Amy focuses on building and managing patent portfolios for companies and institutions in the life sciences industry, in the fields of molecular genetics, biologics, immunotherapy, immuno-oncology, cell therapy, gene therapy, transgenic plants, molecular neurobiology and stem cell-related technologies. She provides strategic patent counseling and due diligence to clients at all stages of the business cycle, with a particular focus on developing IP strategies and patent portfolios for emerging companies.

Amy has extensive experience in providing patent landscape assessments and legal opinions on issues of patentability, inventorship, ownership, infringement, invalidity, enforceability and freedom to operate. Additionally, she partners with transactional teams to facilitate joint venture, joint research, IP monetization, and all types of complex biotech and pharmaceutical agreements, and related licenses.

Prior to Fenwick, Amy was special counsel in the IP and health sciences departments of a large general practice firm. In addition to her law firm experience, Amy served as the director of global program strategy, CNS Drug Discovery Unit, at Takeda Pharmaceutical, where she oversaw large academic research collaborations and programs. Amy also served as senior counsel at Merck (initially Schering-Plough), where she managed the U.S. and global patent prosecution for key biologic patent families, including guiding the strategy for European opposition filings, as well as due diligence surveys and freedom to operate analyses for new products and licensing opportunities.

Amy is active in the IP community and currently serves on the executive committee of the Hon. William C. Conner Inn of Court, as well as on the steering committee of the Women in IP Network (WIN).

Education & Admissions

J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine

B.A., summa cum laude, Biology
Virginia Wesleyan College

Admitted to practice in New York

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


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