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Janet E. Reed, Ph.D.

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Dr. Janet E. Reed is the head of the firm’s intellectual property transactional and counseling practice. Though she counsels in all aspects of intellectual property, Janet focuses her practice on patents related to biotechnological inventions in food, medicine and agriculture. Her clients span a variety of industries and include large and small pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, agricultural and food companies, and academic institutions. Janet has extensive experience in domestic and foreign patent prosecution, patent portfolio management and strategic planning, evaluation of new technology, drafting of license and other commercialization agreements, conducting and responding to due diligence inquiries, and preparation of opinions on patentability, infringement and freedom to operate. 

In addition to her law degree, Janet holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and a Master’s degree in plant pathology. Prior to entering patent law, Janet accumulated ten years of laboratory experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and plant physiology/pathology, in graduate-level research and as a visiting postdoctoral research scientist at DuPont. 


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Rutgers School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1993; Board of Editors, Rutgers Law Journal

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Ph.D., 1988

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, M.S., 1982

Sonoma State University (California), B.A., cum laude, 1979

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware, 2009

    Pennsylvania, 1993

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1992

Professional Activities and Honors

Recognized by Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice and Patent Law (2019 - present)

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Licensing Executives Society