Dr. Elena Rodriguez is an associate whose field is molecular and cell biology and who concentrates her work on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution for clients in the life sciences industries. As a cancer biologist, Dr. Rodriguez has extensive training in cancer cell biology and the use of mouse models for the study of breast and lung cancer. She specializes in patent portfolio strategy and management for life sciences and biotechnology companies, as well as IP due diligence, freedom to operate, and patentability analyses to guide technology development and investment.

Her areas of technical expertise include: molecular cell biology and biochemistry, including molecular cloning, mammalian cell culture, use of retroviruses, preparation of primary cell cultures, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, quantitative PCR, and protein purification.

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Dr. Rodriguez has experience managing patent portfolios for both startup and large biotechnology companies in the fields of oncology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. She also has experience performing diligence analysis.

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Prior to joining Goodwin, Dr. Rodriguez was a patent agent at a leading firm specializing in intellectual property law, where she drafted and prosecuted patent applications and conducted freedom-to-operate, noninfringement, and invalidity analyses.

Dr. Rodriguez was also an Associate Research Specialist and Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, in the laboratory of Michael Bishop, where she investigated the role of stem cell differentiation factors in breast and lung cancer and mammary gland development.

She also worked as an instructor for Molecular Biology and Physiology at UC Berkeley and as a Physiology and Cancer Biology instructor at the University of San Francisco.






J.D., 2021
Berkeley Law School
Ph.D., Molecular and Cell Biology, 2006
University of California, Berkeley
B.S., Microbiology and Cell Science, 1999
University of Florida
(highest honors)



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
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