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About Michele

Patent counsel grounded in deep scientific knowledge

Michele Washington, Ph.D., is a registered patent attorney who prepares and prosecutes patent applications and assists clients on strategic U.S. and international patent portfolio development. She also has experience handling patent infringement, freedom-to-operate and patent invalidity analyses, as well as licensing strategies, prosecuting trademark applications and addressing trademark dispute matters. Michele counsels clients such as individual inventors, university tech transfer offices, startups and large research companies in various life sciences technology areas, including:

  • Biological therapies
  • Immunotherapy
  • Diagnostics
  • Drug delivery
  • Medical devices

Michele’s technical experience is in the field of molecular and cellular biology. Her graduate thesis was directed to studying key players and mutations in the vitamin D receptor signaling pathway that impacts prostate cancer cell growth, and her postdoctoral research focused on the effects of autophagy on chemotherapeutic drug efficacy in ovarian cancer cell cultures and tumors in mice.

Professional Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" (2024: Intellectual Property Law, Life Sciences Practice, Patent Law, Technology Law)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" (2021, 2022, 2024: Intellectual Property)
  • AZ Business Magazine "Most Influential Women in Arizona Rising Star" (2019)
  • 5280 Magazine "Denver Top Lawyers" (2022)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Aurora Public School Foundation, board of directors (present)
  • Sam Cary Bar Association, member (present)
  • Arizona Black Bar, member (present), secretary (2019-2022)
  • National Bar Association, member (present), Intellectual Property Division member-at-large (2021-2022)
  • State Bar of Arizona, Council on Minorities and Women in the Law (2020-2023)
  • Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Impact Denver, participant (2021)
  • State Bar of Arizona Bar Leadership Institute, participant (2019-2020)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Ladder Down Program, participant (2019)

News & Insights

  • "Trends Related to Licensing Intellectual Property Out of University and Research Institutions"
    Intellectual Property Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association,
  • What Tax Court's Mylan Legal Fee Ruling Means for IP Suits
  • "Patent Prosecution Update"
    19th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Law Institute
  • Utilizing the Budapest Treaty for Biological Deposits in U.S. Patents
    CalCurrent Podcast
  • "OCI Best Practices for First-Gen Students"
    UCLA First-Generation Law Student Association
  • "Women in Transactional Law"
    ASU Women Law Students Association
  • "Across the STEMverse"
    Graduate Women in Science Los Angeles Chapter
  • Patents and Copyright Changes in the New NAFTA


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