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Tamara Fraizer PhD



Tamara Fraizer is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley office in California. Her practice emphasizes patent litigation and spans the realms of the life sciences and information technology. She has litigated in numerous federal district courts, and has also tried cases in the US International Trade Commission and participated in proceedings before the USPTO.

Dr. Fraizer began her career as an academic researcher and lecturer in population biology, with emphasis on statistics and computer modeling. She has maintained her technical interests in bioinformatics, data analysis, and software, and, as a registered patent attorney, has prosecuted patents in these areas. She is actively following developments in personalized medicine and digital health, and has assessed and speaks on the role that intellectual property plays in these developing areas.

As a litigator at Fish & Richardson, Dr. Fraizer crosses practice boundaries. She is knowledgeable about the health care and software industries, and enjoys working with companies in these sectors.  She has litigated cases in the life sciences involving genetic engineering, biochemistry, and physiology, as well as those focused on electronic devices involving computer code, electronic circuitry, and mechanical design issues. For example, Dr. Fraizer has handled patent infringement cases involving:

  • Proteins and pharmaceuticals
  • Bioassays
  • Biomedical devices
  • Automated light switches and door openers
  • Internet security systems
  • Database management systems

Relationships and a strong work ethic are important to Dr. Fraizer. She appreciates the need to manage cases to meet her clients’ goals, without compromising the value of solid knowledge of the facts and sound application of the law. She is active in mentoring associates at her firm, supports initiatives and programs for advancement of women in law, sponsors Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley Seminar Series, and regularly attends forums in the Valley focused on entrepreneurship and innovation.


  • California 2001
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 2002

Memberships and Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Litigation and Intellectual Property Law Sections of the California Bar.

Other Distinctions

California “Super Lawyer” in IP Litigation (2011-2013)


  • BS, University of Kansas 1986
    Biology with honors and highest distinction
  • PhD, University of California, Davis 1996
    Population Biology
  • JD, Stanford Law School 2001