Ann R. Pokalsky has extensive 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. Several patents Ms. Pokalsky has prosecuted to issuance have been litigated in the district courts and ultimately upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as valid, enforceable, and infringed.
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
Nucleoside and nucleotide derivatives, oligonucleotides
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
Chemical and biochemical compounds and processes
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.
Prior to starting her law career, Ms. Pokalsky was a research associate at a biotechnology company, where she co-authored several papers published in peer-reviewed journals and was a named co-inventor on a U.S. patent directed to use of an EF1α gene promoter.
Education BS, Biology, Rutgers University MS, Biology, Rutgers University JD, New York Law School
Admissions United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1994 Courts of the State of New York, 1994 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1996 VA-accredited attorney, 2014 U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2018
Affiliations American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) American Bar Association (ABA)