Emily Tkac is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group. Emily assists with the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. She also assists in the preparation of opinions of counsel including patentability, non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate analyses. Her technical areas of expertise include molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cancer biology, and therapeutic antibodies.

Emily graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law where she obtained both her J.D. and Intellectual Property Certificate. While in law school, Emily participated in the Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Law Clinic where she assisted innovators in patent application preparation and prosecution. She also worked as a research assistant for Dr. Steven Wilf analyzing both space law and trade secret law.

Prior to law school, Emily received her M.S. in medical science from Boston University. Her graduate research focused on developing a diabetic model of synthetic micro-tissues to study wound healing at Boston University Department of Biomedical Engineering’s Biological Design Center.

Emily received her B.S. in molecular and cellular biology and her B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut. Her undergraduate research focused on testing the transformation efficiency of different microbes as well defining methods to readily and consistently culture microbes from human skin at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine.

  • J.D., Certificate in Intellectual Property, The University of Connecticut School of Law, cum laude
  • M.S., Medical Science, Boston University
  • B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Connecticut
  • B.A., History, University of Connecticut

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  • Maine

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