Judith Toffenetti, Ph.D.

As principal at KDW with over 30 years of experience, Judith Toffenetti has cultivated a results-oriented approach to intellectual property matters across the life science and biotechnology industries. Drawing from experience at national law firms, she offers astute counsel to KDW clients seeking to leverage cutting edge technology to scale their businesses.


With a PhD in microbial molecular biology, Judith contains a deep understanding of the industry and the factors affecting its respective patent matters. Her client base ranges from established and emerging organizations—from pharmaceutical and ophthalmic companies to biotechnology companies to research institutes and universities.


  • Principal


  • George Washington School of Law, JD, 1994
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Post-doctoral Fellow, 1985
  • Georgetown University
    PhD, Microbial Molecular Biology, 1980
  • Barnard College, BS, Biology, 1975


  • Bar: Maryland; District of Columbia
  • Other: Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent Bar

Practice Areas

  • Patent Counseling
  • Patent Drafting and Prosecution
  • Opinion Work
  • Due Diligence
  • Licensing and Technology Transfer


  • Life Sciences

Notable Legal Expertise

  • Patent portfolio management and strategy in the following technology sectors: small molecule therapies, monoclonal antibodies, genomics, gene therapy, anti-cancer therapies, molecular biology, immunology and pharmaceutical formulations
  • Patent preparation and prosecution in the following industries: pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, plant molecular biology, and medical devices
    • Including on scope, enforceability and transfer of intellectual property rights
  • Drafting and negotiating a broad range of pharmaceutical and biotechnology-based transactions including: licensing, collaborative agreements and other intellectual property-related business transactions


  • McDermott Will & Emery, Partner, 2002–2016
  • Kenyon & Kenyon, LLP, Counsel, 2001–2002, Associate, 1995–2001
  • Sherman and Shalloway, Associate, 1994–1995, Intern, 1990–1994

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