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Janet M. MacLeod

Janet M. MacLeod

Fox Rothschild LLP

New York City, NY, USA

Janet focuses her practice on the worldwide acquisition and enforcement of patents in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical arts. She has extensive experience in all areas of patent practice, including preparation, prosecution and portfolio management. Janet provides
opinions on patentability, infringement, validity and freedom to operate and also conducts intellectual property due diligence reviews. She has experience in counseling clients on Hatch-Waxman and other patent-related FDA matters.

Janet has prepared and prosecuted patent applications and counseled clients on inventions relating to technologies including small molecule
pharmaceuticals, recombinant therapeutic and diagnostic products, pharmacogenomics, nucleic acid amplification and sequencing methods,
stem cells and antibodies.

Janet’s representative matters include:

  • Conducting freedom to operate analyses and providing product launch advice to mid-size U.S. pharmaceutical company
  • Representing academic research institution in worldwide patent prosecution and licensing matters
  • Representing biopharmaceutical company in IP due diligence analysis involving more than 1,000 patents and patent applications
  • Representing biotechnology company in IP due diligence for proposed merger transaction valued at $1.6 billion.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining the firm, Janet was a partner with Crowell & Moring LLP.

Client Resources

America Invents Act: Micro Entity Status for Institutions of Higher Education
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) has created a new class of patent applicants designated as “micro entities” who are entitled to a 75 percent reduction in certain fees paid to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In this podcast, Janet and Chris Kinkade discuss the criteria applicants need in order to fall within either of two groups defined by the AIA in order to qualify as micro entities.

Honors and Awards

Selected as a "Life Sciences Star" for her outstanding patent work within the inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences 2012.
Selected as a "Super Lawyer" by New York Super Lawyers and Law & Politics Magazine (2010)

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property
Tech & Venture Finance
Trade Secrets
Post-Grant Proceedings

Bar Admissions

New York


J.D., cum laude, Pace University School of Law, 1997
Ph.D., Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 1990
M.S., Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 1987
B.A., Health and Society, Division of Biology and Medicine, Brown University, 1981

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Reg. No. 35,263)


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