Michele N. Washington, Ph.D.

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Michele Washington focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the life sciences. Her experience covers a wide range of technologies, including cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, biological therapies, antibody technology, immunotherapy, agriculture biotechnology, and medical devices. Michele’s specific experience includes prosecuting worldwide patent portfolios; and performing freedom to operate, patentability and invalidity analyses. In addition to patent prosecution, Michele also has experience preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, as well as assisting clients in trademark disputes.

Michele is licensed to practice only in Colorado and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Patent And Copyright Changes In The New NAFTA, Co-Author, Law360 (November 8, 2018)
• ARHI (DIRAS3)-mediated autophagy-associated cell death enhances chemosensitivity to cisplatin in ovarian cancer cell lines and xenografts, Co-Author, 2015 Cell Death and Disease 6, e1836 (2015)
• Decitabine and suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) inhibit growth of ovarian cancer cell lines and xenografts while inducing expression of imprinted tumor suppressor genes, apoptosis, G2/M arrest, and autophagy, Co-Author, 2011 Cancer 117(19):4424-38 (2011)
• 1a,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D 3 Inhibits C4-2 Prostate Cancer Cell Growth via a Retinoblastoma Protein (Rb)-Independent G1 Arrest, Co-Author, 2010 The Prostate 71(1):98-110 (2010)
• 1a,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D 3 Inhibits Growth of VCaP Prostate Cancer Cells Despite Iducing the Growth-Promoting TMPRSS2:ERG Gene Fusion, Co-Author, 2010 Endocrinology 151(4):1409-1417 (2010)
• Xenobiotic Stress Induces Hepatomegaly and Liver Tumors via the Nuclear Receptor Constitutive Androstane Receptor, Co-Author, 2005 Molecular Endocrinology 19(6):1646-1653 (2005)
• Sulindac Sulfide Inhibits Epidermal Growth Factor-inducted Phosphorylation of Extracellular-regulated Kinase 1/2 and Bad in Human Colon Cancer Cells, Co-Author, 2003 Cancer Research 63:616-620 (2003)

Other Professional Experience

•Lathrop Gage LLP, Associate (2014-2018), Summer Associate (2013)
•National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Extern (2013)
•McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Summer Associate (2012)
•University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Post-Doctoral fellow, Department of Experimental Therapeutics (2010-2011)

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Life Sciences and Medical Technology
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Patent Prosecution and Counseling

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Baylor College of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Dissertation: "Targets of Vitamin D Receptor Action in Prostate Cancer Cells", 2010; The Colorado College, B.A., Minor in Spanish, 2003
Law School Attended:
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D., Irving P. Andrews Award for Outstanding Law Graduate, 2014
Year of First Admission:
Supreme Court of Colorado; Arizona; Colorado; United States Patent and Trademark Office; Supreme Court of Arizona

Professional Memberships and Activities

•American Intellectual Property Law Association
•Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
•Sam Cary Bar Association
•Colorado Women's Bar Association


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