Aude S Peden



Aude S. Peden, Ph.D., is an associate and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice. Aude focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of domestic and international biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent applications, as well as conducting intellectual property due diligence and patentability, Freedom-to-Operate, invalidity and non-infringement analyses. Aude has extensive technical experience in cell biology, genetics, neurobiology and molecular biology.

Aude served as a law clerk at Foley during law school. Prior to joining Foley, Aude served as an extern and intern with the Office of the General Counsel and the Office for Interactions with Industry at Partners HealthCare System. 


Aude earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law (J.D., 2018), where she was a 2L editor (2016 – 2017) and articles editor (2017 – 2018) for the Journal of Science and Technology Law. She earned her doctorate in molecular and cellular pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and her bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (B.S., magna cum laude) in 1999.


Aude is fluent in French and Fang.


Aude is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin and before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

  • Co-author, Coronavirus Innovation Guideposts on the Eve of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Personalized Medicine Bulletin (July 2020)
  • Co-author, PTAB Strict on Motivation Evidence for Obviousness, PTAB Trial Insights (January 2020)
  • Author, “Betaine acts on a ligand-gated ion channel in the nervous system of the nematode C. elegans,” Nature Neuroscience (2013)
  • Co-author, “R-Ras regulates β1-integrin trafficking via effects on membrane ruffling and endocytosis,” BMC Cell Biology (2010)
  • Co-author, “Nonlinear optical imaging of cellular processes in breast cancer,” Microscopy and Microanalysis (2008)
  • Author, “The small GTPase R-Ras regulates organization of actin and drives membrane protrusions through the activity of PLCepsilon,” Journal of Cell Science (2006)
  • Co-author, “Dissecting autocrine effects on pulsatile release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone in cultured rat hypothalamic tissue,” Experimental Biology and Medicine (2004)
  • Co-author, “Leptin stimulates gonadotropin releasing hormone release from cultured intact hemihypothalami and enzymatically dispersed neurons,” Experimental Biology and Medicine (2001)