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Dr. Canady has been practicing in the intellectual property field since the mid-1990's.  Her practice emphasizes biotechnology patent preparation and prosecution.  She also counsels clients and prepares opinions relating to patentability, patent validity, infringement, freedom to operate, and other aspects of portfolio assessment.  Some examples of her work include developing and prosecuting a portfolio of lentiviral gene delivery patents and applications that was sold by her client for $12 million, and evaluating a portfolio of antisense molecules to help a client close a deal involving a $45 million dollar upfront licensing fee and the potential for over $230 million in milestone payments.

While a law student, she worked part-time in the technology transfer office at the University of Washington, then gained experience in patent prosecution and litigation support at a Seattle intellectual property firm. Dr. Canady spent her first year after law school as a trainee with a European patent firm in Munich. After spending the next two and a half years with a mid-size intellectual property firm, she went on to found the biotechnology practice group at a small Los Angeles boutique firm, and in 2006, merged her practice with Origin Law to form canady + lortz LLP. 

This broad-ranging intellectual property experience, coupled with her background in neurobiological research, provides a solid foundation for representing and advising clients in the pursuit and evaluation of patent rights, both domestically and abroad. Her experience in intellectual property law includes patent and trademark prosecution, client counseling and litigation support. She has been a frequent speaker at professional programs, particularly on the topics of drafting patent validity and infringement opinions and biotechnology patent prosecution. Her prosecution practice has emphasized biotechnology, including diagnostic and therapeutic products and methods relating to recombinant DNA technology, vaccines, antibodies, stem cells, genomics and gene therapy; as well as microfluidics and Raman spectroscopy.


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 100%
    20 years

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3701 Wilshire Blvd Ste 508
Los Angeles, CA, 90010


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Project AwardAmerican Intellectual Property Law Association2013
Winner, Carkeek PrizeUniversity of Washington School of Law1995
Winner, George Hutchinson Writing CompetitionFederal Circuit Bar Association1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partnercanady + lortz LLP2006 - Present
PartnerGates & Cooper LLP1998 - 2006
AssociateMerchant & Gould An Intellectual Property Law Firm1996 - 1998
TraineeVossius & Partner1995 - 1996
Law ClerkSeed & Berry1994 - 1994
Marketing InternUniversity of Washington Office of Technology Transfer1993 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Biotechnology CommitteeChair2009 - 2011
State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law SectionExecutive Committee2009 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Women in IP Law CommitteeChair2003 - 2005
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Women in IP Law CommitteeVice-Chair2001 - 2003
Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law AssociationBoard of Directors2001 - 2003
Center for Advanced Research on Intellectual PropertyAdvisory Committee1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lentiviral Vector Patent Portfolio DevelopmentSale of portfolio for $12 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
New Matter (State Bar of California IP Section)Myriad Questions Remain For Patenting DNA and Other Biological Molecules2013
New Matter (State Bar of California IP Section)Myriad after Mayo: Examining the Tea Leaves for Clues about DNA Patents2012
Advanced Protocols for Animal TransgenesisPatent and Licensing Issues in Transgenic Technology2011
Nature BiotechnologyThe Importance of Getting Inventorship Right2006
Practising Law InstituteEvolving Issues in the Written Description Requirement2005
Practising Law InstituteBiotech Patent Prosecution After Festo2002
Washington Law ReviewThe Wright Enabling Disclosure for Biotechnology Patents1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of WashingtonBehavioral NeurosciencePhD - Doctorate1991
Pacific UniversityPsychology (Biology minor)BS - Bachelor of Science1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Intellectual Property Law Association Biotechnology CommitteeRapid Response & Biotech Public Education2012
High Technology Protection SummitPractice Tips For Ensuring Proper Ownership of Inventions2011
CASRIP Summer InstituteCurrent Issues in Biotech Patent Prosecution2008
American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual MeetingOvercoming Utility Rejections2004
AIPLA Advanced Patent Practice SeminarAmerican Inventors Protection Act of 1999 - What Do You Need to Do Now?2000