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About Jay

Jay Kugler DeYoung is a principal in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Her practice emphasizes U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, opinion work, and strategic counseling, primarily in biotechnology and other life sciences. Ms. DeYoung focuses on helping academic and research institutions, hospitals, and startup biotech companies protect their cutting-edge and foundational scientific discoveries with strong intellectual property rights.

Ms. DeYoung’s graduate work included cloning, mutating and expressing potassium and chloride channels in mammalian cells and Xenopus laevis oocytes, as well as using biochemistry, electrophysiology, and fluorescence and confocal imaging to look at the function of those channels in living cells.

Ms. DeYoung’s practice includes prosecution of patent applications in all areas of molecular biology and biochemistry including: cell and gene therapies; various technologies relating to microbial production of therapeutic and nutritional compounds; recombinant nucleic acid and protein products, and methods of producing them; methods of treating human and animal disease; transgenic animals and cell lines; virology (including viral vectors. methods of treating viral infections and producing viruses) and vaccines. Special areas of expertise include inventions involving gene and genome editing (e.g., CRISPR, TALE, and ZFN); translational and transcriptional modulation; stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells; diagnostic, prognostic, and pharmacogenomic biomarkers (e.g., genomic, proteomic, and metabolic biomarkers); next generation sequencing; assays; therapies and diagnostics for autoimmune diseases, mental illnesses, and cancers, including immunotherapies for cancers such as the administration of antibodies or engineered cells; and molecular design and modeling of drugs.

Ms. DeYoung is chair of the firm’s women’s initiative, EMPOWER (Enrichment, Mentorship, Partnering, Opportunities, Wisdom, Excellence, and Responsibility), which promotes the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women on the firm’s legal staff. As chair, Ms. DeYoung supports Fish’s ongoing efforts to improve its culture of intentional inclusion. She leads the firm’s biennial EMPOWER summits, which provide women at all experience levels throughout the firm with an opportunity to make meaningful connections with each other, and develops strategies to attract and retain women both at the firm and in the legal profession.

Speaking Engagements

​”Patent Eligible Subject Matter” (May 16, 2016). View ​presentation materials. ​

Presentation to The Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and The Schepens Eye Research Institute – “Patents – Just the Basics” (March 31, 2016). View​ Presentation Materials. 

“Is My Project Patentable? (And What Does that Really Mean?)” – A presentation for researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital (June 23, 2015). View presentation materials. 

Presentation to the Boston Seminar Series – “Practical 101″ (April 8, 2015).

Presentation to Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary and the Office of Intellectual Property & Commercial Ventures – Recent Changes in US Patent Law (July 11, 2013). View presentation materials.

Presentation to University of Massachusetts Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property Case Managers Meeting – Changes in US and European Patent Law: What YOU Need to Know (February 5, 2013). View presentation materials.

Presentation to University of Massachusetts Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property Case Managers Meeting – The “America Invents Act”: What You Need to Know (October 11, 2011).

Ms. DeYoung was honored as a “2018 Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

In 2011, she was selected as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Bar Association. This award is presented annually to twenty “lawyers who have been members of the bar for ten years or less, but who have already distinguished themselves in some way and appear poised for even greater accomplishments.”

Ms. DeYoung has also been named a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property by New England Super Lawyers magazine for 2009 and 2010.

Focus Areas
Education

M.S., Biology, University of Chicago (2001)


J.D., University of Chicago Law School (2000)


A.B., Russian Civilization, University of Chicago (1992)

Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2002
  • Massachusetts 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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September 8, 2020
Fish & Richardson Named a 2020 “Best Law Firm for Women” by Working Mother
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July 15, 2020
Fish Teams Up With Former NASA Astronauts to Create Virtual Space Camp
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May 7, 2020
Jay Kugler DeYoung Named Chair of Fish & Richardson’s EMPOWER Women’s Initiative
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April 1st, 2020 | 5:30 pm EDT
Science Club for Girls: 2020 Catalyst Awards
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October 7th, 2019 | 6:00 pm EDT
Mass. Eye and Ear's 10th Annual Sense-ation! Gala
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May 1, 2019
Jay Kugler DeYoung Featured in Diversity & Flexibility Alliance's "Spotlight on Flex"
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October 4th, 2018 | 6:00 pm EDT
Mass Eye and Ear's 9th Annual Sense-ation! Gala
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October 18th, 2018 | 5:30 pm EDT
2018 Mass Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law
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August 9, 2018
Fish & Richardson Principal Jay Kugler DeYoung Named to 2018 “Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
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October 17th, 2017 | 6:00 pm EDT
Massachusetts Eye and Ear: 2017 Sense-ation! Gala
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February 24th, 2017 | 8:30 am EST
Moffitt Cancer Center: Eleventh Annual Business of Biotech 2017 Conference
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October 6th, 2016 | 6:00 pm EDT
Massachusetts Eye and Ear: 2016 Sense-ation! Gala
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