Peter M. Jay, BS '04, ME '05, JD '08

Patent Attorney Wenderoth law firm

"The CBE department at UB was always a welcoming and collegial environment. I have wonderful memories of dinners hosted by Dr. Hlavacek for his research group, and will always appreciate Dr. Swihart’s assistance with the AIChE Chemical Car Team. The Chemical Car Team built a miniature, fuel-cell powered car from scratch for competition at the AIChE annual conference. I am very happy to see the CBE department flourishing and look forward to reports of continued success."


Peter Jay is patent attorney at the Washington, D.C. law firm, Wenderoth. As a patent attorney, Peter assists inventors and companies by drafting and prosecuting patent applications. In doing so, Peter has obtained several hundred patents for his clients in the United States and abroad. Peter also provides intellectual property counseling services, such as writing legal opinions related to patentability, patent validity, and freedom to operate.

Even though Peter advises his clients in a wide variety of technologies, his focus remains in technologies related to chemical engineering. In particular, Peter focuses on patents in the fields of polymers, pharmaceuticals, chemical processes, and materials science. He has obtained foundational patents for his clients in the pharmaceutical and polymer industries, including patents directed to transdermal patches and radiation curable polyurethanes.

The chemical engineering program at SUNY Buffalo provided Peter with the comprehensive background needed to assist his clients. In addition to the rigorous coursework, the practical experience of working in Dr. Hlavacek’s laboratory as a graduate student and for the AIChE chemical car team as an undergraduate was irreplaceable for providing a well-rounded educational experience. To this day, Peter keeps an Elroy coffee mug from Dr. Nitsche in his office, and fondly remembers long nights spent in Furnas Hall.

Peter obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo in 2004 and an ME in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo in 2005. Peter also attended the University at Buffalo Law School, and obtained a JD in 2008. During law school, Peter was the Executive Publications Editor of the Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal, and was awarded the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law and the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law. Peter is also a frequent author of articles concerning developments in the field of intellectual property.