Jeffrey Bolland

Law Graduate


Dr. Jeffrey Bolland is a law graduate with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice. Jeff focuses on the drafting and prosecution of biotechnology patent applications, as well as assisting in the preparation of freedom to operate and patentability opinions. Jeffrey Bolland is not admitted to practice in any state.

Jeff has extensive technical experience in microbiology, immunology, genetics, and plant physiology. He has five years of experience as a patent agent/patent law clerk, and nearly three years of experience as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned a doctorate in molecular microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Ph.D., 2011). Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Alabama (B.S., 2004). He has co-authored numerous publications appearing in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Microbiology, and the Journal of Bacteriology.


  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 2019)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (Ph.D., Microbiology, 2011)
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bacterial Pathogenesis Training Fellowship
    • President, Graduate Student Government, two terms
    • Most Outstanding Graduating Student Award, Department of Microbiology
    • Six peer-reviewed publications and two international conference presentations
  • University of South Alabama (B.S., 2004)
    • Merck-AAAS Undergraduate Student Research Scholarship
    • Alabama Space Grant Consortium Scholarship
    • UCUR Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
    • Two peer-reviewed publications and two national conference presentations


  • Co-author, “Mycoplasma polysaccharide protects against complement,” Microbiology 158(7):1867-1873 (2012)
  • Co-author, “Mycoplasma pulmonis VSA proteins and polysaccharide modulate adherence to pulmonary epithelial cells,” FEMS Microbiology Letters 331(1):25-30 (2012)
  • Co-author, “Identification of Exopolysaccharide-Deficient Mutants of Mycoplasma pulmonis,” Molecular Microbiology 72(5):1235-1245 (2009)
  • Co-author, “Genetic microheterogeneity and phenotypic variation of Helicobacter pylori arginase in clinical isolates,” B.M.C. Microbiology 7(26):1-15 (2007)
  • Co-author, “A stochastic mechanism for biofilm formation by Mycoplasma pulmonis,” Journal of Bacteriology 189(5):1905-1913 (2007)
  • Co-author, “Helicobacter pylori thioredoxin is an arginase chaperone and guardian against oxidative and nitrosative stresses,” Journal of Biological Chemistery 281(6):3290-3296 (2006)
  • Co-author, “Population structure and reproductive characteristics of the gulf pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli, in Mobile Bay, Alabama,” Estuaries 28(6):957-965 (2005)
  • Co-author, “Effects of environmental estrogens on male gulf pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli (Evermann and Kendall),” Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 74:1207-1212 (2005)

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Student member, American Bar Association
  • Student member, National LGBT Bar Association
  • Student member, American Intellectual Property Law Association


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Jeffrey Bolland is not admitted to practice in any state.