Office Hours: Annette Parent, JD. Patents & IP Strategy

Annette Parent, Ph.D., J.D. is a registered and licensed patent attorney. For over twenty-two years, she has counseled startups, multi-national companies and universities in all aspects of intellectual property law and strategy.

Based in San Francisco, Dr. Parent specializes in helping life science and cleantech companies optimize their IP to increase their company’s valuation.

Our office hours are hosted by leading experts who have generously offered their services pro bono to our entrepreneurs.

If your application is approved, we will invite you to choose a timeslot and require a $100 credit card deposit. The deposit will be refunded the day after you attend. No-shows will not receive a refund. Please be punctual; arrivals late by more than 15 minutes will be considered no-shows.

If you find that you are unable to attend, you may request a refund up to 5 days in advance. (This will give us time to offer the slot to the first person on the waitlist.) We regret that we cannot honor requests made at a later time.

Where and When

Suite 214, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (1700 4th Street, San Francisco)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Applications now closed for this session.

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Legal Background

As a partner at both Kilpatrick Townsend and Morgan Lewis, Dr. Parent’s practice focused on domestic and international patent prosecution and strategy. In addition, she prepared opinions (patentability, non-infringement and invalidity), landscape and freedom to operate analyses, as well as IP due diligence for acquisitions, mergers, financing, collaborations, partnerships, and licensing. Dr. Parent also developed a thriving practice assisting European patent counsel in opposition proceedings, representing both patentees and opponents.

Scientific Background

Her life sciences expertise includes nucleic acid technologies, such as molecular diagnostics and therapeutics; protein technologies, such as first and second-generation therapeutic biologics, diagnostics, and vaccines; drug discovery platforms; recombinant protein manufacture and purification systems; cellular technologies; targeted drug delivery systems, microbial growth and production systems, polymers, and small chemical molecules.

Dr. Parent conducted extensive research on RNA splicing and processing while earning her Ph.D. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oregon Health Sciences University, where she was awarded an NIH grant to study the molecular mechanisms of neurotrophic growth factors. Prior to entering law school, she also performed postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina, investigating MHC class I molecules. Dr. Parent is a co-author on a number of scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Educational Background

Dr. Parent received her Juris Doctorate degree magna cum laude from Duke University, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Law Journal. Prior to entering law school, Dr. Parent received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Columbia University. She is a registered U.S. patent attorney, is licensed to practice law in California, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court.