Jennifer Fox

“Effective client representation starts with understanding a client’s business. My in-house counsel and scientific experience allows me to do just that.”

With over two decades of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Jennifer has built a solid reputation as a trusted advisor to biotechnology and pharmaceutical corporations locally, nationally, and worldwide. She has the ability to forge strong relationships with her clients and strategically counsel them on key intellectual property issues.

Jennifer is a co-chair the firm’s biopharma practice group.  Her practice includes patent portfolio procurement and management, licensing and other agreements, IP due diligence and transactional support, and post-grant proceedings. Prior to joining Brinks, Gilson and Lione, Jennifer was the head of the Life Sciences and Biotechnology practice group at Coats + Bennett, PLLC, a boutique intellectual property firm just outside of Research Triangle Park, NC. Earlier in her career, she worked in-house as an attorney for Novozymes North America, Inc., a world leader in industrial biotechnology, and as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent attorney for GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. (GSK) where she was responsible for managing Hatch-Waxman litigation, IP due diligence and transactions, patent procurement and portfolio management.  Jennifer’s credentials go beyond her legal expertise. 

In addition to her J.D., she holds a Master of Science in molecular biology and biochemistry, and worked as a research scientist at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and at GlaxoWellcome (now GSK). She has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Biochemistry, and Molecular Endocrinology. 

Jennifer is well respected by her clients and colleagues for taking a multi-faceted approach to solving IP issues. Her ability to look at complex legal issues from numerous angles and deliver strategic solutions is how Jennifer helps her clients move forward.

  • J.D., cum laude
    North Carolina Central University School of Law, 2005
  • M.S., Molecular Biology, cum laude
    The University of Toledo
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Biopharma
Experience | Legal Experience

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Research Triangle Park, NC
Shareholder, October 2016-Present
Counsel, October 2011-2015

Coats + Bennett, PLLC, Cary, NC
Attorney, July 2010-September 2011 

Novozymes North America, Inc., Franklinton, NC
Attorney, April 2008-July 2010

GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC
Pharmaceutical/Chemical Patent Attorney/Agent, January 2004-March 2008
BioPharma Patent Agent GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., January 2002-January 2004

Experience | Non-Legal Activities

GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., RTP, NC
Business Analyst/Information Scientist, 2002-2003
Research Scientist, 1997-2002

National Institute of Health/NIEHS, RTP, NC
Biologist, 1996-1997

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Graduate/Undergraduate Research, 1993-1996

Experience | Civic Activities
Former Member of the Board of Directors: Scale Biofuel, ApS Aalborg, Denmark
NC LEAP – volunteer attorney for low wealth entrepreneurs 
Forward Thinking
  • "The Next Phase - How USPTO and PTAB are Identifying Patent Eligible Subject Matter," Bio IP & Diagnostics Symposium, September 18, 2015
  • "Recent Patent Litigation & Disputes," IP & Diagnostics Symposium, Alexadria, VA, September 26, 2014
  • "Prometheus and Myriad: Questions of Natural Law and 101 Patentability and Their Implications for Life Sciences Innovation and the Future of Personalized Medicine," ACI's Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Patent Life Cycles and Portfolio Strategies in New York, NY, February 26, 2014
  • “Regulatory & Reimbursement panel,” Moderator, Biotechnology Industry Organization IP & Diagnostics Symposium, Alexandria, VA, July 22, 2013
  • "Anticipating Paragraph iv Challenges after the Patent Cliff," American Conference Institute's 6th Annual Paragraph IV Disputes Conference, San Francisco, CA, December 2012
  • "Evaluating the Commercial Viability and Opportunity in Biosimilars," American Conference Institute's 3th Annual Biosimilars Conference, New York, NY, May 2012
  • "Anticipating and Reassessing Paragraph iv Challenges in the era of the Patent Cliff," American Conference Institute's 6th Annual Paragraph IV Disputes Conference, New York, NY, April 2012
  • "Patent Issues Unique to the Manufacturing of Biosimilars," Biosimilar Drug Development World Conference, London, March 2, 2012
  • Instructor for PCT Administration CLE for paralegals, Spring, 2011
  • "Elucidating Mechanisms of Action of Orphan Nuclear Receptors using Open-ended Differential Gene Expression Platforms," NIEHS Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group, September, 2000
  • "A Novel Class of PPARγ Ligand that Inhibits Adipocyte Differentiation," 81st Annual Endocrine Society Meeting, San Diego, Calif., June 1999
Press Releases & Events
February 07, 2018

CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione is presenting a webinar “2018 IP Developments” to address recent developments in intellectual property law and a look at what might be ahead for companies engaged in research, development, and marketing their innovations on February 7, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. CST...

February 07, 2018

On February 7 at 12:00pm CT, Join Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys as they discuss the issues...

November 14-16

On November 15, Jennifer Fox will be lead a discussion with Ed Miseta, Chief Editor & ...

September 19, 2016

On September 19, Bernie Brown will participate on a panel and Jennifer Fox will serve as a ...

January 19, 2016

DURHAM, N.C.—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law ...

January 11, 2016

CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, has elected eight attorneys ...

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014
  • NC Lawyers Weekly Emerging Legal Leaders, 2010
  • Council for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Women in Bio
  • Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association