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Michelle L. Holmes-Son, PhD

Patent Agent

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Michelle is a registered patent agent with approximately 20 years of experience specializing in the preparation and prosecution of patents in areas including virology, immunology, microarray, peptide drug and regenerative cell-based therapeutics.

At Mintz, Michelle handles all aspects of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in complex patent estates, in particular for clients developing antibody and regenerative cell therapies.  She counsels clients with respect to patent prosecution strategies and patent estate life cycle management, as well as appraises patent estates in support of investment or acquisition transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Michelle worked as a patent agent at a biotechnology development enterprise in Maryland, where she was responsible for patent portfolios in the fields of immunology, oncology, and virology.  She also advised clinical trial stage business lines of potential patent filing strategies and conducted diligence related to potential business development transactions.

Previously, Michelle was a patent agent at a law firm focused on intellectual property. There, she was involved in the preparation and prosecution of complex patent application portfolios over a wide range of biological sciences technologies.


  • University of California - Los Angeles (PhD, Department of Pharmacology)
  • University of Maryland (BS, Biological Sciences, cum laude)

Recognition & Awards

  • University of California: University-wide AIDS Research Dissertation Research Award (1999, 2000)
  • UCLA AIDS Institute: Esther Hayes Student Research Fellowship (1996, 1997)