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Kevin A. O'Connor, Ph.D.

Kevin A. O'Connor, Ph.D.

Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Kevin A. O’Connor has represented clients in all aspects of patent law, including patent prosecution, strategic management of patent portfolios, due diligence investigations for acquisitions and mergers, freedom to operate investigations, post-grant practice and litigation. Kevin’s work has encompassed a broad spectrum of technologies in the biotechnological, pharmaceutical and medical device arts, including therapeutic antibodies and peptides, small molecules, and nucleic acids such as silencing RNAs and their use in treating conditions such as autoimmune diseases, pain, cancer and neurological diseases; stem cells and the cell therapy field; nutraceuticals; coronary stent systems; hematology analyzers and controls; and diabetes management devices.

Kevin donates his time and energy to advocacy for blood cancer research and serves on the Leadership Board of the Illinois Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Kevin received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado. His studies focused on interactions between the central nervous system and the immune system, with emphasis on the role of immune cell products, particularly cytokines, in central nervous system function. After finishing his graduate work, Kevin joined the Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology Program at Children’s Memorial Research Center in Chicago to study the pathophysiology of a pediatric inflammatory disease. As an undergraduate at Creighton University, he was awarded a fellowship to study pharmacological and environmental regulation of serotonin receptors in the brain. His laboratory work involved utilization of various molecular biology techniques, immunoassays, and in vitro cell culture techniques.

Kevin is author of 21 peer-reviewed journal articles on cytokine effects in the central nervous system, cytokine gene expression, and viral mediated gene therapy and has presented his work at various national and international scientific meetings. Kevin has also been listed as a Rising Star in the 2016-2017 editions of Illinois Super Lawyers. Kevin was honored by the Law Bulletin as one of the “40 Illinois Lawyers Under 40 To Watch” in 2016.

While in law school, Kevin served as a Senior Associate for the Chicago-Kent Law Review and served as a judicial extern for Judge Matthew Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Kevin A. O'Connor, Ph.D. is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2018: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, Chicago, IL
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