Dr. Christopher R. Cowles

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Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School

Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of California, San Diego

B.A., magna cum laude, Rice University

As a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property group, Chris focuses his practice on biotechnology patent preparation and prosecution across RNA interference (RNAi), antibody, microbiology, virology, cell biology, and genomic technologies. He also provides strategic IP counsel to academic and biotech industry clients on domestic and international IP portfolio management.

He is experienced in the preparation and prosecution of US and foreign patent applications related to biotechnology and biochemistry, including patents in the fields of oligonucleotide therapeutics, cell biology, genomics, immunology, microbiology, and virology. Chris’s experience also includes IP due diligence and the preparation of noninfringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions.

Prior to joining Burns & Levinson, Chris was a patent attorney at several law firms and Director of Intellectual Property at Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he was responsible for managing, prosecuting, and growing the company’s portfolio of RNAi-relevant patent applications through multiple stages of venture funding, partnering, collaborations, licensing, and due diligence, including procurement of broad claims of high value that protect the company’s core drug platform. 

Experience

Experience

  • Directed an RNAi-relevant patent portfolio, including the prosecution of pending applications to issuance of broad claims of high value.
  • Prosecuted an international portfolio of applications for an immunological therapeutic agent now in clinical trials.
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Massachusetts Rising Stars (2016-2017)

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

articles

Contributing author, The Evolution of Patent Ineligible Subject Matter and the Federal Circuit, Journal of the Federal Circuit Historical Society, Vol.9, 2015

quotes

"More PTAB Fights Between Big Pharma Could Be Looming," Intellectual Property Law360, July 2017

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Dr. Christopher R. Cowles
Practices
  • Intellectual Property & IP Litigation
  • Life Sciences
  • Patent
Education

J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School

Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of California, San Diego

B.A., magna cum laude, Rice University

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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