Patrice Jean has over a decade of experience counseling leading and start-up pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology companies in areas of patent law. In particular, she is adept at asserting and defending the patent rights underlying the core technologies and innovations of leading hi-tech and pharmaceutical companies, so as to protect and/or improve their access to multi-billion dollar markets. She also defends her clients against damages claims asserted by competitors, having spared them from paying billions of dollars in damages to date. Previously a patent prosecutor, Dr. Jean’s knowledge of the patenting process strengthens her abilities as a litigator as it allows her to argue the validity of her clients’ patents while challenging the validity of third-party patents.
Dr. Jean’s former experience as a research scientist informs her ability to advocate strongly for her clients. It positions her to not only understand the complex science behind her clients’ innovations but also the broader market implications of such technologies. Dr. Jean employs her scientific background and her strong grasp of client expectation to address the intellectual property challenges faced by her clients and to produce results that support their overall business objectives of remaining a leader in their respective fields.
Dr. Jean is known for her efforts to advance the progress of diversity in the legal profession. She is a 2014 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization of corporate chief legal officers and managing partners devoted to improving diversity in the legal profession. She is also a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and a member of the National Bar Association.
Prior to entering the field of Intellectual Property Law, Dr. Jean conducted research in various areas of biology and biochemistry including virology, oncology, kidney disease, X-ray crystallography, and narcotics addiction. Dr. Jean earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, doing cancer research under Dr. Arnold J. Levine at Princeton University. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “Tissue, Strain, Gender and Age Variation in the Induction of p53 Activated Transcripts in Response to Cellular Stress.” After completing her graduate work at Princeton, Dr. Jean earned her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Science and Technology Law Review.
Outside of her career, Dr. Jean is dedicated to supporting all of the institutions of higher learning that she has attended. She is a former Volunteer Chair of Princeton Graduate Alumni Annual Giving and presently serves as Leadership Gifts Vice-Chair. She served as a Co-chair of the Class of 2002 Columbia School of Law 10th Reunion Committee and is a Xavier University Class of 1993 Class Agent. She is a lifetime member of ABPA, the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.