Cheri Arnsdorff is among the firm’s most experienced and go-to professionals for all things patent-related. With a background in mechanical engineering, mathematics, and science, Cheri supports every phase of identifying, owning, and managing even the most sophisticated patents and extensive patent families.

Cheri’s patent experience is broad and deep and includes intangible assets for aerospace, biology, bioinformatics, analogue/digital electronics, electronics, computer architecture, software, e-commerce, financial services, machine learning, mechanical arts, and mobile communications/payments. She is also highly skilled in sequence listings in accordance with WIPO standards.

As a professional who enjoys the intellectual challenge associated with patent prosecution, Cheri works closely and diligently with firm clients to identify and understand the specific material in given patent applications while also seeking to clarify what lies between information the inventor submitted and what can be added to ensure the patent is ultimately granted. Often, this endeavor involves research and dialogue at the highest levels of science and tech – skills Cheri has honed and perfected over many years of experience.

As you would expect, Cheri’s attention to detail when writing patent applications and preparing responses to office actions is both thorough and clear. Cheri effectively works with examiners because she is always persistent, professional, and respectful.

Clients and colleagues appreciate that Cheri is responsive to their requests and punctual in getting them the information they need. Notably, she has received high ratings from clients regarding her diligence in executing patents. Easy-going and ever receptive to providing what others require to succeed, Cheri remains personally dedicated to achieving outstanding client service, a collaborative culture, and productive team play.

Prior to JMIN

Before joining JMIN, Cheri was a teacher at Halls High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she taught mathematics and physics. Cheri established an AP Physics course, and, in the 2016-2017 school year, Halls High School ranked first place in Knox County Schools’ passing rate for the AP Physics C Exam. The same year, Halls High School ranked second place in Knox County Schools for the AP Calculus BC Exam.

Cheri also worked as a project engineer/project manager at Ameresco (previously doing business as Systems Engineering and Management Corporation), also in Knoxville. She helped oversee projects for the Tyndall Air Force Base Cogeneration Plant, Fort Belvoir Steam Distribution System Survey, Ground Source Heat Pump Analysis for the Johnson Space Center, Fort Dix Boiler Replacement, Chiller Plant Upgrade at Fort McPherson, and the Department of Defense Energy Awareness Seminars.

Cheri’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology focused expressly on the thermal sciences. She earned her transitional teaching license at Teach Tennessee Institute in Nashville. Cheri is a licensed professional engineer and a licensed teacher in Tennessee.

Outside the Office

Married with two adult daughters, Cheri’s husband is a part-owner of a CrossFit gym. As a result, Cheri can be seen at the gym – working her own CrossFit regime – more days a week than not. Multiple times a year, Cheri and her husband catch the “travel bug” and enjoy hitting the beach in various locations, including the Dominican Republic. Cheri is also “mom” to three cats and a dog – Orion, Snowball, Crookshank (from Harry Potter), and Cleo.


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1992
  • Transitional Teaching License, Teach Tennessee Institute, 2009