Cynthia B. Rothschild Ph.D.

1001 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC USA 27101

4208 Six Forks Road Suite 1400, Raleigh, NC USA 27609


Dr. Cynthia B. Rothschild practices intellectual property law. Dr. Rothschild has worked with a variety of companies and universities to develop their IP portfolios in areas relating to pharmaceuticals, immunology, biotechnology, medical devices, and chemical compounds. She is also involved in counseling clients with respect to the development of new technologies, obtaining patent protection for new inventions, as well as providing assessments relating the strength of their IP portfolios and strategies for enforcement of patent rights.

Dr. Rothschild’s professional experience includes serving as a research assistant professor at Wake Forest University Medical School where her research focused on genetic analysis of complex diseases, including cancer and diabetes. In collaboration with a local biotechnology company, Dr. Rothschild developed a highly sensitive assay for detection of genetic changes associated with cancer.

Dr. Rothschild was recognized in 2020 and the five years immediately preceding by The Best Lawyers in America® for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Law. In 2011, Dr. Rothschild was selected as one of the Triad's Women Extraordinaire by Business Leader Magazine. Dr. Rothschild is very involved with pro bono work, and received the 2002-2003 North Carolina Intellectual Property Section Award for Pro Bono Work. Dr. Rothschild is a former Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section and remains active in the Section. Additionally, Dr. Rothschild has lectured at Wake Forest University Law School on topics ranging from bioethics to patenting of genetic sequences. She is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.


Drafted numerous patent application relating to medical devices including endoscopic devices for repairing or use during surgery for the spine. Prepared non-infringement and invalidity opinions for a large family of patent applications relating to stents for repair of the heart.

Represent Wake Forest University Health Sciences, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of North Carolina Charlotte and other universities in preparing and prosecuting numerous U.S. and international patent applications, including applications relating to cancer diagnostics and/or treatment, the treatment of neuronal dysfunction. For example, patents have been granted for methods to prevent neurodegeneration, to detect elevated MAP-2 in melanoma, and the use of angiotensin antagonists to treat cancer. Also, the firm assisted with patent license counseling and negotiation, inventorship disputes, and inter-university agreement negotiations.

Represent agricultural companies and universities in the patent prosecution and IP counseling relating to the development of improved chemical formulations for pesticides, environmental testing, and genetically engineered plants.

Represent Georgia Health Sciences in preparing and prosecuting numerous U.S. and international patent applications, including applications relating to screening assays for proteins involved in disease, as well as large and small molecule therapeutics used as anti-viral agents, immunological agents, and therapeutics for cancer and other diseases.

Provide patent prosecution and counseling services to a leading tobacco manufacturer. Assisted in obtaining patents for genetically selected tobaccos having increased amino acid content.

Part of firm team that represented Banner Pharmacaps in a patent infringement suit brought by Cardinal Health 409 Inc., asserting that certain ibuprofen softgels made by Banner infringed a patent owned by Cardinal. The parties settled the dispute before Banner filed an answer.

Cardinal Health 409, Inc. v. Banner Pharmacaps, Inc., No. 03-00-982 (M.D.N.C. filed Oct. 20, 2003).

Represented a provider of integrated drug development services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, performed due diligence, rendered opinions letters and prosecuted patents.

Represent tenants in suits against landlords for deplorable conditions in rental housing when the landlords have refused to repair the premises. Remedies include repair, reduction in rent, reimbursement for out-of-pockets and release from an ongoing lease.

Represented a consumer products and manufacturing company in litigation against a competitor for sporting equipment believed to infringe our client's patent.

Lawyers work with organizations that represent death row inmates in various jurisdictions by researching and analyzing discrete areas of the law as they pertain to the inmate's circumstances. In connection with the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Project, we produced an analysis of all fifty states' appellate practices in death penalty cases and convinced the California Supreme Court to withdraw proposed changes that would have limited appeals.

Represents victims of domestic violence who are seeking protective orders for themselves and their children against batterers and stalkers.

Represent a leading clinical laboratory services provider in intellectual property related services, including freedom to operate analyses, patent license negotiation and review, collaborative research and development agreement preparation and analysis, patent prosecution and litigation services and due diligence and pre-litigation counseling. Technologies include clinical diagnostic services; robotics; bioinformatics; genome mapping; genetic testing; gene mapping and counseling; companion diagnostics; blood testing services, and biotechnology.

Represent an emerging drug discovery company with small and large molecule therapeutics with respect to patent prosecution and related counseling. Assisted with providing transactional related patent due diligence services, including performance of patent related due diligence on potential partners, and responding to patent related due diligence requests from potential partners. Also, the firm assisted in the drafting and negotiation of strategic partnership agreements, joint development agreements, patent license agreements, employment and consulting agreements and related transactional documents.

Represent children and/or their best interests in a variety of settings and courts. Lawyers routinely serve as guardians ad litem, representing the best interests of children in a variety of contexts. In Atlanta and in Winston-Salem, lawyers have represented the best interests of hundreds of children whose parents are disputing their custody. The guardian ad litem is charged with getting to know the child, studying the circumstances of the child's life, interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents and ultimately, making an oral or written recommendation to the appointing court as to what is in the child's best interests.


Wake Forest University, J.D. (1999)

University of Michigan, Ph.D., Biological Chemistry (1984)

University of Michigan, M.S., Biological Chemistry (1980)

University of Virginia, B.S., Chemistry (1978)


North Carolina (1999)

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

Professional & Community Activities

North Carolina Bar Association, Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section (2010-2011), Section Member (2006-Present), and Past Chair of the CLE Committee (2006-2007)

Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad, Member of the Advisory Committee

Winston-Salem Symphony, Board of Directors, Chair of the Nominating Committee

Bethesda Center for the Homeless, Past Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary

Bowman Gray Child Guidance Center, Past Chair and Member of the Board of Directors


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