Choate Partners Honored as "Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property

Press Release

 | July 6, 2017

Choate announced today that two of its partners – Dr. Brenda Herschbach Jarrell and Karen Copenhaver – were selected by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine as among the “Top 250 Women in IP” in the world. According to MIP, the “list recognizes female IP practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year.”

Dr. Jarrell is co-chair of the Life Sciences and Intellectual Property Groups. An IP lawyer with keen business savvy, her extensive technical credentials make her well versed in a wide variety of technologies in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical industries. Dr. Jarrell has experience representing companies and institutions at all stages of the life sciences business lifecycle, as well as those who invest in them.

Dr. Jarrell received her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1998 and her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco in biochemistry and molecular biology in 1993. She received an MA and a BA in chemistry, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1988.

Ms. Copenhaver is a partner in the Firm’s Business and Technology group and focuses her practice on technology transfers and licensing of intellectual property, particularly in the areas of cryogenics, patent licensing, software licensing and open source business models. She is widely considered one of the world’s top IP strategists and also serves as a director of intellectual property strategy for the Linux Foundation.

Ms. Copenhaver received her JD from Dickinson School of Law in 1979 and her BA from Dickinson College in 1976.

MIP selects the Top 250 Women in IP from its global list of IP stars for the year. The IP stars list is based on a weighted system of peer and client feedback, combined with a review of information obtained from surveys.


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