Although she doesn’t have a science background, Judith Wasilkus has a passion for reading about nucleotides, amino acid sequences and other complicated mechanisms.
As a patent paralegal for Fish & Richardson, she artfully handles the type of multifaceted biotech patents that drive science and medicine forward. And she enjoys every moment of it.
“I get to see an application from the very beginning all the way through the process, so every patent is like my baby,” she said. “I love the variability of what we handle, and patent law itself is fascinating.”
Wasilkus has been at Fish & Richardson since 1997, and she has put the client first since day one, believes Patrick Finn, managing principal of the firm’s Twin Cities office. “She manages very large, complex dockets with a smile and yet always finds time to make sure our clients receive immediate attention for any of their requests,” he said.
Her efficiency and excellence are so notable that she’s been asked to train new paralegals in Fish offices across the country. She’s happy to help others find the blend of skill and curiosity that drive her every day.
“When you love what you do, then it’s easy to stay motivated,” she said.