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Christine A. Goddard, Ph.D.

Principal

Boston, MA
617-521-7038
goddard@fr.com
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Background

Christine Goddard has significant experience in patent prosecution and client counseling. Her clients range from small start-ups to large pharmaceutical companies, and the patent portfolios she has managed have resulted in licensing deals together valued at over one billion dollars. Her practice focuses on strategic patent portfolio development and management, including the identification and protection of potentially valuable technology, prioritization and allocation of patent costs, and maximization of patent value. Dr. Goddard is regularly involved in patent preparation and prosecution, patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions, due diligence, as well as general patent counseling in the areas of pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, and biotechnology.

 

Dr. Goddard’s prior experience includes work in-house at Bristol-Myers Squibb as well as at two law firms in the Philadelphia area. In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology realm, she has particular experience in medicinal chemistry, combination therapies, isomers, metabolites, salt forms, polymorphs, synthetic process, diagnostic and therapeutic proteins, DNA libraries, directed evolution techniques, chemical indicators, genes, proteins, antibodies, optical fibers, optical devices, catalysts, and more.

 

Prior to her law career, Dr. Goddard gained extensive experience in the synthesis and characterization of organic compounds and transition metal complexes while working on projects related to the structural mimicry of metalloenzyme active sites at Harvard University. In particular, she regularly characterized compounds using X-ray crystallography, electrochemistry, NMR, IR, and mass spectrometry and gained experience in air-sensitive synthetic techniques. Her experience also includes analytical work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute as a summer fellow where she helped develop methods for measuring nitrates in seawater. She has also worked in the area of biochemistry related to the isolation, purification, and structural characterization of membrane-bound photosynthetic proteins.

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School 2010
cum laude


Ph.D., Harvard University 1999
Bio-inorganic Chemistry


S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1993
Chemistry

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2000
  • Massachusetts 2010

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member: American Chemical Society. Member: American Bar Association. Member: Women in Bio, Boston Chapter. Member: Boston Patent Law Association.

Other Distinctions

Publications
Chapter "Polymorphs" in course materials for Patent Resources Group course entitled Pharma & Biotech Strategies for Patent Prosecution, Hatch-Waxman, Litigation and Licensing.

 

"Case Study: Falana v. Kent State," Law360, May 7, 2012.

 

"1st-To-File System Isn’t New To Drug Companies," Law360, March 5, 2013.

 

Janis Fraser and Christine Goddard, "Bulletproofing Pharma Patents," Life Sciences IP Review Newsletter, December 14, 2014.

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