Carol Nottenburg, PhD JD is the principal of Cougar Patent Law and a patent lawyer specializing in biotechnology. She migrated to law after a career in science. Her career path began with undergraduate study at at Caltech (B.S. Biology) followed by graduate work in molecular immunology at Stanford University (Ph.D. Genetics, in laboratory of Dr Irving Weissman), a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Harold Varmus, Nobel Laureate (mechanisms of retroviral-mediated leukemias). Ultimately, Carol jointed the faculty of the Clinical Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle, Washington Clinical Division at FHCRC. There, her laboratory studied the causes for poor development of the immune system in patients following bone marrow transplant.
Carol then turned to the pursuit of a career in law, and particularly in patent law. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University Law School), she joined the law firm of Seed and Berry in Seattle, Washington. There she had primary responsibility for a number of small biotech company clients, and her practice focused on integrating patent strategy with business strategy. A move to CAMBIA, a non-profit, private research institute, in Australia allowed Carol to become involved in policy issues surrounding intellectual property. In this regard, she was appointed to the Consultative Group of the Biotechnology Task Force, advising ministerial offices of the Australian Commonwealth Government, and to the United States Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology (ACAB). Besides being responsible for intellectual property matters at CAMBIA, she spearheaded the development of the internet-based Patent Lens. Now in private practice again, Carol aims to assist clients in integrating patent strategy with business purposes and to strengthen the client's capacity to deal with both everyday and more esoteric patent matters.
She now lives in Renton, Washington where her dog and parrots keep her company in the office.
Christine Pratt is our organizer, paralegal, and secretary. Before joining Cougar Patent Law, Chris worked with Carol at CAMBIA assisting her with its extensive intellectual property legal work as well as serving as General Manager. Before venturing into the world of patent law and biotechnology at CAMBIA, she had previous experience as a paralegal and personal assistant and was the office manager of a respected Canberra law firm for many years. Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and is trained as a U.S. patent paralegal.
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