Jana E. Harris, Ph.D.

Jana E. Harris, Ph.D.


Jana Harris is a registered patent attorney and focuses her patent practice on technologies in the life sciences industry. She has experience representing start-ups, universities, and global biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies with technologies relating to immuno-oncology, biologics, cell treatments, animal compositions, proteomics, genetics, food and agriculture science, drug delivery and medical devices.

Jana builds global intellectual property portfolios through strategic procurement, management, and defense to help optimize patent and regulatory exclusivity and lifecycle management for pre-clinical and post-clinical products and technologies. She renders legal opinions and risk-assessment with respect to patentability, validity, and freedom-to-operate to assist in business decisions. She also negotiates, drafts, and performs due diligence relating to licenses, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property related agreements. Her legal practice has further encompassed brand development, trademark prosecution and clearance, enforcement and defense strategy consulting, litigation, and transactions. She has experience representing clients in patent and trademark infringement, ITC, DMCA, UDRP, and opposition/cancellation proceedings.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jana obtained her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Vanderbilt University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology. While at Vanderbilt, she discovered and characterized a novel cytoskeletal rearrangement in C. elegans oocytes in response to hormonal signaling during fertilization. Her research resulted in a first author paper in Developmental Biology and she was awarded the cover photo of the journal.


  • Global intellectual property portfolio procurement and management
  • Technology transactions and licensing
  • Intellectual property enforcement and defense strategic counseling
  • Global brand development
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  • Patent Counsel, Seattle Genetics, Inc., 2017-2018
  • Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Advanced Appellate Advocacy: IP Moot Court, 2015-2016
  • Judicial Extern for Hon. Judge Blanche M. Manning, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2009

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association
    • Member, Mentor Match Subcommittee, 2014-2016
  • The Indianapolis Zoo
    • Member, Elegant Vintages International Wine Auction Steering Committee, 2012-2016
    • Member, The Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council, 2013-2016
      • Member, Zoolala Committee, 2013-2015
    • Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
      • Member, Auction, Resource Development, and Events Committee, 2012-2016
      • Member, Gala Subcommittee, 2012, 2014, and 2015
    • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
      • Member, Guys and Dolls Board, 2014-2016
      • Honoree, Guys and Dolls Auction Gala, 2013
    • Indianapolis Bar Association
      • Member, Women and the Law Division Mentor Team, 2012-2013


  • J.D., Certificate in Advocacy, Annals of Health Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2010 
  • Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University, 2006
  • B.S., Biology, summa cum laude, Grand Canyon University, 2002
Admitida para practicar como abogado en
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
Admitted in Illinois and Indiana and before the USPTO. Not admitted in Massachusetts. Practice limited to federal patent law.