Kathryn Wade focuses her practice on intellectual property law.

Dr. Wade has experience in domestic and foreign patent prosecution, particularly in the areas of biotechnology, disease treatment and diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and biomedical devices. She also has experience drafting opinions on patentability, invalidity, and non-infringement issues. Dr. Wade has provided intellectual property counsel to a variety of clients, ranging from start-up life sciences companies, to universities, to multinational biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Wade received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University, where she designed and implemented molecular biology and biochemical experiments to study the interaction of proteins in the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. Dr. Wade did postdoctoral work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she conducted molecular biology research to study the genetics of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Wade was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Biotechnology Law in 2018 and the seven years immediately preceding. She was also named a 2013 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Biotechnology Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Dr. Wade was the recipient of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation's "One Child, One Lawyer" volunteer of the year award in 2009.

Professional & Community Activities

Mount Vernon Presbyterian Foundation, Board Member (2013-present)

Georgia State University College of Law, Intellectual Property Advisory Board Member (2007-present)

For Pete's Sake Foundation, Inc., Board Member (2007-present)

Georgia State University Law Review, Former Associate Legislation Editor


  • Georgia State University, College of Law, J.D. (2002)
    cum laude
  • Emory University, Ph.D., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (1999)
  • North Carolina State University, B.S., Zoology (1992)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (2002)


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2003)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Who We Are

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
t +1 404.541.6662
f +1 404.521.4531

Kathryn H. Wade Ph.D.

Experience Highlights

Attorney ad litem
Represents minors who come before the juvenile courts in a variety of deprivation proceedings. more
Patent prosecution and counseling for Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.
Represents Bioniche Life Sciences Inc., a pharmaceutical manufacturer, on intellectual property issues including design and more
Patent counseling for Strategic Diagnostics Inc.
Obtains patents and provides patent counseling for Strategic Diagnostics Inc. ("SDI").  SDI is a leading developer and manufacturer of antibodies, more