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  • B.S., Biology, University of California San Diego, summa cum laude, 1998
  • Ph.D., Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2005

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Kari Dickinson

Kari is a senior patent agent registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. With 16 years of IP practice, Kari has substantial experience in all aspects of patent prosecution including patent application preparation, U.S. and international prosecution, and patentability search and analysis. Additionally, Kari is skilled at developing comprehensive IP strategies for a diverse clientele which may include freedom-to-operate, inventorship, due diligence, non-infringement and invalidity analyses.

Leveraging her Ph.D., overall background in biology, and her research experience at the Salk Institute, Kari decided to pursue a career in IP law with a biotechnology focus. Kari has a diverse scientific background that includes laboratory research in the fields of molecular and cell biology, embryology, genetics, plant biology, pharmacology, and immunology. Now as a patent agent, her practice areas range from therapeutics to genomics and medical diagnostics to laboratory tools and assays, all of which bring a variety of skills and experience to the table.

“I really like the diversity of subject matter that I get to work on,” said Kari. “It’s never the same thing each day, so there’s always something new to tackle.”

Outside of work, Kari enjoys the outdoors in Southern California, particularly San Diego, where she currently resides with her family. To unwind, Kari can be seen having a laugh at a local comedy club. She and her family will also take any opportunity to travel whenever they can, whether it’s Disney World, the country’s national parks, Hawaii, or overseas in Europe.

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