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Edmund J. Koundakjian, PhD


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Edmund is an intellectual property attorney and registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on US and international patent prosecution and strategic IP counseling. He has experience with diligence and preparing freedom-to-operate, patentability, invalidity, non-infringement, and patent portfolio analyses. Edmund primarily represents clients in the life sciences, biotechnology, and related industries.

Prior to joining Mintz, Edmund worked as a patent attorney at a multinational law firm, where he prosecuted patents in the United States and other jurisdictions and advised an investment bank on IP diligence issues in more than two dozen transactions.

While attending law school and before law school, Edmund worked for more than eight years as a patent agent in Am Law 100 firms. He earned a JD with an intellectual property concentration and patent law specialization. His law school awarded him a four-year, full academic scholarship. 

Edmund holds a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University, where he researched genes regulating the development of the nerves of the inner ear. He was also awarded a fellowship in Neurobiology and received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, which is a three-year NIH Research Training Grant.

Earlier in his career, Edmund worked as a research technician at the University of California, San Diego, in a Howard Hughes Medical Institute laboratory.


  • Member, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association
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