Kristin Beale

Kristin M. Beale, PhD

Kristin M. Beale, PhD
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Kristin Beale is an associate in Goodwin’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice. Kristin focuses her practice on patent matters, with a concentration in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She has represented clients in Hatch-Waxman litigation, patent litigation, and licensing disputes.

Kristin is a contributor to Goodwin’s Big Molecule Watch, which provides updates and analyses on regulatory issues, litigation, legislation, and other news in the ever-developing world of biosimilars.


Kristin has litigated and counseled clients on patent matters across a variety of technologies, including gene-editing, DNA sequencing, medical devices, cannabinoid production, transgenic plants, and drug development.

She also has an active pro bono practice representing clients seeking asylum, including her work with KIND. She is currently a member of Goodwin’s Women’s Initiative.

Professional Experience

Prior to practicing law Kristin was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital where her projects focused on the design of malaria vaccines. Kristin obtained her PhD in molecular and cellular biology from Brown University, where her projects focused on the molecular mechanisms of membrane fusion and pollen genetics. She was a founding member of the Brown University Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and a Senior Scholar in Brown’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity.




Boston College


Brown University


University of Maine Farmington



  • Massachusetts


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Recognition & Awards

Prior to law school, Kristin was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and received Brown University’s Exemplary Thesis Award. She also received the H.F. Linsken’s Young Scientist Award from the International Congress on Sexual Plant Reproduction.


  • Co-Author, “Design and Assessment of TRAP-CSP Fusion Antigens as Effective Malaria Vaccines,” PLOS One, 2019
  • Co-Author, “Speed Dating, Rejection, and Finding the Perfect Mate: Advice from Arabidopsis thaliana,” Current Opin. Plant Biol., 2013
  • Co-Author, “Gamete Fusion is Required to Block Multiple Pollen Tubes from Entering an Arabidopsis Ovule,” Current Biology, 2012
  • Author, “Maximizing Reproductive Success: How Flowers Do It,” Huffington Post, 2012
  • Co-Author, “Anti-lipopolysaccharide Factors in the American Lobster Homarus americanus: Molecular Characterization and Transcriptional Response to Vibrio fluvialis Challenge,” Comp. Biochem Physiol., 2008