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Laura Hupp
Laura Hupp

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Laura Hupp

With a master’s degree in biomedical science and an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and music, patent attorney Laura Hupp had plenty of career options.

Yet she decided to become an attorney while studying in a Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. A seminar on patent law introduced Hupp to the importance of protecting intellectual property. “Science is what got me into law,” she said. “I made the difficult decision to quit my Ph.D. program and go to law school.”

Today the University of Iowa Law School graduate focuses on inventors as an associate at Merchant & Gould. She enjoys learning about their products and the opportunity to be in on the early stages of invention. Clients range from biomedical companies to software developers working with everything from apps to complicated machine learning systems.

Patent law brings intellectual challenges. “It’s not something you can master overnight,” Hupp said. “I am constantly learning new things; I’m constantly improving my skills. That’s what keeps it interesting and keeps me motivated.”

In the last couple of years, Hupp has become involved in the LegalCORPS Inventors Assistance Program and two diversity organizations.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

To keep my interests broad outside my career. When I was in college, I double majored in biochemistry and music. I was stressed and thinking of dropping the music major because I thought biochemistry would be my career. My biochemistry adviser told me to stick with music to stay well rounded and to keep your mind open.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I run triathlons and I enjoy distance running in summer, and in winter I paint and do puzzles. I also like to check out restaurants and breweries in my North Loop neighborhood.

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