Dr. Schmidt is a member of the firm’s Patent Group. His practice focuses on patent prosecution in the areas of life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Schmidt has research experience in the fields of genetics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, and immunology. He was awarded a Department of Defense predoctoral fellowship to investigate, using cell and animal models, the role that certain cytokine signaling pathways play in the development and progression of breast cancer, and to identify novel strategies for prevention and treatment.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Dr. Schmidt was a corporate counsel extern for the Whirlpool Corporation, a legal intern for the University of Notre Dame’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic, and a summer associate with Morrison & Foerster for two summers, during which he performed patent prosecution and conducted IP due diligence, including patentability, freedom-to-operate, and IP landscape analyses. He also externed as a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Schmidt earned his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he was the executive articles editor for the Notre Dame Law Review, and a member of the moot court board. He received his Ph.D. in cancer research from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, his M.B.A. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his B.A. in biology from Saint John’s University.

Dr. Schmidt is admitted to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

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