Alice O. Martin, Ph.D.

  • One North Wacker Drive
    Suite 4400
    Chicago, IL 60606-2833

Alice O. Martin is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Department where she concentrates on international patent prosecution, litigation opinions and due diligence investigations. Dr. Martin’s practice covers biotechnology, agriculture-plants and animals, medical compositions and devices, laboratory equipment, genetics, treatments and assays for various diseases, surgical techniques, tissue culture methods, stage equipment, computer systems, business methods and waste management and monitoring. 

Dr. Martin was a member of the National Institutes of Health Study Sections and has written more than 100 articles for scientific and legal publications and delivered more than 50 presentations nationally and internationally on scientific and legal issues. She was recommended by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law and has been named on The Best Lawyers in America list for 12 years in the fields of biotechnology law and intellectual property. In 2016, she was recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America for her work in biotechnology law. Dr. Martin has been recognized on the Illinois Super Lawyers list and is also listed as a Top-Rated Lawyer for intellectual property by AV Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Dr. Martin was recognized by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as a 2013 "Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property."

Dr. Martin received her M.S. in genetics from the University of Michigan in 1963 and her Ph.D. in biology (genetics) in 1969 from Case Western Reserve University. She received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law, Chicago in 1989. 

Prior to practicing law, Dr. Martin was a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School as well as a certified Medical Geneticist and Cytogenetics Laboratory director at Northwestern Memorial Hospitals. She was the principal investigator on many NIH and NCI research grants. This academic and research experience provides insight and understanding of the inventions to be protected by universities.

Dr. Martin is a member of the American Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and co-chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Subcommittee on Plant Biotechnology. She is a member of the BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) Amicus, Patenting Working Group and IP Corporate Counsel Committees. Dr. Martin is a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Board of the John Marshall School of Law. She is a guest lecturer at Loyola Law School of Chicago. In addition to being admitted to practice in Illinois, Dr. Martin is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 7th and Federal Circuits. 

She is a member of the American Seed Technology Association and on the Biotechnology and the Intellectual Property committees, and a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).