The legal staff at Clark+Elbing consists of a nucleus of attorneys with advanced scientific degrees supported by a team of patent agents and technology specialists, each of whom holds a PhD in a scientific discipline.
We have unparalleled expertise in the biological and biochemical sciences, with professionals holding doctorates in such fields as chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and pharmacology.
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JD, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
PhD Chemistry, University of Chicago
BS Chemistry with General Honors, University of Chicago
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Admitted to the bar in Massachusetts
Helen Baca joined Clark+Elbing in 2009. Her work involves patent prosecution and opinion work, including assisting in the preparation of patentability, non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions. She works with clients to protect innovations related to medical devices; drug delivery; small molecule therapeutics; polymer chemistry; drug screening and discovery; and medical diagnostics.
Helen's doctoral research focused on developing droplet-based microfluidic devices. This research was interdisciplinary, combining the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. She has co-authored publications in several journals, including Angewandte Chemie, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Langmuir, and Analytical Chemistry.