Sarah E. Jelsema - Associate


Sarah E. Jelsema

Ms. Jelsema is an intellectual property litigation associate in Workman Nydegger’s Salt Lake City office, where she works on complex intellectual property cases, focusing primarily on patent matters.

During law school, Ms. Jelsema assisted patent counsel and researchers with patent applications in the Technology Transfer Office of the Van Andel Institute. She served as the National Student Director for the American Bar Association’s Negotiation Competition and was a winner in Harvard Law School’s annual negotiation and contract drafting competition, the Williston Competition.

While in college, Ms. Jelsema assisted in research, funded by the USDA, to help reduce the incidence of disease in food crops. As part of another project, funded by USAID, she researched cowpeas, a food crop grown in many developing nations, with the ultimate goal of helping introduce genetically modified versions of that crop. She also volunteered for Legal Aid of Western Michigan, assisting in the attorneys’ representation of low-income clients.

Highlights, Experience & Education

Primary Practice Focus

  • Complex IP Litigation
    • Patent Infringement
    • Trademark Infringement
    • Copyright Infringement
    • Breach of Contract

Technical Experience

  • Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Biotechnology & Life Sciences
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetic Engineering
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Plant Pathology
  • Physics & Optics
    • Fluorescence


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2011
  • B.S., Calvin College, Biology, honors; Biochemistry Minor, 2008

Professional Admissions and Associations

  • Michigan State Bar (inactive)
  • Utah State Bar
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • David K. Watkiss - Sutherland II Inn of Court
  • Women Lawyers of Utah
  • Intellectual Property Section of Utah Bar
  • Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Utah, Secretary

Other Information of Interest:

  • Co-Presented on “Pong, Patents, and Intellectual Property Protection in the Video Game Industry” at the Utah State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section in January 2013.
  • Presented on “Intellectual Property Law in the Fashion Industry” at Salt Lake Community College in April 2013.
  • Co-Presented on “10 Things Every Business Lawyer Should Know About IP When Advising Clients” for Women Lawyers of Utah in December 2013

Contact Information

60 East South Temple
Suite 1000
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Office: (801) 533-9800
Fax: (801) 328-1707