Audrey L. Nickel

Patent Agent




216-579-1700 ext. 217

Audrey Nickel is a U.S. Patent Agent at Pearne & Gordon LLP. She is also qualified as a European Patent Attorney and as a German Patent Attorney (Patentanwältin). Before joining Pearne, Audrey worked for over five years at several prestigious IP law firms in Munich, Germany. Her practice includes preparing and prosecuting US, European, German and PCT patent applications in the electrical, electronic, mechanical and software arts for US and international clients. She also has experience in post-grant and litigation proceedings before the Opposition Divisions of the European Patent Office and before the German Federal Patent Court. Furthermore, Audrey provides legal support in the form of researching and drafting infringement, invalidity, and patentability opinions.

Prior to entering the field of law, Audrey worked as a firmware engineer for a Cleveland-based firm specializing in the development of automatic RF meter readers. Following this position, Audrey gained additional experience as a software engineer at a German firm specializing in the development of high-end construction statics software based on finite elements.

Audrey holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering from the Technical University of Munich. During her studies, she completed various internships and working stays in France, Germany, Japan and South Africa. Audrey is fluent in English, German, and French and has a basic working knowledge of Japanese.

Audrey is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the German Patent Bar Association (Patentanwaltskammer), the European Patent Institute (epi), and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).

In 2017, Audrey was recognized by AIPLA as a ‘Woman to Watch.’ Furthermore, Audrey is the sole author of the legal handbook “US Patent Law for European Patent Attorneys” (Wolters Kluwer, 2015).


University of Hagen (Germany), Law for Patent Attorneys, 2013
Technical University of Munich (Germany), M.Sc. Computational Science and Engineering (honors), 2007
Case Western Reserve University, B.S. Computer Engineering, 2004


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
European Patent Office
European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (formerly Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, OHIM)
German Patent and Trademark Office (Deutsches Patent und Markenamt)
German Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht)