Erich Veitenheimer

Senior Counsel

I enjoy working closely with cutting-edge innovators, particularly in the rapidly evolving agricultural biotech sector, to secure, protect and monetize worldwide intellectual property rights.

Dr. Erich Veitenheimer focuses on developing and implementing strategies to enable life sciences and biotech companies, universities and nonprofit research organizations to procure worldwide protection for their inventions and/or to provide them with the necessary freedom to operate. He has extensive experience in obtaining and defending patent positions by using practical, cost-effective approaches to resolving patent and trade secret disputes. He is named one of the top lawyers in the United States for life sciences and patent prosecution matters (Legal 500). Erich was a Cooley partner for 15 years. In 2020, he transitioned to senior counsel.

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  • Georgetown University Law Center
    JD, Leon Robbin Patent Award, 1998

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
    PhD, Genetics and Statistics

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
    MS, Genetics

  • Washington State University
    BS, Agronomy
    summa cum laude, 1980

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia


Registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)


  • American Bar Association

  • American Horticultural Society Board of Directors

  • American Seed Trade Association

  • Beautification Commission City of Alexandria Appointment

  • Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance

  • Trans Legal Services Network Advisory Council

  • Washington Council of Lawyers Board of Directors

Rankings & Accolades

    Best Lawyers in America: Technology Law

    The Legal 500 US: Life Sciences and Patent Prosecution