Tina Williams McKeon is a registered patent attorney who focuses her practice on patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings, IP strategy, and IP portfolio management for leading universities, research institutions, and corporations in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology fields. Her biotechnology experience includes neuroscience, immunology, therapeutic antibodies, oncolytic virus therapy, stem cell technology, and recombinant technologies in a variety of areas including food and food supplements. Dr. McKeon has worked extensively with medical technology and pharmaceuticals, including cardiac technology, imaging, and diagnostics as well as small molecule pharmaceuticals and biologics.
Dr. McKeon contributes her talent and time to a number of bioscience and medical device organizations. She has served on the boards of Southeast Bio and Metro Atlanta Red Cross and is the current co-chair of Southeast Life Sciences. From 2005 until 2016, she taught in the TI:GER® Program, a collaboration between Emory University School of Law and Georgia Institute of Technology, that focuses on technology commercialization in a multidisciplinary context. She is also a frequent lecturer regarding the role of intellectual property in entrepreneurship and has served as adjunct faculty at Emory Law School. Dr. McKeon is the author of more than 14 scientific publications.
Dr. McKeon was named an “Atlanta Lawyer of the Year” in 2018 for Biotechnology Law and in 2012 for Patent Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. She was also listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Patent Law and Biotechnology and Life Sciences Law in 2021 and each of the 12 years immediately preceding. Dr. McKeon has been recognized annually since 2009 by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers, which stated she “has a respected postdoctoral academic background and is highly regarding for her ‘great depth of knowledge’, particularly in biotech matters.” Dr. McKeon was named a Georgia “Super Lawyer” in 2020 and each of the 12 years immediately preceding, a "Top 50 Women Georgia Super Lawyer" in 2019 and each of the six years immediately preceding, and a "Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyer” in 2016 by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2020, she was recommended by Legal 500 US for Patent Prosecution. Dr. McKeon is a recipient of the 2019 SEBIO Leadership Award and the 2013 Georgia Bio Community Award. She was recognized by Georgia Bio for "being that rare combination of scientific expertise, legal acumen and sociability that affords her a broad role in the Georgia life sciences community.” Dr. McKeon was named one of the "Top 10 IP Stars of the Top 250 Women in IP" in 2013 and 2016 and recognized as an "IP Star" in 2020 and the seven years immediately preceding by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. She was named as one of Georgia Trend's 2018 "Legal Elite" for Intellectual Property Law. Dr. McKeon was named a top patent practitioner in 2014-2020 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. She was named by Legal Media Group in its 2014 and 2016-2019 Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law. Dr. McKeon was selected as a “Life Science Star” in the 2016 edition of LMG Life Sciences. She is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
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Emory University School of Law, J.D. with distinction, Order of the Coif
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ph.D., Anatomy (Neuroscience)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., Physical Therapy
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1999)
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - Stanley F. Birch (Sep 1996-Aug 1997)
Intellectual Property Section of the Georgia Bar, Chair (2013-2014); Section Officer (2009-2013); Committee Chair (2005-2009)
Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Founding Committee, Member (2010-Present); Pupliage Group Leader (2011-2016)
BIO, Steering Committee, Member (2009)
Metro Atlanta Red Cross, Board (2016-2020)
SEBIO, Vice-Chair and Secretary (2017); Co-Chair of the SEBIO Investor and Partnering Forum (2014); Member of Planning Committee (2008-2016); Chair of the Early State Committee (2008-2013; 2015); Chair of the Program Committee (2016); Executive Committee (2012-2014, 2016-2020); Chair (2018-2019)
Georgia BIO, Board of Directors, Member (2008-2015); Chair of Programs and Events (2013-2014)
SEMDA, Member of Planning Committee for Annual Conference (2009-2010) and (2012-2013)
Family Division of Fulton County Superior Court, Guardian ad litem (2009-2016)
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