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Todd S. Hofmeister, Ph.D.

Sub-Group Leader, Life Sciences


Todd is known for his extensive experience handling patent prosecution matters relating to the life sciences and biotechnology industries. He is particularly focused on securing high-quality patent protection and is valued for his clear communication and cost-effective counsel regarding innovation and business direction.

Having earned a doctorate in molecular biology at Princeton University, Todd has an in-depth understanding of patent prosecution and preparation in many technology areas, including pharmaceuticals, biologics, and molecular and medical diagnostics. Other areas include:

  • Bio-therapeutic compositions and methods of use (cancer, Alzheimer's, cardiovascular diseases etc.)
  • Molecular and medical diagnostics and surgical devices/instruments
  • Food and dairy manufacture and composition
  • Treatment and prevention of fouling in industrial water systems, including microbiological contamination and growth, mineral scale, and generation of biofilms
  • Manufacture and use of new thermoplastic polycarbonate resins
  • Measurement of metabolic rates of cellular populations in industrial processes
  • Membrane separation techniques and methods for monitoring and controlling biofouling in membrane systems
  • Exopolymeric substances and their impact on membrane separation systems
  • Methods of recovering hydrocarbons and use of polymer-containing fracturing fluids

After receiving his Ph.D. in 2000, Todd worked for several years as a patent scientist and as a registered U.S. Patent Agent. His graduate studies were supported in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a genetics training grant from the National Institutes of Health.


Frequent speaker on patent issues

Todd’s recent speaking engagements include:

  • "The Art of Identifying Inventors under U.S. Law," Patent Webinar Series, 2013
  • "Investing in Patents: Protecting Your Technologies in China and the U.S.," Symposium on the Translation of Medical and Biotechnologies from Academia to the Market, Shanghai, China, 2012

Honors & Recognitions

  • "Rising Stars," Illinois Super Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Patent Law, 2019-2020, Biotechnology and Life Sciences, 2023

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Fellow, National Institutes of Health – Genetics Training Grant


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