Olga Schwier, Ph.D.

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Olga became interested in intellectual property law while working in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries after her graduate studies in chemistry. She witnessed first-hand the crucial role IP counsel play in these industries and became passionate about the ever-evolving IP law. Now, as an attorney, she leverages her strong scientific background, industry knowledge and passion for the law to assist her clients in reaching their goals.

Olga focuses her practice on intellectual property with an emphasis on patent litigation relating to chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. She has worked with clients to develop pre-litigation and litigation strategies, coordinated discovery and addressed other litigation needs. Olga also has experience in due diligence and patent prosecution.


“The legal side of the business doesn’t operate in a bubble; we serve the whole of a client’s business,” she says. “Everything has to be tailored to our clients’ ultimate goal — their business success. I think we are more effective here at GGBB because of our strong and diverse scientific backgrounds — such knowledge base and deep understanding of the challenges our clients face makes us more equipped to tackle their complex issues.”

Prior to joining Green Griffith, Olga was a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and an associate at a large international law firm. She also served as a judicial extern in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Before attending law school, Olga worked for pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the Midwest.


The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with honors
       Thomas R. Mulroy Prize, Hinton Moot Court competition
University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D., chemistry
Moscow State University, Diploma, chemistry, cum laude

Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 70,377

Emer Simic & Olga Schwier, “Artificial Intelligence in the Life Sciences Industry — Strategies for IP Protection,” IPWatchdog, January 2021 (view article here)

Olga Schwier & Cary Miller, PTAB Invalidates Two Anacor KERYDIN® Patents, PTAB Litigation Blog, March 2017 (view article here)

David Crich & Olga Vinogradova, Synthesis and Glycosylation of a Series of 6-Mono-, Di-, and Trifluoro S-Phenyl 2,3,4-Tri-O-benzyl-thiorhamnopyranosides. Effect of the Fluorine Substituents on Glycosylation Stereoselectivity, 129 J. Am. Chem. Soc. 11756 (2007).

David Crich & Olga Vinogradova, Synthesis of the Antigenic Tetrasaccharide Side Chain from the Major Glycoprotein of Bacillus Anthracis Exosporium, 72 J. Org. Chem. 6513 (2007).

David Crich & Olga Vinogradova, Facile Oxidative Cleavage of 4-O-Benzyl Ethers with Dichlorodicyanoquinone in Rhamno- and Mannopyranosides, 72 J. Org. Chem. 3581 (2007).

David Crich & Olga Vinogradova, On the Influence of the C2-O2 and C3-O3 Bonds in 4,6-O-Benzylidene-Directed β-Mannopyranosylation and α-Glucopyranosylation, 71 J. Org. Chem. 8473 (2006).

Yu. A. Veits, E. A. Neganova, O. S. Vinogradova, Synthesis of Sterically Hindered Secondary and Tertiary Alkyl(Aryl)Phosphines, 75 Russ. J. Gen. Chem. 212 (2005).

Yu. A. Veits, E. A. Neganova, O. S. Vinogradova, Synthesis of o-Diorganylphosphino-substituted Benzoic Acids and Their Derivatives, 75 Russ. J. Gen. Chem. 1060 (2005).


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