As the Intellectual Property Lead for Ball Horticultural Company, Audrey Charles manages the company’s trademark and patent portfolio, which includes hundreds of trademarks and U.S. plant patents as well as numerous utility patents and U.S. PVP Certificates. As a patent agent, she has drafted and prosecuted more than 500 U.S. plant patents. Audrey began her career at Ball 32 years ago as a research scientist. She has a B.S. degree in biology/botany and an M.S. degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University.