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Elizabeth T. Karnas, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist, Patent Agent

Boston, MA
617-368-2162
karnas@fr.com
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Background

Elizabeth T. Karnas is a Technology Specialist, Patent Agent in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution in​​ technologies related to chemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. In addition to filing and prosecuting international and domestic patent filings, Dr. Karnas manages patent portfolios and provides assistance with due diligence, freedom-to-operate, and landscape review.

Dr. Karnas completed postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she worked on the synthesis and characterization of quantum dot based nanosensors capable of monitoring in vivo tissue oxygen levels during therapeutic protocols.  During her doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin, she researched the kinetics of anion binding to gain insight into diseases such as cystic fibrosis, and characterized anion-induced electron transport in a synthetic complex as a model for energy harvesting systems.

Education

J.D. expected, Suffolk University Law School 2017


Post-Doctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2012


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 2010
Organic Chemistry


B.S., College of St. Elizabeth 2005
Chemistry and Business Administration
summa cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

American Chemical Society
Boston Patent Law Association

Other Distinctions

Selected presentations and publications

Karnas, E. “Pharmaceutical Patent Prosecution Primer and Small Molecule Obviousness,” Oral Presentation, The 35th National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium, Chicago, IL, June 29, 2016.

Karnas, E. “Combination Therapies: Federal Circuit Case Law and Application Drafting Strategies,” Oral Presentation, The American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 18, 2015.

Micelle-Encapsulated Quantum Dot-Porphyrin Assemblies as in Vivo Two-Photon Oxygen Sensors. Lemon, C. M.; Karnas, E.; Han, X.; Bruns, O. T.; Kempa, T. J.; Fukumura, D.; Bawendi, M. G.; Jain, R. K.; Duda, D. G.; Nocera, D. G. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 9832.

Stopped-Flow Kinetic Analysis of the Interaction of Cyclo[8]pyrrole with Anions. Karnas, E.; Kim, S. K.; Johnson, K. A.; Sessler, J. L.; Ohkubo, K.; Fukuzumi, S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 16617-16622.

Ion-Mediated Electron Transfer in a Supramolecular Donor-Acceptor Ensemble. Park, J. S.; Karnas, E.; Ohkubo, K.; Chen, P.; Kadish, K. M.; Fukuzumi, S.; Bielawski, C. W.; Hudnall, T. W.; Lynch, V. M.; Sessler, J. L. Science. 2010, 329, 1324-1327.