Kenneth E. Jenkins, PhD

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  • University of California - Hastings College of the Law (JD)
  • University of Colorado (PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • University of Texas (BS, Biochemistry)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Ken’s practice focuses on patent counseling, primarily in the life sciences, chemical and energy technology industries.

Ken works with innovative companies and research institutions to develop patent claiming and filing strategies, procure patents on cornerstone technologies, and strategically manage patent portfolios to maximize investments. He also counsels lenders and investors in assessing the value of patent assets through due diligence reviews, including validity analyses, freedom-to-operate analyses, and in-licensed technology investigations.

Ken has extensive patent procurement experience in disruptive bioscience and chemical technologies, such as diagnostics, immuno-oncotherapies, small molecule therapeutics, stem cell therapies, antibody therapeutics, green industrial chemical production, enhanced oil recovery, fracking, interfering RNA technologies, nutraceuticals, proteomics, pharmaceutical formulations, and nanotechnologies.

Ken has been recognized repeatedly among Southern California’s leading attorneys. In 2012, the San Diego Daily Transcript named Ken among its “Transcript 10,” a “best of the best” list of San Diego attorneys, selected from across an eclectic mix of practices.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Chambers USA: California – Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution (2016, 2017)
  • San Diego Business Journal: "Best of the Bar" (2014, 2015)
  • Included on the Southern California Super Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law list (2013 – 2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Patent Law (2017 – 2018)
  • Managing Intellectual Property: Patent star - California (2016 – 2018)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript: “Transcript 10” attorney, Top Attorneys (2012)  
  • San Diego Daily Transcript: “Best Young Attorney” (2008)
  • IAM Patent 1000: Recognized as a top patent practitioner with “superlative technical expertise”
  • IAM Patent 1000 World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2016 – 2017)
  • Young Investigator Award, Royal Society of Chemistry

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Past president, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, US Bar Liaison Council, State Intellectual Property Office of China
  • Member, BIOCOM Intellectual Property Committee