Jennifer L. Best-Martin, Ph.D. is a senior counsel and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice focuses on strategic intellectual property counseling, patent prosecution, invalidity and non-infringement analyses, freedom-to-operate analysis, and intellectual property due diligence in the areas of biotechnology, immunology, microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, and genetics. She has extensive drafting and prosecution experience in life science technologies, including biologics, gene-based therapeutics, oligonucleotide therapeutics, antisense, siRNA, cancer therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostics. Jennifer is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice.
Prior to joining Foley, Jennifer was an associate with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. where she developed her patent prosecution practice, counseled clients on intellectual property strategy, and assisted in due diligence projects for intellectual property acquisitions and company mergers. Jennifer also worked as a technical specialist and patent agent for seven years at various law firms in the San Diego area. In addition, she was a research associate for The Salk Institute for Biological Studies where she received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award and designed and implemented diagnostic screens for small molecule inhibitors.
Jennifer earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 2011) where she received CALI Awards (recognizing highest grade in class) for patent litigation and professional responsibility in the fall of 2009. She was also a member of the San Diego International Law Journal and Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity.
Jennifer received her doctorate of philosophy from Harvard University (Ph.D., 2001) in microbiology and molecular genetics, where she was an Albert J. Ryan Foundation Scholar and received the Yamaguchi Research Award in the Division of Hematology of Children’s Hospital. During this time, she was a doctoral candidate in the Department of Genetics in Children’s Hospital where she designed and implemented cell-based screens and in vitro phosphorylation screens for the identification of kinase regulatory proteins.
Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in molecular genetics from the University of Rochester (B.S., magna cum laude, 1995).
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Jennifer is admitted to practice in California. She is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Jennifer is a member of the San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association and American Intellectual Property Law Association. She also is an associate member of Athena San Diego and an Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Alumnus.