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Gina Nellesen

Fellowship Attorney

Redwood City, CA
650-839-5059
nellesen@fr.com
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Background

Gina Nellesen is a Patent Fellowship Attorney in Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley office.  Ms. Nellesen drafts and prosecutes patent applications directed to pharmaceuticals, drug delivery and medical devices for academic institutions, corporations and emerging companies.  She collaborates with scientists to capture new intellectual property and builds patent landscapes to help clients understand the patentable space and areas with freedom to operate.  She evaluates intellectual property for due diligence analyses that guide investment decisions. 

She has been representing clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 2002 and regularly interfaces with examiners and associates outside the United States.  In 2004, she served as a judicial extern to Honorable Ronald M. Whyte, Judge for the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Prior to her work as an attorney, Ms. Nellesen researched diabetes and tissue engineering at Scripps Research Institute and University of California, San Diego.  She was a bioinformatics programmer at Incyte during the initial sequencing and annotation of the human genome.  

In the laboratory of Dr. James Posakony, she developed protein purification techniques and assessed protein–DNA interactions with affinity electrophoresis.  She used early computational biology software to align multiple DNA sequences across species, showing the evolutionary conservation of transcription factor binding domains.  This was reported in Cell as part of an investigation into gene expression in the developing nervous system.​

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Education

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law 2005
Intellectual Property Law Focus
​Vice President, Intellectual Property Law Association​


M.S., University of California, San Diego 1999
Biochemistry and Cell Biology


B.S., University of California, San Diego 1998
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
​Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant Recipient; Provost’s Honors​

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2002
  • California 2006

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​Selected Publications

"Remedy to Incentivize Innovation as In Vitro Diagnostics Face Patent-Eligibility Challenges and Added Regulatory Scrutiny​," with Terry Mahn Fish Patent Blog (June 30, 2016).

"Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review Expanded Theory of Joint Infringement,"​ with Teresa A. Lavoie, Ph.D. Fish Litigation Blog (May 2, 2016).

Mohr, J. and Freschi, G., "The Positive Side of Negative Disclaimers​," Biopharm Int. Jun;(20):36-39 (2007).

Freschi, G., "Navigating the Research Exemption’s Safe Harbor: Supreme Court to Clarify Scope–Implications for Stem Cell Research in California​," 21 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 855-899 (2005).

Barolo, S., Walker, R.G., Polyanovsky, A.D., Freschi, G., Keil, T., Posakony, J.W., "A Notch-Independent Activity of Suppressor of Hairless is Required for Normal Mechanoreceptor Physiology​," 103 Cell 957-969 (2000).

Lai, E., Bodner, R., Kavaler, J., Freschi, G., Posakony, J.W., "Antagonism of Notch Signaling Activity by Members of a Novel Protein Family Encoded by the Bearded and Enhancer of Split Gene Complexes," 127 Development 291-306 (2000).

Bradley, L.M., Har​​bertson, J., Freschi, G., Kondrack, R., Linton, P.J., "Regulation of the Development and Function of Memory CD4 Subsets," 21 Immunol. Res. 149-158 (2000).

Carver, L., Freschi, G., Posakony, J.W., "In Vitro Analysis of the Su(H) Paired Site (SPS) Upstream of the E(spl)m4 Gene," Proceedings of the Drosophila Research Conference, Seattle, WA (1999).

Lai, E., Bodner, R., Freschi, G., Kavaler, J., Posakony, J.W., "A Novel Gene Family and its Role in Notch Signaling,"Proceedings of the Neurobiology of Drosophila Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, NY (1999).

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