2015 Beckman Symposium   

Jonathan M. Spenner, PhD, JD

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Jonathan M. Spenner, PhD, JD

Legal Expertise/Patents & Intellectual Property

Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.

Patent Attorney
1998 Beckman Scholar – Northwestern University

Dr. Spenner is involved in the practice of intellectual property law with particular emphasis in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and chemistry. He has experience in managing international patent portfolios, including those of academic institutions and large corporations. Dr. Spenner has experience in the drafting and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications, has experience in patent oppositions, and also counsels clients regarding freedom-to-operate, patentability, and patent validity. His scientific background is multidisciplinary, exemplified by his doctoral dissertation research in biomacromolecular thermodynamics and structure.

Dr. Spenner earned his undergraduate degree in 1999 in biological sciences with a concentration in biochemistry and biophysics and with a minor in chemistry from Northwestern University, where he was among the first undergraduate Beckman Scholars. After completing his Ph.D. in molecular biophysics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2004, Dr. Spenner worked at prominent law firms in New York City, first as a scientific advisor and then as a patent agent. Dr. Spenner attended law school part-time while working at firms, earning his law degree in 2009 from Fordham University School of Law. Dr. Spenner has been at Leydig, Voit & Mayer since 2008, first as a patent agent while finishing his law degree and then as a practicing patent attorney since 2009.

Dr. Spenner’s Leydig, Voit & Mayer webpage is found below. http://www.leydig.com/attorneys/jonathan-spenner

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