Patent Agent
Intellectual Property


Dr. Naira Simmons is a patent agent in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the patents and innovations practice working on matters in the biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceuticals, and life science industries. She applies her background to the prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications, as well as due diligence, freedom to operate, portfolio development strategy, and IP counseling.

Naira's doctoral research at Weill Cornell focused on the functional characterization of mouse embryonic stem cells and transgenic mouse models. In addition, she worked with the Committee on Science Technology and Law (CSTL) at the National Academy of Sciences as part of her Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship.

Prior to joining the firm, Naira co-founded Rare Genomics Institute (RGI), a non-profit organization that helps patients with orphan diseases gain access to an academic network that applies cutting-edge technologies, such as next-generation sequencing technologies, to orphan disease diagnosis and treatment. RGI also helps families initiate and fund personalized research projects through a crowdfunding platform.

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2017
    Concentration in Intellectual Property
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology (BCMB) Allied Program, Cornell University
    Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Fall 2011; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellow, 2005-2010
  • B.A., Biology, Hunter College
    With Honors, Minor in Chemistry
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Not yet admitted to practice in any jurisdiction

Contact Information

139 Townsend Street
Suite 150
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone | 415/947-2076

Email | Naira

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