Elizabeth operates at the crossroads of innovation and regulation to help author her clients' success stories through preparation of strong patent applications and diligent patent prosecution.

Overview

A patent attorney and molecular biologist by training, Elizabeth prepares and prosecutes patents worldwide directed to technologies in the biotechnology, biochemical, pharmaceutical, animal health, and agricultural areas. Elizabeth also frequently prepares opinions relating to validity and infringement, and counsels clients regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, and other due diligence issues. She has extensive experience preparing legal opinions in support of Paragraph IV certifications for Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) under the Hatch-Waxman Act. She also negotiates patent licenses and other technology-related agreements. Elizabeth works closely with her clients to protect their commercially important inventions and meet their business objectives.

Experience

Elizabeth's technical experience includes an impressive array of complex technologies, including both biologics and small molecule pharmaceutical agents, antibodies, vaccines and vaccine adjuvants, synthetic biology, bioactive peptides for use in pharmaceutical and agricultural applications, RNA interference, bacterial spore display systems, transgenic plants and animals, tissue engineering, cryopreservation of cells, DNA polymerase enzymes and other enzyme technologies, recombinant proteins for use as blood substitutes, CRISPR-Cas gene editing, gene therapy, in vitro modeling of disease states, testing of drugs in in vitro models, biological control agents, agrochemicals, use of bacteria and enzymes in the food industry, and PCR methods and reagents.

Her article in the Saint Louis University Law Journal on the effect of the eBay v. MercExchange Supreme Court decision on injunctive relief in patent infringement cases was awarded the American Intellectual Property Law Association Past Presidents Award.

Elizabeth's doctoral work in molecular cell biology at Washington University focused on the intracellular trafficking of cholesterol. She published several articles in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on this topic, and also received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

United States Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney

Missouri Bar Association

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2008
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2005

Education

Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2008

Washington University in St. Louis, Ph.D, Molecular Cell Biology, 2003

Kenyon College, B.A., Molecular Biology, summa cum laude, 1998

  • Phi Beta Kappa
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