Florida Law School, Innovate Empowering Women in Technology, Startups Best Team Business Plan, (2017)

Additional Publications

“Recombinant RquA catalyzes the in vivo conversion of ubiquinone to rhodoquinone in Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiaeAnn C. Bernert, Evan J. Jacobs, Samantha R. Reinl, Christina C.Y. Choi, Paloma M. Roberts Buceta, John C. Culver, Carly R. Goodspeed, Michelle C. Bradley, Catherine F. Clarke, Gilles J. Basset, and Jennifer N. Shepherd. (2019) BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. 1864, 9; 1226-1234.

“A dedicated flavin-dependent monooxygenase catalyzes the hydroxylation of demethoxyubiquinone into ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q) in Arabidopsis” Scott Latimer, Shea A. Keene, Lauren R. Stutts, Antoine Berger, Ann C. Bernert, Eric Soubeyrand, Janet Wright, Catherine F. Clarke, Anna K. Block, Thomas A. Colquhoun, Christian Elowsky, Alan Christensen, Mark A. Wilson, and Gilles J. Basset. (2021) Journal of Biological Chemistry. 297, 5; 101283.

“3-O-glycosylation of kaempferol restricts the supply of the benzenoid precursor of ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q) in Arabidopsis thaliana” Eric Soubeyrand, Scott Latimer, Ann C. Bernert, Shea A. Keene, Timothy S. Johnson, Doosan Shin, Anna K. Block, Thomas A. Colquhoun, Anton R. Schaffner, Jeongim Kim, and Gilles J. Basset. (2021) Phytochemistry. 186; 112738.

“Arabidopsis 4-COUMAROYL-COA LIGASE 8 contributes to the biosynthesis of the benzenoid ring of coenzyme Q in peroxisomes” Eric Soubeyrand, Megan Kelly, Shea A. Keene, Ann C. Bernert, Scott Latimer, Timothy S. Johnson, Christian Elowsky, Thomas A. Colquhoun, Anna K. Block, and Gilles J. Basset. (2019) Biochemical Journal, BCJ20190688.

“STEM Careers in Law” Ann Bernert, Purdue Plant Science Symposium, November 2022, West Lafayette, Indiana. Invited Speaker

Community Activities

Small Business Legal Clinic (Portland, OR), Intern and Pro Bono Volunteer, 2023

Outside Interests

I enjoy beekeeping, gardening, and trail running in my free time.

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