Helen Odar Wolstoncroft, Esq.

Senior Counsel

Helen Odar Wolstoncroft, Esq. brings extensive experience in intellectual property, including preparation and prosecution, counseling, licensing, and other corporate transactions as well as litigation to Saxton & Stump. Throughout her career, Helen has worked in all aspects of intellectual property law, including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents.

Helen has extensive experience in the life sciences and health care industries. She examined microbiology measuring processes and apparatus as a patent examiner. She has been involved in obtaining patents for medical devices, medical methods and compositions. She has negotiated intellectual property agreements related to the acquisition and sale of medical technology and medical products as well as joint development agreements related to medical devices. She has also been involved in intellectual property litigation related to bone screws, tissue technology, hybridization of genetic probes and knee resection systems.

Prior to joining Saxton & Stump, Helen worked for two large multinational corporations. When she moved to Lancaster, she also practiced at Barley, Snyder, Senft & Cohen in their intellectual property group. In addition, she practiced at several well-known law firms in Chicago, including Kirkland & Ellis, Sidley & Austin and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, where she was a Shareholder. She started her career in intellectual property as a Patent Examiner in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Washington, D.C.

Helen has shared her knowledge of intellectual property law while mentoring associates and junior colleagues. She also taught Patent Prosecution and Docketing for Paralegals and Intellectual Property Licensing at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Helen is currently an adjunct professor of law at Penn State Dickinson Law School.

Helen is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. She is a member of the American Bar Association. She graduated summa cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law. She holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.


American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1987

University of Notre Dame, B.S.Ch.E, 1983






U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Lancaster Bar Association


Building Industry Association of Lancaster County, Who Owns the Design, March 2019

Ben Franklin Technology Partners TechCelerator Program, The Basics of Intellectual Property, October 2018

Relevant Experience

Participated in all aspects of a patent jury trial involving field effect transistor devices in which client obtained a finding of infringement

Participated in all aspects of trial preparation and trial in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission in which temporary exclusion order was obtained

Participated in the drafting of the amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court related to color trademarks; the result of the Supreme Court decision enabled client to obtain registration of its color mark

Argued priority case in front of U.S. Patent Office Board of Appeals

Participated in various stages of 20 copyright infringement cases for music licensing organization

Managed intellectual property licensing function for all U.S. entities of multinational corporation

Drafted trademark license agreements used by large automotive manufacturing corporation in its licensing program

Established trademark licensing program for various product lines of large multinational chemical company

First member of corporate patent law department that was part of the business team for the business unit

Patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Wrote speeches and articles on current intellectual property issues while at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of the Patent Office for several members of Congress

Adjunct professor, patent law, PSU Dickinson Law


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