Patrick E. Rothstein, Ph.D. assists in preparing and prosecuting patents for clients in the chemical sciences industry. His education and background provide a wide range of knowledge in areas including transition metal chemistry, heterogenous and homogenous catalysis, polymer chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry.

Background and Credentials

Prior to joining Marshall Gerstein, Patrick focused his graduate research on the activation and functionalization of inert molecules using transition metals in an effort towards more sustainable and renewable energy sources, continued improvements to chemical feedstock production methods, and the synthesis of higher value chemicals. As an undergraduate research scholar at the University of Minnesota, he focused his research on developing new avenues toward the synthesis of anticancer and antibacterial drug targets via intramolecular oxyacylation reactions of alkenes utilizing C-O bond activation in the generation of β-alkoxyketones.

Patrick holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he served on several graduate committees at the University of Notre Dame and taught undergraduate organic, inorganic, and general chemistry while in graduate school.


  • University of Notre Dame (Ph.D.)
    • Inorganic Chemistry
  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (B.S.)
    • Chemistry

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Publications and Presentations

  • P. Rothstein, C. Comanescu, V. Iluc, “Formation of Palladium η2-Bound Chalcogenoketones across a Pd+-C- Bond,” Chemistry – A European Journal, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201703553.
  • “A Series of η2-Bound Chalcogen Adducts and Bimetallic Compounds via Nucleophilic Palladium Carbenes,” Oral Presentation, Annual Midwest Regional Inorganic PINDU Conference, November 2016.
  • “Nucleophilic Palladium Carbenes Utilizing Metal-Ligand Cooperativity Towards Small Molecule Activations,” Presentation, Chicago Regional Inorganic Colloquium, November 2014.
  • “Intramolecular Oxyacylation Reaction of Alkenes via Acyl C-O Bond Activation,” Undergraduate Presentation, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2012.

Community and Professional Involvement

  • American Chemical Society – Member
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago – Member (2018-2019)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Student Organization Representative, University of Notre Dame (2015-2017)
  • ND Energy, Center for Sustainable Energy at University of Notre Dame (2013-2017)
  • Service Corps – Wounded Warrior Project (2015-2016)
  • Graduate Student Union Representative, University of Notre Dame (2014-2015)