Alice O. Martin, Ph.D. Partner
In addition to her patent law practice, Alice is a geneticist by training. Her immediate understanding of science and cutting-edge invention is further supported by her creativity in applying the law to pioneering innovation. As a result, Alice’s experience spans a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, agriculture and plants, animals, medical compositions and devices, laboratory equipment, genetics, treatments and assays for various diseases, surgical techniques, tissue culture methods and equipment.
Alice offers significant experience in the specialized area of the biotechnology of plants. Over the course of her career, she has obtained many U.S. and foreign utility patents for major corporations. Notably, Alice obtained the first fertile transgenic corn plant patent, which then involved an interference proceeding that the client won.
Alice is familiar with representation for utility patents on plants and provisions under the Plant Patent Act and the Plant Variety Protection Act. Alice has also prosecuted patents involving many types of trees, corn and rice. She has advised on patents involving U.S., Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and foreign countries for various plants and plant techniques for universities and other organizations. She is familiar with wheat, watermelon and the like.
Prior to practicing law, Alice worked as 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. Her academic and research experience provides insight and understanding of the inventions to be protected by universities.
She 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.
Professional and Community Involvement
Co-chair, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Plant Biotech Subcommittee
Member, American Seed Technology Association (ASTA) Intellectual Property, Biotechnology and Emerging Technologies Committees
Member, Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance
Former member, National Institutes of Health Study Sections
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
Member, BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) Amicus, Patenting Working Group and IP Corporate Counsel Committees
Member, Intellectual Property Advisory Board of the John Marshall Law School
Guest lecturer, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2019; Lawyer of the Year, 2016
Illinois Super Lawyers, 2013-2019
Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media