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Background

Over the past six years, Dr. Teresa Lavoie has developed, managed, and overseen the sale of patent portfolios worth more than $33 billion in deal value. Her international practice focuses on strategic patent counseling, prosecution, and portfolio development advice, including patent opinions, due diligence, freedom-to-operate analyses, and life cycle management strategies. Dr. Lavoie’s clients range from start-up and emerging companies developing life-saving therapeutics and diagnostics to academic and research institutions inventing disruptive platform technologies for the biotechnology and biopharma industries. She has extensive experience in the areas of small-molecule and biologic pharmaceuticals (including antibody technologies and immunotherapies, such as CAR-T therapies), drug formulation and drug delivery technologies, diagnostics, clean and alternative (animal- and environmentally-friendly) food technologies, protein biochemistry and engineering, cell systems engineering, nanotechnologies, plant biotechnology and genomics, and green/environmental chemistries. Dr. Lavoie also has significant transactional experience in various aspects of IP licensing, including sponsored research, feasibility, and development and commercialization agreements.

Dr. Lavoie’s clients are located in the major biotechnology, academic/research institution, and start-up clusters around the country and the world, including San Francisco, Cambridge/Boston, and San Diego. Representative clients include: 10x Genomics, First Wave Bio, IFM Due, CytomX Therapeutics, Samumed, Cadent Therapeutics, Kyverna Therapeutics, Coherus BioSciences, Cellphire, Impossible Foods, Albireo Pharmaceuticals, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Carmot Therapeutics, Concert Pharmaceuticals, Seattle Genetics, HCW Biologics, Pivot Bio, Chinook Therapeutics, Gasherbrum Bio, Annapurna Bio, Seelos Therapeutics, Array BioPharma (prior to its acquisition by Pfizer for $11.4B), IFM Therapeutics (prior to its acquisition by BMS for $2.2B), IFM Tre (prior to its acquisition by Novartis for $1.6B), Loxo Oncology (prior to acquisition by Eli Lilly for $8 billion), and Onyx Pharmaceuticals (prior to acquisition by Amgen for $9.7 billion).

In addition to her work on behalf of clients, Dr. Lavoie runs the firm’s industry-leading Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, an immersive 2.5-day program designed to intensely train junior attorneys and patent agents of the firm and firm clients in the skills of strategic and value-focused patent prosecution.

Dr. Lavoie’s passion for advancing women in the legal industry and her involvement in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in both STEM and law has been a hallmark of her legal practice and volunteer commitments throughout her career. For three years, she chaired Fish & Richardson’s EMPOWER (Enrichment, Mentorship, Partnering, Opportunities, Wisdom, Excellence, and Responsibility) Initiative, which seeks to address issues of unique importance to women in the legal profession. She has also been a member of the firm’s Compensation Committee for four years. In addition, Dr. Lavoie serves as Co-Chair of the Equity Committee for Minnesota Women Lawyers, a volunteer organization dedicated to advancing the success of women attorneys and striving for a just society.

Recently, Dr. Lavoie endowed The Anna E. Lavoie Memorial Lectureship at Providence College in tribute to her late mother. Its purpose is to encourage undergraduates to consider a wide array of career paths in the sciences through interaction with distinguished scientists and other professionals. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, teaching Biotechnology Patent Law.

Prior to joining Fish, Dr. Lavoie worked as an Intellectual Property Specialist for Epix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (1996-2000), as a Special Projects Coordinator for Environmental Waste Management Associates, Inc. (1995-1996), and as a Research Assistant at Princeton University (1990-1995).

Fish & Richardson attorney Teresa Lavoie

Education

University of Minnesota Law School 2002
J.D.
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif


Princeton University 1996
Chemistry, Ph.D.


Princeton University 1993
Chemistry, M.A.


Providence College 1989
Chemistry, B.S.
summa cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1998
  • Minnesota 2003

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Fish & Richardson Management Committee

Other Distinctions

Accolades

Minnesota Lawyer named Dr. Lavoie “Attorney of the Year” (2019, 2017).

Winner of the “2019 Diversity Leader Award” from Profiles in Diversity.

Dr. Lavoie is recognized as a 2017-2019 WIPR Leader, a 2016-2020 “Top Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property, an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2020), a “Leading Patent Professional” by IAM Patent 1000, and a 2016-2019 “Life Sciences IP Star” by LMG Life Sciences. In 2015, she received a “Women Worth Watching” Award from Profiles in Diversity Journal. In 2009, she was named a Top 25 “Women to Watch” by The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and in 2006 she was voted an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Minnesota Lawyer.

Selected presentations and publications

Dr. Lavoie has numerous scientific publications directed to her doctoral research studying the structure-function implications and energetics of protein folding and protein-DNA interactions.

Dr. Lavoie also routinely presents at various life science patent and industry meetings, including the firm’s Life Science Summits, its Boston Biotech Seminar Series, and its Twin Cities Patents on Tap Series.

Structuring Biotech & Pharma Startup Portfolios for Global Impact, Value, and Partnering,” speaker, NJIPLA’s Pharmaceutical/Chemical Patent Practice Update Webinar Series (October 21, 2020).

Structuring Biotech & Pharma Startup Portfolios for Global Impact, Value, and Partnering,” presented with Angela Follett, Fish Life Sciences Webinar Series (July 30, 2020).

Navigating to the Safe Harbor: What to Know in Advance,” presented with Brian Coggio, Fish Life Sciences Webinar Series (July 21, 2020).

How to Build Your Life Sciences Patent Due Diligence Team,” co-authored with Chad Shear, The Recorder (July 20, 2020).

Special Topics Related to Obviousness in the Context of Drug Development,” presented with Angela Follett, Fish Life Sciences Webinar Series (June 23, 2020).

The Data Room in Patent Due Diligence: Perspectives from Two Doors,” co-authored with Chad Shear, The Recorder (May 29, 2020).

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