Jana Nelson is a patent attorney in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution group, specializing in serving the life science industry through all aspects of intellectual property law.  She regularly advises clients ranging from technology startups to large corporations and universities, and has become a legal counselor of choice for companies and institutions - particularly in South America - seeking to appropriately protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property in the United States.

Ms. Nelson has significant experience drafting complicated patent applications and handling all stages of patent prosecution, as well as in strategic counseling, due diligence, licensing, and preparing complex freedom-to-operate and patent validity opinions.  In view of her scientific background, her areas of expertise are heavily focused in the chemical and biotechnology arts, including molecular biology, immunology, immunotherapies, protein chemistry, recombinant technologies, genome editing, gene therapies, microarray technologies, molecular diagnostics, biological and small organic therapeutic compounds and uses, drug conjugates, medical and research diagnostic assays, biomarkers, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food science, and agricultural biotechnology.  An additional area of Ms. Nelson’s expertise is in plant technologies, including not only utility plant patents, but also plant patents under 35 U.S.C. 161 and Plant Variety Certificates.

As more and more life science inventions are becoming affected by the ever-evolving standard for patent eligibility, and pharmaceuticals and biosimilars are subject to increased regulatory and legislative action, Ms. Nelson is skilled at devising strategies for ensuring patent eligibility for such inventions.  Staying at the forefront of legal developments and actively participating in the USPTO’s rulemaking, she has an exceptional understanding of the legal and administrative challenges facing life science companies and has become a regular and sought-after speaker on these topics.  Moreover, Ms. Nelson’s understanding of the laws and regulatory processes affecting successful commercialization of products in the health care industry has allowed Ms. Nelson to also provide counseling regarding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notifications and approvals, prepare paragraph IV Certifications under the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (Hatch-Waxman), and advise on the suitability of post-grant USPTO proceedings for achieving clients’ goals. 

When not pursuing her passion for work and her profession, Jana enjoys spending time with her daughter, playing the piano, and discovering new places in the world.  Stemming from her love for travel, she is also an avid skier, a certified scuba diver, and in the process of completing her Private Pilot Certification. 


  • University of New Hampshire (J.D., 2010)
    • (Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property)
  • University of New Hampshire (LL.M., 2010)
    • (Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.S., 2006)
    • Medical Microbiology and Immunology


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2010
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2009

Court Admissions

  • VA Supreme Court, 2010



Professional Affiliations

  • VA Bar Association – Section of Intellectual Property, Membetr
  • AIPLA, Member
  • IPO – Latin America Practice Committee, Member
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center
  • Federal Allies Institute – Board Member & Co-Chair of Ethics Certification Program


  • Czech
  • Spanish
  • Swedish