Jolene S. Fernandes

Professional Biography

Jolene S. Fernandes, J.D., Ph.D., partners with life science clients at all stages of the intellectual property (IP) life cycle, including the creation, commercialization, and enforcement of client IP assets to formulating strategies for mitigating risks posed by competitor IP to further her clients’ business objectives.

Jolene’s practice is focused on IP prosecution and counseling in a diverse array of technologies, including next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based diagnostics, artificial intelligence-based theragnostic platforms, biological therapeutics, including antibodies, vaccines, gene therapy, CAR T cells, exosomes, peptides, chimeric proteins, antisense and siRNA oligonucleotides, stem cells, natural products, digital therapeutics, and alternative energy sources. Jolene has a unique ability to rapidly distill complex, and often interdisciplinary, technical subject matter and provide pragmatic and cogent business solutions for securing and monetizing commercially valuable IP rights. Jolene is a partner and a member of the Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice.

Jolene routinely assists her clients with patentability assessments, preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents, global IP strategy and portfolio management, due diligence relating to joint ventures and acquisitions, preparation and analysis of interinstitutional agreements and licenses, product clearance searches, infringement analysis and preparation of invalidity and noninfringement opinions, inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, and litigation support.

Jolene is especially well-versed in the field of precision oncology. Her experience is routinely sought out by world-class institutions in oncology to develop and implement patent strategies for an entire gamut of oncology-related commercial products, including digital and wet-lab diagnostic tools that leverage genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, epigenetic, and histological biomarkers, neoantigen vaccines, adoptive cell therapy, radioimmunotherapy, stem cells, and more. Clients value Jolene for her innate talent to connect with all stakeholders within their institutions from high-profile scientists and R&D experts to technology licensing officers, in-house legal departments, and upper management. Jolene enjoys and is committed to assisting clients with delivering these cutting-edge advances to the market.

Jolene deeply values her experience as a Foley-grown attorney, starting from her days as a Foley summer associate in 2012. During her tenure at the California Institute of Technology, Jolene worked as a scientific database curator at WormBase Consortium after obtaining her Ph.D. in biology, with a specialty in molecular biology and developmental genetics.

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