Of Counsel
Intellectual Property


Lora Green is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the post-grant review practice.

From 2001 to 2018, Lora was an administrative patent judge at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which included serving as a lead administrative patent judge from 2011 to 2017. While at the USPTO, she managed post-grant review proceedings, such as inter partes and covered business method reviews. She also mentored judges who were new to post grant-review proceedings and reviewed opinions of other authoring judges. In addition, she decided ex parte appeals from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical examining groups. Specifically, she reviewed the appellant's brief, the examiner's answer, the application, the relevant prior art, and any additional evidence to determine the proper disposition of the appeal, and she wrote the opinions as the authoring judge.

As a lead administrative patent judge, she supervised administrative patent judges who decided ex parte appeals and managed post grant-review proceedings and interlocutory calls and oral hearings. Among other duties, she was also responsible for writing and performing employee performance reviews, including 120-day reviews of new judges and mid-year and end-of-year reviews.

Earlier in her career, Lora was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she prosecuted applications in the biotechnology field before the USPTO and international applications submitted under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was a patent examiner at the USPTO. Before entering the legal industry, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, working in a laboratory and using NMR-based methods to determine the three-dimensional structures of mature GAG protein isolated from the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1998
    With Highest Honors; Member, The George Washington Law Review; Order of the Coif; Recipient, Ann Wells Branscomb Award; Recipient, Willard Waddington Gatchall Award; Recipient, Kappa Beta Pi Award; Recipient, John Bell Lerner Award; Recipient, Jennie Hassler Walburn Award
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, 1990
  • B.S., Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1985
    Member, Phi Lambda Epsilon Chemical Honor Society
  • Member, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Panelist, "The Impact of Post-Grant Challenges to the Value of Life Sciences Patents," WSGR event, Four Seasons, East Palo Alto, October 2018
  • Panelist, "PTAB Standard Operating Procedures: Practical Implications and Analysis," PTAB Bar Association Webinar, October 2018
  • Panelist, "Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Trends and Developments," All-Hands Meeting, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, October 2018
  • State Bar of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Contact Information

1700 K Street NW
Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone | 202-791-8012

Email | Lora Greenlgreen@wsgr.com

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