Karen G Potter

Partner | San Diego

kpotter@mofo.com | (858) 314-7521

(858) 314-7521

Life Sciences clients rely on my immunology, cellular and molecular biology background and experience, coupled with creative legal skills, to guide them through building, developing, and leveraging the potential of their patent portfolios.

Karen focuses on patent preparation, prosecution, and strategic counseling for start–up, emerging, and established life sciences and biotechnology companies. She advises clients in the development and management of comprehensive patent portfolios that match their scientific and business objectives. Karen also helps identify and evaluate patentability, determine and secure protections worldwide, ensure freedom to operate, and perform due diligence review.

Building on her technical expertise in cellular and molecular biology and immunology, she has experience managing and developing patent portfolios in the areas of cellular immunotherapies and protein therapeutics, including antibody, protease, and enzyme therapeutics, and their uses in cancer therapy, inflammation and other disease applications. Karen also has experience in gene–based therapies, virus therapies, companion diagnostics, and diagnostic assays and bioassays.

Before joining Morrison & Foerster, she worked as an associate and patent agent in the life sciences patent groups of several prominent law firms. Karen was a postdoctoral fellow at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Department of Molecular Immunology, in the laboratory of Dr. Carl F. Ware. During her doctorate studies, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jo Rae Wright. The results of her research have been published in peer–reviewed scientific journals, and she has presented her results at national scientific meetings.

She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law, Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from Duke University, and B.S. in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego. Karen was recognized by the San Diego Daily Transcript as an outstanding Young Attorney in 2013 and 2014.

Show More


Unsolicited e-mails and information sent to Morrison & Foerster will not be considered confidential, may be disclosed to others pursuant to our Privacy Policy, may not receive a response, and do not create an attorney-client relationship with Morrison & Foerster. If you are not already a client of Morrison & Foerster, do not include any confidential information in this message. Also, please note that our attorneys do not seek to practice law in any jurisdiction in which they are not properly authorized to do so.