Gitanjali Chimalakonda

Law Graduate


Gita Chimalakonda is a patent law clerk at Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice.

Dr. Chimalakonda works with clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on a broad range of technologies including antibodies, protein therapeutics, gene-based therapeutics, vaccines, cancer immunotherapies, cell-based therapeutics, genetic screening, diagnostics, and medical devices. Dr. Chimalakonda has experience drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, conducting IP due diligence and freedom-to-operate analyses, and providing litigation support related to infringement and invalidity.

Prior to joining Foley, Dr. Chimalakonda was a patent agent with Ropes & Gray LLP. Her experience also includes working as an intern at Partners Healthcare – Research Ventures and Licensing, where she assisted the technology transfer group in evaluating the patentability of partners-owned technology.


Dr. Chimalakonda obtained her Ph.D in molecular biology from Princeton University (2011). Her doctoral work focused on understanding outer membrane biogenesis and in particular, lipid assembly, in Gram-negative bacteria using genetics and biochemical techniques. Dr. Chimalakonda earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College (A.B., magna cum laude, 2005). Dr. Chimalakonda is currently attending Fordham University Law School to obtain her J.D.


Dr. Chimalakonda is registered to practice as a patent agent before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Co-author,“Lipoprotein LptE is Required for the Assembly of LptD by the β-barrel Assembly Machine in the Outer Membrane of Escherichia Coli,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (February 2011)
  • Co-author, “Characterization of the Two-Protein Complex in Escherichia Coli Responsible for Lipopolysaccharide Assembly at the Outer Membrane,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (March 2010)