Maki Saitoh is a patent agent in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution practice group, where she writes and revises patent applications for a variety of domestic and international clients in a wide range of technical areas.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Saitoh worked as a patent analyst at a patent search company conducting prior art, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate/infringement analyses. She also performed long-term patent landscape studies to identify trends in a technology field, deliver competitive intelligence and identify potential research and licensing opportunities. While her expertise are in the chemical and biotech fields, she also handled mechanical engineering (automobiles) and electrical engineering (LCD, wireless communications, video/audio encoding, etc.) patent analyses.

Ms. Saitoh also spent seven years working as a researcher at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research/Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School. There she studied the basic mechanisms of regulating growth by small molecules in animals to elucidate the role of stem cells in cancer development.

Additionally, Ms. Saitoh served as a document reviewer to assist in reviewing correspondence, arguments, memos, and briefs for 9 international patent litigation cases of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, semiconductor, automobile, and computer science.


  • Michigan State University (M.S.)
    • Genetics
  • Michigan State University (B.S., with honors)
    • Microbiology
  • Michigan State University (B.S., with honors)
    • Zoology (concentration in Genetics)


  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Japanese