Karen Potter is an associate in the firm’s Patent Group. She focuses her practice on patent preparation, prosecution, and strategic counseling of clients in matters related to patent portfolio review and development, primarily in the areas of life sciences and biotechnology, with an emphasis in cellular and molecular biology and immunology. She also has experience with patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses and due diligence review.
Dr. Potter has extensive experience in the areas of protein therapeutics, including antibody, protease and enzyme therapeutics, and their use in cancer therapy, inflammation and other disease and dermatology applications. She also has experience in gene-based therapies, virus therapies, companion diagnostics and diagnostic assays and bioassays. Dr. Potter has worked in the field of intellectual property since 2005. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, she worked as an associate and patent agent in the life science patent groups of several prominent law firms. Dr. Potter was recognized by the San Diego Daily Transcript as an outstanding Young Attorney in 2013 and 2014.
Prior to working in the patent field, Dr. Potter was a postdoctoral fellow at The La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Department of Molecular Immunology, 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.
Dr. Potter received her J.D. from California Western School of Law, her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from Duke University, and her B.S. in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego.
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