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The Patent Section provides strategic guidance to scientists regarding patent protection for their research results. The Section is also responsible for receiving invention reports, convening three National Patent Committees (Mechanical and Measurement, Life Sciences, and Chemistry), preparing and prosecuting patent applications, and reviewing patent legal work performed by cooperator and ARS contract law firms.

Patent Resources

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 World Intellectual Property Office website:
 Google Scholar:
 Google Patents website:

George Washington Carver Center
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, Maryland 20705

Supervisory Patent Advisor

Gail Poulos
Phone: (301) 504-5302

Patent Advisors (by expertise)




G. Byron Stover
Phone: (301) 504-4783


Ediz Yonter
Phone: (301) 504-4796




Robert Jones
Phone: (301) 504-7270


Life Sciences

Mark McNemar
Phone: (301) 504-1172

Ariel Atkinson
Phone: (301) 504-1179


Maria Restrepo-Hartwig
Phone: (301) 504-1176




Gail Poulos
Phone: (301) 504-5302


Ariel Atkinson
Phone: (301) 504-1179


Legal Administrative Specialists


Robin McCormick, Senior Legal Administrative Specialist
Phone: (301) 504-6532


Kelli Gantt, Senior Legal Administrative Specialist
Phone: (301) 504-7269

Claudia Hedrick, Senior Legal Administrative Specialist
Phone: (301) 504-4887


Anita Hogan, Office Automation Assistant
Phone: (301) 504-1198

Carol Chittams, Office Automation Assistant
Phone: (301) 504-1239