Carissa Childs is an associate and registered patent attorney in the Health Sciences Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Rochester office. Dr. Childs focuses her practice on patent procurement in the United States and abroad, representing university and company clients.
Dr. Childs handles a variety of patent matters in the life sciences and biotechnology fields. With experience in the areas of molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience and toxicology, Dr. Childs has prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to nucleic acid, peptide and antibody therapeutics; cancer immunotherapeutics; vaccines; diagnostic and personalized medicine technologies; stem cell technologies and therapeutics; high-throughput nucleic acid detection assays and platform devices; toxicological screening assays; and tissue engineering technologies.
In addition to patent prosecution, Dr. Childs has experience in post-issuance procedures, including patent interference proceedings and ex parte reexamination. She has also counseled clients regarding validity and infringement, and has drafted and negotiated confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements and licensing agreements.
Before joining Pepper, Dr. Childs was an attorney at another national law firm. She previously worked as a licensing associate and in-house counsel at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Office of Technology Transfer, where she was responsible for evaluating invention disclosures, monitoring patent prosecution and licensing technologies to commercial partners.