Judy Mohr, Ph.D. - McDermott Will & Emery


Judy Mohr, Ph.D., helps companies maximize product protection and intellectual property (IP) value by focusing on the business goals of the company and designing a patent portfolio to meet those objectives. Her practice encompasses US and non-US patent procurement, post-grant proceedings (including reexamination and inter partes review), IP due diligence on the investor side and the company side, negotiation of agreements, and development of IP strategies. She assists companies in the pharmaceutical, medical diagnostics, medical device, and gas and liquid separations industries.

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  • Led IP diligences for a diagnostic testing company in several acquisitions of complementary businesses.
  • Manages the patent portfolio for Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL), a medical manufacturing and diagnostic testing company, as well as assisting in diligence for corporate transactions
  • Provides strategic patent advice and handles patent matters for Corium (NASDAQ: CORI), a leader in design and manufacture of polymer film products for drug delivery
  • Serves as IP Counsel to Heron Therapeutics, Inc. to manage its patent portfolio and advise on patent-related regulatory matters

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  • LMG Life Sciences 2022, Shortlisted for Patent Strategy Attorney of the Year – California
  • LMG Life Sciences 2021-2022 – Leading Life Sciences Lawyer
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Biotechnology and Life Sciences, 2023 to 2024
  • The Legal 500 US, 2021 and 2023
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2014 to 2023
  • Daily Journal, Top Intellectual Property Lawyers, 2022
  • Acritas Stars, listed among independently rated lawyers, 2020
  • LMG Life Sciences Star, 2012 to present
  • Daily Journal, Top 25 California Portfolio Managers and Prosecutors, 2015
  • Euromoney’s Americas Women in Business Law, Shortlisted for Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year, 2021


  • Former Advisory Board Member and Lecturer, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University
  • Program Lecturer, SPARK, Stanford University


Santa Clara University School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, 2003
University of Texas at Austin, PhD, Chemical Engineering, 1990
Pepperdine University, BS, Biology, summa cum laude, 1983


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