Welcome to my blog! Here I’ll walk you through all aspects of Intellectual Property law and how it applies to your situation. But first! A little bit about myself and my firm. My name is Megan, and ten years ago, if you had told me I’d not only end up as an attorney but I’d also own my own firm I’d have you Baker Acted (a little legal humor, lol) – or tell you that you were crazy.
My dream as a child was to become a doctor, so I went to a small liberal arts college in Western Maryland, McDaniel College. This school has a higher rate of students into John’s Hopkins Medical Program than John’s Hopkins own undergrads! Perfect! Well, all my life I had wanted this – I put the blinders on and just went for it. When I graduated from undergrad and the reality of medical school was upon me, I realized that maybe that wasn’t what I wanted at all. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
So what happens when you realize you have no idea what you want to do? You cling to the one thing you WANT to do – and I wanted to move to Florida. So, I packed my things, moved, and have never looked back. Living in my area of Florida is like being on vacation every day. We are close to the beach and the bay. It’s always sunny and warm, and there are palm trees everywhere! I never get tired of admiring the palm trees.
But now I’m in Florida, so then what? I landed a job in a small pharmaceutical company heading up their microbiology department. I slowly worked my way into quality control and research and development, as well. It was there that I realized my passion for creating things and learning how to protect what we were creating. I was also putting in extremely long hours and not necessarily loving what I was doing. Luckily for me, there is a law school in my town – Stetson University College of Law. I thought “What the heck? I’ll apply, see what happens.”
I decided when I applied to Stetson that would be the only school I applied to. If I didn’t get in then law school wasn’t meant to be, but I did get in! And I was able to pursue my passion for helping creative people protect what’s rightfully theirs even though it may be abstract – Intellectual Property. I took every intellectual property class Stetson had to offer and sat for the Patent bar exam to be registered to practice patent law before the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office).
When I graduated and passed the bar (on the first try, YAY!), I realized that no one in my area practiced the type of law I wanted to practice – Intellectual Property with a focus on medical and pharmaceutical applications. I didn’t want to settle and end up in the same position I was in while I was working for the pharmaceutical company – doing something I enjoyed but not necessarily passionate about to justify the long hours. So, I decided that I’d start my own firm, and Hurchalla Law was born! While I prefer to focus on medical and pharmaceutical applications, I don’t hesitate to take on any intellectual property matter a client has – so if you’re seeking help in another field, I can still help!
But first you’re probably wondering, well ok – we’ve heard enough about you; what is intellectual property already, and why should I care? Well, I’m going to have to leave you in suspense for the moment, as that is a different post for a different day. I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me, and I look forward to getting to know you, dear reader. Until next time, be kind and promote progress, don’t stifle it!