Patrice P. Jean is co-chair of Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Life Sciences group. She has over a decade of experience counseling leading and startup companies in all areas of intellectual property law. In particular, she is adept at asserting and defending the patent and trademark rights underlying the core technologies and innovations of leading pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies. She also defends her clients against claims asserted by competitors, sparing them billions of dollars in damages. Additionally, her patent and trademark prosecution practice strengthens her litigation abilities and allows her to advocate for her clients before the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office as well as in court. Jean regularly calls on her technical background in the life sciences to offer her clients an in-depth understanding of the complex science relative to each prosecution and litigation matter that she handles. This vantage point leaves her well-positioned to understand the complex science behind her clients’ innovations as well as the broader market implications. Prior to attending Columbia Law School, Jean earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana.