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Erica Kuo is a registered patent attorney who centers her practice on patent portfolio strategy and related counseling for innovator life sciences companies. As a former chemist, she leverages her technical training to craft creative strategies to enable clients to obtain optimal patent coverage. She also regularly provides opinions on issues of freedom-to-operate, patentability/validity, and loss of exclusivity, and also handles diligence inquiries and structures intellectual property agreements in connection with biopharma commercial transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Erica was Of Counsel in the New York City office of an international law firm where she drafted and prosecuted patent applications and counseled new pharmaceutical market entrants on portfolio strategy and Hatch-Waxman litigation. She also previously served as a partner in the New York City office of an international law firm where she developed particular expertise in counseling generic pharmaceutical companies on paragraph IV certifications under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Erica has also held roles in which she structured business transactions and handled third-party negotiations for the Asia-Pacific innovation center of a major global biopharma company and served as intellectual property counsel for a world’s leading supplier of oilfield technology and services.

Erica has published numerous articles on spectroscopic characterizations of small-chain carbon clusters and on heavy-atom induced phosphorescence of aromatic and olefin hydrocarbon molecules.

Erica is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology B.S. (1990) Chemistry, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Chi Omega

Stanford Law School J.D. (1997)

University of California, Berkeley M.S. (1993) Chemistry, National Science Foundation Fellow

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Shanghai American School, Board of Trustees (2017-2019); Chair, Trusteeship Committee (2018-2019)

MIT Club of New York, Club Counsel/Board of Directors (2016), Member

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