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VaNae Hamilton, Ph.D.

VaNae Hamilton, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist

Foley Hoag LLP

Suffolk County, MA

Patent prosecutor with a passion for orphan diseases and those most affected yet least remembered.





University of Notre Dame

Master of Science, Patent Law

The University of Notre Dame is a magical place. Notre Dame taught me what is possible. Switching careers from bench research to patent prosecution was not easy, but the Master of Science in Patent Law program more than prepared me. The professors were top-notch, the resources were unlimited, but most importantly the connections I made were authentic. Go Irish!


Meharry Medical College

Doctor of Philosophy, Biomedical Sciences: Microbiology and Immunology

There is no challenge like that of coming up with an original idea that challenges the norm. It is that challenge that draws young minds each year to pursue the Ph.D. I, like many others, entered into a doctoral program to investigate microbes and left having investigated myself. The time I spent at Meharry made me. It made me into a sensitive, driven, aware, determined, and resolved individual. I am resolved to changing life as we know it!

Hampton University

Bachelor of Science, Biology

"Oh, Hampton a thought sent from Heaven above..." Hampton University will forever have a special place in my heart. I've never experienced love or life quite like I did at Hampton. From the warm welcome by the Student Leaders (..."you have a friend in me"), to the accessibility of our President, Dr. William R. Harvey, that Hampton love was just different from day one. Hampton taught me that my gifts and talents were never about me, but about how I can use them to help others. I've been searching for ways to "let my life do the singing" ever since. Rock the blue and white!

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Technical Advisor

While working on my Masters at the University of Notre Dame, I had the opportunity to work in the Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions department at NGE. More specifically, I work with the Life Sciences team on the prosecution of both biologic and pharmaceutical patent applications. Beyond the day-to-day responses to Office actions, drafting of applications and client emails, I learned to make every word count.

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Lathrop & Gage LLP

Technical Specialist

Imagine joining a cutting edge research lab for a few weeks. You get to learn the ins and outs of an amazing technology and assess the landscape of said technology. Welcome to patent law at Lathrop! As a first-year technical specialist, my primary focus has been on diligence (freedom-to-operate and patentability assessments)...balanced with some prosecution.