Collen Beard



Collen is Of Counsel at ADVENT, focused on protecting and advising on clients’ intellectual property. She is married with two adult sons, and enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, kayaking, cooking, and making things at the Nebraska Innovation Studio.

Collen recently moved to Nebraska for family reasons from Atlanta, Georgia, where she practiced IP law for over 20 years at law firms and as in-house counsel. In 2016, Collen was a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Mexico, helping a CINVESTAV Research Institute with technology transfer activities. Before law school, she was a scientist in an enzymology lab and at a biotechnology company.

Collen enjoys learning about and exploring new people, places, and things. She is inquisitive and analytical and loves to learn new things, especially how things work. She likes to get outside as often as possible, enjoying the beauty of nature and fresh air.

Fun Fact: Speaking of fresh air, Collen has jumped out of an airplane over 150 times.


O:  402.431.2958
C:  678.358.7048


Patents, Trademarks, Licensing and other Agreements, IP Guidance and Opinions


JD, Emory University, 1994; MS, Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989; BS, Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985


United States Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney, 1994; State Bar of Georgia, 1994; Nebraska State Bar, 2018


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