- Chambers USA, Patent Prosecution (2021 + multiple other years)
- Legal 500, Patents: Prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) (2021 + multiple other years)
- IAM Patent 1000, Patent Prosecution (2020 + multiple other years)
Antonia has earned a reputation as an innovative, sought-after IP lawyer who is highly strategic and uniquely focused on life sciences companies with multidisciplinary technologies at the intersection of biotechnology, device and high tech.
She’s built successful international IP portfolios from the ground up for startup and emerging companies in both life sciences (diagnostics, therapeutics, medical devices) and in software (including for Facebook and other household names), and at the intersection of the two (bioinformatics, digital health). Her years of work in patent litigation representing life sciences and software companies also lend Antonia a litigator’s perspective on patent drafting.
Antonia partners with her clients in every aspect, effectively becoming a member of the company team and guiding them on the most strategic path to building foundational IP protection and long-term portfolio value, while also advising on how to focus the IP budget where it will be most effective. She is a leader in guiding life sciences companies through successful financings, acquisitions and other business deals. And, having managed a huge volume (many hundreds) of patents internationally from filing to grant, Antonia’s depth of skill in addressing every challenge that might arise in a patent portfolio is a key asset.
Antonia’s prior industry experience in hospitals and a clinical laboratory, as a researcher on the Drosophila Genome Project at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and as a founder of startup companies, gives her a multifaceted perspective valued by her life sciences clients.
A prolific writer and frequent speaker on topics ranging from cutting-edge patent-specific topics to diversity issues, Antonia has authored:
- “Gender Diversity in Patenting: Current Landscape and Recommendations, Intellectual Property Bulletin, Fenwick, Fall 2018
- “Navigating Digital Health Patents in a Post-Alice World,” eHealth Law & Policy Journal, August 31, 2016
Antonia is also actively involved in Wogrammer, a part of the AnitaB.org Institute, an organization aimed at breaking stereotypes and inspiring women and girls to pursue careers in STEM.
Life Sciences and Biotech
When it comes to technical savvy, Antonia’s practice focuses on companies in the life sciences and health space, including in diagnostics and therapeutics. She has a particular focus on multidisciplinary life sciences companies, with technologies crossing over into more than one domain, e.g., biotech, device, and/or software.
Bioinformatics and Digital Health
As Fenwick’s IP industry lead in bioinformatics and bioIT, Antonia represents biotech companies with technology that includes software platforms, artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning models, and virtual or augmented reality (VR/AR).
In addition, Antonia heads up the firm’s digital health patent practice, with strong expertise in telehealth and mHealth, EMRs, and patient and physician software platforms and mobile apps.
Medical and Biotech Devices
Antonia is also a leading attorney in biotech and medical devices, with experience representing companies in surgical devices, dental devices, diagnostic assays, laboratory instruments, robotics, microfluidics, organ chips, drug delivery devices and nanopore technology.
Additional Recognitions and Awards
Antonia's work has resulted in ongoing honors and awards within the legal field:
- Daily Journal, Top 75 IP Lawyers (2019)
- The Recorder, Women Leaders in Tech Law (2017)
- Daily Journal, California’s Top 100 Women Lawyers (2017)
- Euromoney Legal Media Group, Americas Women in Business Law Awards (shortlisted), recognition as a rising star in intellectual property law (2016)
- Silicon Valley Business Journal, Women of Influence (2016)
- Bizwomen, Woman to Watch in Silicon Valley (2016)
- Flex, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, featured in “Spotlight” (2016)
Antonia is praised as a “great lawyer, a good project manager and is technically very sharp.”
- Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
- BioAge Labs
- Castlight Health
- Centricity Vision
- Chinook Therapeutics
- Evidation Health
- Factorial Diagnostics
- Hearst Communications
- Impel NeuroPharma
- Lactation Lab
- Limbix Health
- Lyra Health
- Medidata Solutions
- Nooma Bio
- Perceptive Automata
- Ractigen Therapeutics
- Sandstone Diagnostics
- Tem Systems
- Trace Genomics
- Twin Health
Education & Admissions
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
B.S., summa cum laude, Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology
California Polytechnic State University
Admitted to practice in California
Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Supreme Court of California, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office