About Us

NIELSEN IP is a boutique law firm that specializes exclusively in intellectual property law.  Our representations include both public and private companies of various sizes and stages of growth.  We have also proudly served the most esteemed universities in the nation to advance and commercialize early stage technologies, particularly for the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors.

Because our practice is focused on intellectual property law, our firm frequently works in cooperation with corporate and business lawyers on transactional and litigation matters.  Such cooperation is common in licensing technology, forming research and development joint ventures and partnerships, dispute resolution and lawsuits.

Members of NIELSEN IP are registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and are members of the State Bars of Texas and Illinois.  Our lawyers have undergraduate degrees in one or more engineering disciplines or in one of the physical or life sciences, and prior work experience as engineers or scientists in biotechnology industries.

Memberships & Sponsorships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • University of Houston Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law
  • University of Illinois Alumni Association

Lawyers

Carol Merritello Nielsen

Attorney at Law


Having practiced intellectual property law exclusively for over twenty-five years, Carol renders insight and sound judgment based on a wide-range of legal experience. Carol works with a variety of industries and has special expertise in the pharmaceutical and chemical arts. She represents clients in all areas of intellectual property including litigation, licensing, prosecution and portfolio management of intellectual property rights.

Strategic procurement and enforcement of intellectual property rights can be complicated, yet extremely valuable to a successful business. Carol’s breadth of knowledge and experience in intellectual property law makes her a unique resource in a highly specialized field.

Michael Mullen

Associate Attorney


As a recent graduate from the University of Houston Law Center, Mike supports the firm in patent prosecution and contributes to other patent, trademark and copyright legal analysis and assessments.

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