International Society of Primerus Law Firms

West Virginia Attorney
Ginger T. Chapman

Phone: 540.434.0316


Languages: English

Ginger Chapman is an experienced scientist and trained patent attorney who helps our clients bring their products to life. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ginger is deeply knowledgeable in patent law, having spent ten years with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She helps clients navigate the complex process of researching, describing, and submitting patent applications. Her significant experience protects clients and helps them secure their patent efficiently.

Ginger collaborates with clients to analyze the patentability of their product, research competition, and define its place in the market. She protects her clients through detailed research and a deep understanding of patent laws, rules, and regulations. Ginger started her career as a Lead Scientist for Fish and Wildlife Service, running several large scale research projects. While working as a scientist on a project in her native Virgin Islands, a colleague’s law degree helped him draft an agreement that worked for all parties involved to create a Marine Conservation jurisdiction. Ginger decided to pursue her law degree after she saw the positive impact a good lawyer can have on science and technology. In her free time, she enjoys scenic tours of Virginia towns and landmarks, and watching classic movies.


  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., 2002)
  • University of the Virgin Islands (B.S. 1994)

Admitted To Practice:

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (2003)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2002)

Notable Experience:

Ginger brings diverse experience to her casework.

  • As a Patent Examiner, she analyzed and recommended appropriate action for patent applications in the fields of:
  • medical/surgical devices and polymers; including: dialysis machines, blood pumps, catheters, shunts, surgical adhesives, textiles, and electronic tracking systems for hospital inventory
  • Communicated orally and wrote research results pertaining to patentability to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.
  • Conducted personal interviews with attorneys and inventors to resolve issues
  • Drafted definitions for portions of the Cooperative Patent
  • Classification schedule as part of Technology Center 3700 Team
  • Prosecuted patent applications, including drafting responses to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of Office Actions
  • Developed persuasive arguments to address issues to obtain allowed claims
  • Met with independent inventors to discuss disclosures and amendments to patent applications and communicate prosecution matters
  • Conducted novelty, validity, and infringement searches
  • Fish & Wildlife Services, Principal Investigator. Lead Scientist on three projects, including:
    • Designing and conducting a 4-year bio-physical mapping of a 4-nautical mile square area that included submerged seabed and coastal wetlands using SCUBA and Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD). Shared results with and collaborated with The Nature Conservancy
    • Formulated grant proposals and managed annual budgets of federal funds

Awards & Affiliations:

  • Member of American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • ABA/Bureau of National Affairs for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law. Public Service: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly. Memberships: Maritime Law Society; Multicultural Law Students Association, Vice-President
  • Outstanding Student Researcher, Marine Science Program; Student Researcher, Biomedical Research Support Program; President, UVI Scuba Club (Fall 1992-Spring 1993)

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Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC

100 South Mason Street
P.O. Box 20028
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
United States

Law Firm Contact: Thomas E. Ullrich / Jeffrey R. Adams

Tel: 540.434.0316

Fax: 540.434.5502



Member Since: 2014

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