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Education

  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 2007
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biochemistry, 1997
  • M.A., Columbia University, Chemistry, 1990
  • B.S., Trinity College, Chemistry, Valedictorian, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Memberships & Affiliations

Boston Patent Law Association

Women's Bar Association

Jill Ann Mello, Ph.D.

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    F: 617.607.9124

Dr. Mello has over 15 years of experience in intellectual property law.  Her practice focuses in the area of life sciences, and includes experience in the specific technology areas of cancer therapeutics, antibodies, immunology, microbiology and the microbiome, biomarkers and molecular diagnostics, RNA interference, structural biology, drug formulations, drug discovery platform technologies and bioinformatics.

Dr. Mello has extensive experience assisting clients in the strategic development and management of patent portfolios, including U.S. and worldwide foreign patent prosecution.   She also assists clients in the preparation of patentability, infringement and freedom-to-operate analysis and opinions, and with due diligence evaluations. Dr. Mello has experience with involvement in opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office.  She represents clients including start-up companies, academic institutions, small and mid-size biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical corporations.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Mello earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Dr. Mello‚Äôs doctoral thesis focused on elucidating the therapeutic mechanisms of the anticancer drug cisplatin.  Following her Ph.D., Dr. Mello carried out postdoctoral research on chromatin dynamics at the Curie Institute in Paris, France, for which she was the recipient of a Chateaubriand fellowship from the French government and a grant awarded by Aventis.  Her work has been presented at international scientific meetings, and has been published in leading peer reviewed journals.