Ann R. Pokalsky, Partner

Ann R. Pokalsky has more than 24 years’ experience in intellectual property law and focuses her practice in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, and life sciences. A large part of her practice centers on foreign and domestic patent procurement, including reissue applications, reexamination proceedings, and appeals. She has obtained numerous patents for clients in the agricultural, biotechnology, diagnostics, veterinary and pharmaceutical¬†industries. Ms. Pokalsky has been intimately involved with the following types of IP subject matter:

  • Medical treatment methods, immunotherapies, gene¬†and enzyme-replacement therapies
  • High throughput screening methodologies
  • Enzyme variants, peptides and peptide analogs, fusion proteins
  • Monoclonal antibodies and receptor antagonists
  • Vaccines
  • Nucleoside and nucleotide derivatives, oligonucleotides
  • Diagnostic assays
  • Vector and expression constructs, chimeric genes, gene silencing constructs, siRNAs
  • Biologics and biologic formulations
  • Small molecule drugs, drug combinations, formulations and pharmaceutical compositions
  • Transformed and transgenic cells, expression systems, engineered tissue
  • Transgenic plants and plant parts


Ms. Pokalsky advises and counsels clients on a wide variety of IP law topics, including trade secret law. She conducts due diligence reviews, advises on global patent filings and prosecution strategies, reviews and manages patent portfolios, and performs patent landscape analyses. In addition, she prepares inventorship, patentability, invalidity, freedom to operate, and non-infringement opinions, as well as licensing, sponsored research, non-disclosure and material transfer agreements.

Before pursuing her legal career, Ms. Pokalsky worked in the biotechnology industry, coauthoring articles that published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nucleic Acids Research, and Journal of Cellular Chemistry.

BS, Plant Biology, Rutgers University, 1981
MS, Biology, Rutgers University, 1984; thesis topic: Localization of rRNA genes by in situ hybridization.
JD, New York Law School, 1993

United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1991
Courts of the State of New York, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1996

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
American Bar Association (ABA)