Carol L. Francis, Ph.D. | Partner

As a founding partner of Bozicevic, Field & Francis LLP, Carol brings a wealth of experience to clients at the cutting edge of life science fields—from antibody therapies and pharmaceutical formulations to prodrugs and personalized medicine.

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Carol provides strategic counseling to build patent assets for clients with diverse needs, including leading companies and research institutions. She also applies her strategic counseling skills to help her clients navigate the competitive patent landscape.

Carol’s practice areas span patent portfolio management, patent procurement, due diligence review, and freedom to operate analyses as well as supporting infringement and validity opinions. Her experience also includes coordination of foreign patent procurement efforts, with direct experience in oral hearings, oppositions and appeals to the Technical Board at the European Patent Office. In addition to coordinating foreign patent strategies for her domestic clients, Carol also coordinates local U.S. patent strategies for foreign clients.

Carol received a J.D. with Distinction from Stanford University, a Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with Honors from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her scientific research and findings while a Ph.D. candidate were published as a cover article in Nature. Carol has also presented her work at various conferences in the U.S. and abroad, including the Gordon Conference on Microbial Toxins and Pathogenesis, and a European Molecular Biology Organization conference in Switzerland.

During the course of her legal training at Stanford Law School, Carol was a co-founder of the Stanford Technology Law Review - Stanford’s first Internet-based law review.

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