Of Counsel
Intellectual Property


Jasemine C. Chambers is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She has expertise in both domestic and international intellectual property systems, laws, and policies, as well as two decades of experience in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) practice and procedures. Jasemine's practice focuses on various aspects of intellectual property and innovation, including strategic counseling, patent prosecution, opinions, and technology licensing for clients in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Jasemine was the deputy administrator in the Office of Policy and External Affairs at the USPTO. In this role, she provided policy advice to the director of the USPTO on matters relating to IP protection and enforcement and IP-related trade issues, including proposed legislation and international activities, and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the 100-member, $35 million-budget organization that comprised the Policy Division, the Office of Governmental Affairs, the Global IP Academy, the IP Attaché Program, and the Office of the Chief Economist. She also served as a standing member of the USPTO's Policy Council and Management Council.

Jasemine began her career at the USPTO in 1988 as a patent examiner in biotechnology and was promoted to a supervisory patent examiner position in 1996. In 2000, she was appointed to the USPTO's Senior Executive Corps to serve as director of Technology Center 1600 (until 2006), where she oversaw the examination of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and organic chemistry patent applications. Jasemine was instrumental in developing policy and practice related to the examination of stem cells, transgenic animals, and gene therapies, as well as in developing examination guidelines and examiner training materials on the utility, written description, and enablement requirements for biotechnological inventions. From 2008 to 2010, Jasemine was director of Technology Center 2900, where she oversaw the examination of design patent applications.

A former law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Jasemine has served on detail assignments at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of State's Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement, and the USPTO's Office of Intellectual Property Policy and Enforcement. Prior to joining the USPTO, Jasemine conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Duke University Medical Center, and was a senior staff fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health.

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2001
    With Honors; Member, George Washington International Law Review; Member, Moot Court Board
  • Ph.D., Molecular Biophysics, Florida State University, 1982
    Graduate Research Fellowship, Institute of Molecular Biophysics
  • B.A., Biology, Agnes Scott College, 1977
    With High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Full Scholarship
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court for Intellectual Property
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award, 2009
  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award, 2004
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, 1996 and 2002
  • Exceptional Career Award, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2000
  • Outstanding Performance Awards (Supervisory Patent Examiner), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1997-1999
  • EEO Director's Award, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1996
  • Outstanding Service Award, Patent and Trademark Office Society, 1995
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 1993
  • Outstanding Performance Awards (Patent Examiner), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1989-1996
  • Co-author with C. Andres, E. Kepplinger, and V. Norviel, "Best Practices Under the America Invents Act," WSGR Life Sciences Report, Spring 2013
  • Co-author with C. Andres, V. Norviel, E. Kepplinger, L. Lieto, and C. McAndrew, "Strategies for Maximizing Patent Claim Scope and Patent Protection for Diagnostic Method Claims in the Wake of Mayo v. Prometheus," WSGR Life Sciences Report, Spring 2013
  • Co-author with A. Tramposch, E. Wu, N. Kremers, and C. Wong, "China's Special IPR Campaign: Really Special or Really Not?" 3(6) Landslide 34, 2011
  • "Patent Eligibility of Biotechnological Inventions in the United States, Europe, and Japan: How Much Patent Policy is Public Policy?" 34 The George Washington International Law Review 223, 2002
  • Co-author with R.M. Zinkernagel, S. Cooper, R.A. Lazzarini, H. Hengartner, and H. Arnheiter, "Virus-induced autoantibody response to a transgenic viral antigen," 345 Nature 68-71, 1990
  • Co-author with D. Kenan, B.J. Martin, and J.D. Keene, "Genomic structure and amino acid domains of the human La autoantigen," 263 Journal of Biological Chemistry 18043-51, 1988
  • Co-author with E.W. St. Clair, D.S. Pisetsky, C.F. Reich, and J.D. Keene, "Quantitative immunoassay of anti-La antibodies using purified recombinant La antigen," 31 Arthritis and Rheumatism 506-14, 1988
  • Co-author with E.W. St. Clair, D.S. Pisetsky, C.F. Reich, and J.D. Keene, "Human autoantibodies recognize multiple epitopes on recombinant La fusion proteins," 36 Clinical Research 537A, 1988
  • Co-author with J.D. Keene, "Association between autoimmune epitopes and RNA binding domains of the human lupus La protein," 12 Molecular Biology Reports 241, 1987
  • Co-author with E.W. St. Clair, D.S. Pisetsky, and C.F. Reich, "Antibodies against recombinantly derived La fusion protein measured by ELISA, 30 (4. Supp.) Arthritis and Rheumatism S46, 1987
  • Co-author with J.D. Keene and B. Martin, "Interactions between the mammalian cell La protein and small ribonucleic acids," in DNA-Protein Interactions and Gene Regulation, edited by E.B. Thompson and J. Papaconstaninou, 107-16, 1987
  • Co-author with J.D. Keene, "Isolation of cDNA clones expressing human lupus La antigen," 82 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2115-19, 1985
  • Co-author with M.G. Kurilla and J.D. Keene, "Identification and complementary DNA cloning of proteins involved in small nuclear RNA processing," 0(9 Part A) Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 18, 1985
  • Co-author with D.S. Pisetsky and D.M. Salistad, "Characterization and idiotypic analysis of an anti-RNP monoclonal antibody," 56 Clinical & Experimental Immunology 593-600, 1984
  • Co-author with J.D. Keene, M.G. Kurilla, and J. Wilusz, "Interactions between the cellular La protein and leader RNAs," in Nonsegmented Negative Strand Viruses, edited by D.H.L. Bishop and R.W. Compans, 103-08, 1984
  • Co-author with M.G. Kurilla and J.D. Keene, "Association between the 7S RNA and the lupus La protein varies among cell types," 258 Journal of Biological Chemistry 11438-41, 1983
  • Co-author with S. Watanabe and J.H. Taylor, "Dissection of a replication origin of Xenopus DNA," 79 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 5572-76, 1982
  • Co-author with J.H. Taylor, "Induction of sister chromatid exchanges by 5- fluorodeoxycytidine: Correlation with DNA methylation," 85 Chromosoma 603-09, 1982
  • Panelist, "IP Strategy: Getting Ready for Funding Pitch and Beyond ," Entrepreneur Boot Camp, China Healthcare Investment Conference, Shanghai, China, 2013
  • Speaker, "U.S. Patent Reform," IP Lecture Series, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2013
  • Panelist, "Role of IP in Innovation," SIPO Training Series, China IP Training Center, Beijing, China, 2013
  • Panelist, "Investment in BioPharma and Legal Considerations," Chinese-American BioMedical Association Life Science Forum, Boston, Massachusetts, 2013
  • Panelist, "China's Patent Regime and Its Quest to Become an Innovation Economy," Second Annual Joint George Washington and Fordham Law Schools China Program, Washington, D.C., 2013
  • Panelist, "Understanding the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office," 24th Annual National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, Washington, D.C., 2012
  • Panelist, "Comparative Legal Systems - U.S., China and Beyond," Biotechnology Industry Organization Convention in China, Shanghai, China, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, SIPO-USPTO Biotechnology Patenting Workshop: Current Issues in Biotechnology Patenting in China, the U.S. and Japan, China IP Training Center, Beijing, China, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, Sixth International Conference on Intellectual Property Protection of High Technology: Industrial Design Protection of Graphical User Interface of Electronic Products, Tsinghua University Law School, Beijing, China, April 2012
  • Speaker, "Offices Working Together and with Users for a Better IP World," FICPI World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, April 2012
  • Panelist, "How China is Managing Creativity and Innovation and How U.S. Companies Can Engage," Conference on IP and Innovation in the Information Economy, Fordham University Law School, New York , New York, April 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, "America Invents Act and Implications on Patent Law Harmonization," Conference on U.S. Patent Reform for Life Sciences Companies, Munich, Germany, 2012
  • Lecturer, Biotechnology Industry Study Seminar, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, D.C., 2012
  • Panelist, "U.S. Patent Reform," J. Reuben Clark Law Society Annual Conference, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, California, 2012
  • Lecturer, "America Invents Act," "Patent Law Harmonization," and "Biotechnology Patent Law Updates," Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, Taipei, Taiwan, 2012
  • Panelist, Asian Pacific American Network Career Panel, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, Virginia, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, "Value and Importance of Intellectual Property to Successful Technology Transfer Collaborations and Partnerships," Annual NASA Goddard New Technology Reporting Event, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, 2011
  • Speaker, "America Invents Act," East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China, 2011
  • Panelist, "Protection of Biotechnology Inventions in China, U.S., and Europe: A Comparative Perspective," Biotechnology Industry Organization International Conference, Shanghai, China, 2011
  • Speaker, "Technology Transfer: United States Laws and Policy," USPTO-SIPO Seminar on IP Management and Commercialization, Beijing, China, 2011
  • Speaker, ASEAN-USPTO Workshop on Industrial Designs, Bangkok, Thailand, 2011
  • Special Guest Judge, Collegiate Inventors Competition, National Inventor Hall of Fame, New York, New York; Akron, Ohio; Alexandria, Virginia; Pasadena, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Washington, D.C.; 2004-2011
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Contact Information

1700 K Street, NW
Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone | 202-973-8839

Email | Jasemine Chambersjchambers@wsgr.com

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