M. Lisa Wilson

With three decades of experience, M. Lisa Wilson lends pragmatic advice to a global set of clients that range from start-ups to large public companies. With a honed focus on life sciences, she brings a breadth of scientific knowledge and understanding to strategic worldwide patent portfolio development, patent prosecution, diligence and licensing of plant, pharmaceutical and biotechnical products.


  • Counsel


  • University of Oregon, OR, BA, Chemistry and German, 1981
  • Yale University, CT, M. Phil., Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, 1984
  • Yale University, CT, Ph.D., Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, 1989
  • St. John’s University School of Law, NY, JD, cum laude, 1995


  • Bar: New York
  • Other: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Practice Areas

  • Patent Counseling
  • Patent Drafting and Prosecution
  • Product Clearance


  • Design Patent Procurement
  • Patent Drafting and Prosecution
  • Licensing and Technology
  • Transactions
  • Trademarks

Notable Legal Expertise

  • Patent Prosecution
  • Due diligence
  • Patent landscaping
  • Opinion writing
  • Licensing
  • Worldwide patent portfolio management in diverse technologies

Representative Technological Expertise

  • Immunology
  • Vaccines and antibodies
  • Plants
  • Cancer therapeutics (including stem cells and diagnostics), gene therapy, and viral-based products
  • Molecular genetics
  • Microbiology and small molecular pharmaceuticals
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Peptide therapeutics and diagnostics
Lisa’s practice—in-house as well as at law firms—and genetic conservation science policy experience has laid the foundation for her clear perspective on strategically managing intellectual property matters for KDW clients.


  • Wilson IP Law, Sole Practitioner, 2007– 2021
  • AAAS Science & Technology Fellow, USAID, Bureau for Food Security, 2015–2017
  • TyRx, Patent Counsel, 2007–2011
  • Duane Morris, Partner, 2004–2006
  • Hale and Dorr, Junior Partner, 2000–2004
  • Kenyon & Kenyon, Associate, 1996-2000
  • United Biomedical, Patent Director, 1992-1996
  • Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, Patent Agent, 1988-1992


  • Wilson, M.L. (2017) Presentation to the Plant Special Interest Group at AUTM 2017 Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL. The U.S. Joins the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Implications for Plant Technology Managers.
  • Wilson, M.L. (2016) Panelist, 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress, New Delhi, India. Working with USAID: How to Enhance the value of SeeD and like-minded initiatives.
  • Wilson, M.L. (2005) American Conference Institute’s “The 5th Advanced Forum on Biotech Patents: Analysis, Insights and Strategies for New Challenges in Biotech Patents,” New York, NY. Enabling Biotech Patents: Is it Cold Fusion in Disguise?
  • Tsvedos, E.J., Toffenetti, J.L and Wilson, M.L. (2000) Nat. Biotechnol. 18:795-796. Will Publication of Patent Applications Really Affect Biotechnology?

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