Mary Prior, Patent Paralegal


Mary is an experienced paralegal in patent prosecution for more than 16 years and joined the AEON Law Team in November 2019.

With Gunn, Lee & Miller in San Antonio for five years, she was the sole paralegal dealing with foreign applications, working with consulates, foreign associates, and clients to ensure proper filing of all documents.  She also handled U.S. matters.

With Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness for 11 years, she worked for multiple attorneys working in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering and software applications and chemical, medical, and biomedical patents.

She also worked with trademark and copyright attorneys, dealing with searches and filing copyrights, and responding to office actions.  Mary also filed her own copyright in the library of Congress for a book of poetry, and for her son-in-law, obtained his first music copyright.  In addition to the IP experience, Mary has also worked with estate planning, bankruptcy, civil litigation, employment law, and financial law.

Mary was also a Yeoman Chief Petty Officer with the Naval Reserve for 23 years, both as a Yeoman and as a Photo Intelligence Specialist.  Although she was incorrectly assigned to a carrier group before women were legally allowed, during Desert Storm, she went with her unit, but ended up working on North Island with the Admiral’s staff as she was not allowed on the carrier.

Mary does volunteer work as well, as an author, editor, and photographer for various newsletters.  She administered a national tri-level scholarship program for more than 13 years and has been an active member of Mensa for more than 40 years.  She is certified as a SOAR peer support volunteer for the Phoenix Society and has spoken at a Donate Life! event.  She also runs the green room for her daughter’s OrcaCon table-top gaming convention that specializes in diversity and inclusion.

Mary lives in Tacoma with her daughter and is also interested in photography, volleyball and softball, reading, walking, and travel.


  • San Antonio Community College
  • North Lake Community College


  • Professional Legal Secretary
  • Notary Public

Honors and Awards

  • Sailor of the Year, Fleet Intelligence Rapid Support Team
  • Sailor of the Year, Carrier Group 770
  • 1st runner up for Sailor of the Year, Naval Air Station Dallas



Areas of Practice

  • Patent, Copyright and Trademark Paralegal


  • Very basic German

Professional Associations and Memberships

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