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Nicholas Ballor is a registered patent agent, focusing his practice on patent application preparation and prosecution, and patent procurement and strategy. He represents start-ups, universities, and life sciences companies with various technologies in fields such as biotechnology, oncology, immune-oncology, gene-editing, biomarkers, diagnostics, biologics, genetics, virology, antibody technology, and medical devices. He conducts risk-assessment analyses to support business decisions and assists clients in the development of patent strategies.

Nicholas brings a broad technical background to his practice. Prior to practicing as a patent agent, he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Caltech as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and worked as a postdoctoral scholar on the Microbial and Enzyme Discovery team at the Joint BioEnergy Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his B.S., summa cum laude, in chemical engineering with minors in biochemistry and mathematics from Michigan Tech as a Barry Goldwater Scholar.


  • Patent procurement
  • Patent infringement analysis
  • Freedom-to-operate analysis
  • Patentability analysis
  • Validity analysis
  • Due diligence
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical technology



  • Prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of life sciences, chemical sciences, and mechanical sciences technology areas.
  • Procured U.S. and foreign patent protection for inventions of biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies, as well as small and large research institutions and universities.

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Ballor prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Patent Agent, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Fordham University, 2014-2016
    • Biology Postdoctoral Scholar (Environmental Microbiology), 2014-2016
    • Biology Teaching Associate (Ecology), 2016
  • Postdoctoral Scholar (Applied Environmental Microbiology), Joint BioEnergy Institute, 2011-2012
  • Biotechnology Research Assistant (Microbiology), Michigan Technological University, 2003-2005
  • Bioremediation Research Intern, Center for Biofilm Engineering, 2004
  • Chemical Engineering Research Intern (Hydrogen Storage Materials), University of South Carolina, 2003

Recognition & Leadership

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2005-2010
  • Barry Goldwater Scholar, 2004
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, National Association of Patent Practitioners


  • Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, California Institute of Technology, 2011
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, Michigan Technological University, 2005
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
˘ Not admitted to the practice of law.
  • Spanish, Conversational