Sabrina I. Houston is senior counsel and an intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Larder LLP. Her practice focuses on strategic intellectual property counseling for small molecule compounds, nucleic acid-based technologies, antibodies, stem cells, nutraceuticals, diagnostics, food technology, and formulations. Dr. Houston is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice.
Dr. Houston was previously an associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati PC where she provided intellectual property counseling for start-up corporations. Dr. Houston’s experience includes managing extensive domestic and foreign patent estates, patent application origination, IP-related due diligence, patentability/landscape analysis, freedom-to-operate analysis, and non-infringement/invalidity opinion drafting.
Dr. Houston earned her law degree from George Washington Law School (J.D., 2010). She graduated from the University of Southern California (Ph.D., biochemistry and molecular biology, 2007) where she wrote her thesis titled, “Studies of the Biological Relevance of Histone H4 Lysine 20 Monomethylation: Discovery of its Role in the Cell Cycle and Localization within the Human Genome.” Dr. Houston earned her bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and development biology from the University of California (B.A., 2002). She was the recipient of the National Institutes of Health USC/Norris Cancer Center Pre-doctoral Fellowship and the California Breast Cancer Research Program Pre-doctoral Training Grant.
Dr. Houston is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.