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Samantha Pilicer, PhD

Patent Agent

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Samantha is a registered patent agent with a background in chemistry and significant patenting experience in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotech spaces. She focuses her practice on US and international patent prosecution and counseling, managing large-scale patent portfolios, IP due diligence, and patent opinion work. Samantha advises life sciences and chemical companies of all sizes, including clinical-stage biotechnology companies and midsize pharmaceutical businesses.

Prior to joining Mintz, Samantha worked as a patent agent and earlier as a technology specialist at a global law firm. She was also a technical specialist/scientific advisor at an intellectual property law firm.

Samantha has experience with multistep, organometallic, and classical synthesis techniques as well as diverse analytical chemistry approaches including Chiral HPLC, assorted optical analytical techniques, and X-ray crystallography.

She completed her doctoral work in synthetic organic chemistry with a focus on chirality and analytical molecular recognition assays. While earning her PhD, Samantha served as a technical development lead/visiting researcher-scholar for a company developing reagent kits for the high-throughput discovery of asymmetric reactions and as a graduate teaching assistant.


  • Co-author, "Ninhydrin Revisited: Quantitative Chirality Recognition of Amines and Amino Alcohols Based on Nondestructive Dynamic Covalent Chemistry," Journal of Organic Chemistry (September 2020)
  • Co-author, "High-throughput Determination of Enantiopurity by Microplate Circular Dichroism," Journal of Organic Chemistry (August 2020)
  • Co-author, "Predictive Chirality Sensing via Schiff Base Formation," Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (July 2019)
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  • Member, American Chemical Society (2014 – present)
  • Member, Chemical Society of Washington (2015 – 2020)
  • Assistant Chair, Younger Chemists Committee (2016 – 2018)
  • Committee Member, Project SEED (2016 – 2018)
  • Youth Outreach Volunteer, Georgetown University Chemistry Department (2016 – 2017)
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