An experienced team
Dr. Ward has over 25 years of law firm and in-house counsel experience. She has legal and technical expertise representing both established and emerging commercial organizations in biotechnology areas that include protein and nucleic acid chemistry, drug delivery systems and devices. In addition, Dr. Ward has represented clients in the alternative energy (green tech) fields, the mechanical arts, and pharmaceuticals.
From leading-edge biotech companies founded on Nobel prize winning science to startups focusing on environment-saving technologies, Dr. Ward specializes in, and has managed the creation, growth and competitive positioning of intellectual property portfolios covering some of the most innovative and complex areas of scientific discovery.
B.S. BIOLOGY, with honors-1986 Cumberland University-Lebanon, TN
Ph.D. BIOCHEMISTRY-1996 University of Kentucky-College of Medicine-Lexington, KY
Spectroscopic Studies of Canine Osteocalcin
Post-Doctoral Fellow-CHEMISTRY- 1996-1997 Vanderbilt University-Nashville, TN
Development of MALDI-TOF MS Methods for DNA adducts
J.D. cum laude, 2006 Thomas Jefferson School of Law-San Diego, CA
She is a member of the state bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Attorney Bryan has been part of the team at DT Ward, PC since 2011. She works with clients in a broad range of areas to design and execute IP strategies that would support the clients’ objectives through patent drafting and prosecution, patentability, freedom to operate analysis, due diligence, portfolio expansion and development, portfolio management, and trademark protection. Jen focuses primarily in the areas of nucleic acid-based therapy, gene therapy, bioinformatics and immuno-oncology therapies.
Attorney Bryan received her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut, graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. While at UCONN, she worked with the United States Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Development Laboratory (CRREL) researching the dissolution of explosive and propellant residues on military training ranges. Jen received her J.D. and LL.M.-IP from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).
B.S. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING – 2008 University of Connecticut – Mansfield, CT
INTERNATIONAL LAW STUDIES, SUMMER PROGRAM – 2009 University College Cork- Cork Ireland
J.D. LL.M.-IP, MASTER OF LAWS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – 2011 University of New Hampshire School of Law – Concord NH
She is a member of the state bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Ms. Zhu is a patent agent at the firm. She received a Master of Science degree in organic chemistry from Purdue University in May 2008. In graduate school, Heng conducted research on functional gold nano materials, in particular polyethylene glycol-coated gold surfaces as protein-resistant materials.
Prior to joining DT Ward, PC, Ms. Zhu worked as a Patent Analyst, prosecuting patent applications in the areas of polymers and paints, fuel cells, and medical devices. She also worked as a Patent Classifier contractor for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office classifying patents and pre-grant publications in the polypeptide/protein, fuel cell, and chemical reactor areas. Ms. Zhu is fluent in mandarin Chinese.
B.S. CHEMISTRY – 2004 Nanjing University – China
M.S. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY – 2008 Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
Debi has been a patent paralegal for 15 years, and has over 25 years experience in the legal field. Her expertise is in the area of foreign patent prosecution — having dealt effectively with filing patent applications and assisting in navigating patent prosecution in many countries throughout the world.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT PROGRAM – 1987 Katherine Gibbs School – Boston, MA
PARALEGAL CERTIFICATION – 2007 IP Legal Education
Jessica joined DT Ward, PC in 2016 as a Patent Paralegal, and has been a paralegal over 10 years with a primary focus in intellectual property. She is well versed in all aspects of trademark and patent prosecution.
B.A. FRENCH – 2004 Merrimack College – North Andover, MA
Laurie joined DT Ward, PC in 2017 and is the firm’s Office Manager and Executive Assistant. She has over ten years’ experience in office management and administration and has a varied background in pharmacy, human services, and catering and event planning.
Laurie is responsible for supporting the firm’s administrative functions and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where she earned a degree in Psychology.
B.A. PSYCHOLOGY – 2005 University of Massachusetts – Lowell, MA
Melissa joined DT Ward, PC in the Fall of 2018 as an Administrative Assistant, and has more than five years of experience in office management. Melissa is a graduate of Rivier University.
B.A. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, GENERAL SPECIAL EDUCATION, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – 2014 Rivier University – Nashua, NH
Dr. Patil joined DT Ward, PC as a Patent Agent in May 2019. Her technical expertise is in the fields of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, biochemistry, biotechnology, polymers, drug delivery and medical devices. Prior to joining DT Ward, PC, she was a patent agent at Nixon Peabody, LLP in Boston.
After finishing her Ph.D., Kalyani was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and Tufts University where she worked on medicinal chemistry developing the next generation of cancer treatments and antibiotics. She also briefly led a university start-up to commercialize innovative medical instrumentation.
B.Sc. CHEMISTRY – 1998 University of Mumbai – India
M.Sc. CHEMISTRY – 2000 Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay, India
Ph.D. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY – 2005 North Dakota State University – Fargo, ND
Applications of Stereoselective Radical Reactions in Synthesis
Avery joined DT Ward, PC in 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining the team, he earned his degree in Sociology with a major concentration in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN.
B.S. SOCIOLOGY, – 2017
Tennessee Tech University – Cookeville, TN
Dr. Tressler started at DT Ward, PC in October of 2020. He received a BS in Biology from West Virginia University. After 2 years of post-graduate study there he moved to Texas A&M to pursue a PhD in zoology, with a focus in neurobiology. He worked with Dr. Mike Smotherman on the neural control of vocalization in bats; employing research techniques from areas including neuropharmacology, electrophysiology, behavioral ethology, and neuroanatomy. His dissertation described the development of a model for the study of Parkinsonian dysarthria in bats, demonstrating the role of the Basal Ganglia in mammalian vocalization as well as a likely cause underlying the dysarthria symptoms.
Jedediah completed a post-doc at The University of Oregon, in the lab of Dr. Nathan Tublitz, studying the neural control of color change behavior in cuttlefish as well as working on sequencing the complete genome of the common cuttlefish.
B.S. BIOLOGY- 2002
West Virginia University – Morgantown, WV
Ph.D. ZOOLOGY (NEUROBIOLOGY) – 2010
Texas A&M University – College Station, TX
Juli joined DT Ward, PC in 2021 as a Docketing Paralegal. She has more than 20 years of experience in Intellectual Property and is proficient in all aspects of Patent Prosecution and Docketing. Juli has worked as a Patent Assistant, Docketing Specialist, IP Coordinator, and Supervisor, has shepherded patent portfolios for small, mid-size and large firms, and is cognizant of the needs of clients and colleagues alike.
Dr. Kang focuses on drafting patent applications and due diligence investigations in the field of biotechnology. She graduated from The University of Akron with a PhD in Polymer Science. Her technical expertise lies in macromolecule physics, chemistry, and engineering. Her graduate research included solid-state NMR technology, molecular structure, and dynamics of macromolecules. Before her PhD study, she majored in textile chemistry in Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology.
B.S. TEXTILE CHEMISTRY – 2010
Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology – China
Ph.D. POLYMER SCIENCE – 2016
The University of Akron
Registered to Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
At DT Ward, it’s not business as usual.
Why we do what we do
We believe that the translation of science
is critical to our future and the survival
Our mission is to work tirelessly in support of our clients as they create, transform and leverage science for the betterment of our world.
What we believe and who we are
We believe we can change the world.
We believe in science and supporting scientists.
We are curious, generous, humble, loyal & grateful.
We are not afraid to be wrong.
We are not afraid to fail.
We are a TRUSTING TEAM.
ALWAYS tell the truth & ALWAYS do the right thing.
TAKE the initiative & BE accountable.
LOOK at the problem differently & AMPLIFY what works.
FIX only what is broken & KEEP solutions simple.
MAKE long-term PROGRESS.