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About Elizabeth

Elizabeth T. Karnas, Ph.D., is an associate in the New York office of Fish & Richardson P.C. 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.

Speaking Engagements

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.

Publications

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.

Focus Areas
Education

J.D. magna cum laude, Suffolk University Law School (2017)


Post-Doctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012)


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


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

Admissions
  • New York 2018
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2017
Memberships & Affiliations

American Chemical Society

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