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Dr. Tamera (Tammy) Weisser's practice includes domestic and foreign patent portfolio development, management, and enforcement in biotechnology, including immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, genetics, cell biology, stem cell therapy, gene therapy, and medical devices. Tammy has extensive experience in the field of antibody technology and has represented clients such as Kyowa Hakko Kirin, MacroGenics, and MedImmune in developing their antibody portfolios. Other representative clients include Ambit Biosciences, BioMarin, BioSphere Medical (Merit Medical), Celgene, and Isis Pharmaceuticals. Tammy also performs patent validity, noninfringement, and freedom-to-operate analyses and conducts due diligence of patent portfolios for potential investors, acquirers, and licensees, such as venture capital firms or pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Apposite Capital, Celgene, GeoSynFuels, MedImmune, and Mitsui Ventures.


Prior to joining Jones Day in 2004, Tammy spent five years as a patent agent at an international law firm. In addition, she was formerly a research scientist studying DNA-based vaccine technology at Agracetus, Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin and the Emory University Vaccine Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia.


In addition to her intellectual property practice, Tammy is part of the San Diego Office's recruiting committee and has been actively involved in organizing the summer associate program. She also mentors and supervises a number of junior associates. Tammy is an active member of a number of local professional organizations, including the Association for Women in Science (board of directors, Strategy Sessions Committee), Lawyers Club (co-chair, Balance Committee), Athena (Pinnacle Awards Nominations Committee), the San Diego County Bar Association, and the San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association.


Practice areas


  1. Life Sciences: 25%
    17 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    17 years
  3. Patent Application: 25%
    17 years
  4. Patent Infringement: 25%
    17 years

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Athena Pinnacle Award (Individual in Service)Athena San Diego2012
"Top Attorney," IP Transactional; semi-finalistSan Diego Daily Transcript2012
40 Under 40San Diego Metropolitan Magazine2012
AWIS Outstanding Volunteer of the Year AwardAssociation for Women in Science (AWIS) - San Diego Chapter2011
Named one of the top "Young Attorneys" in San Diego County.San Diego Daily Transcript2010
Named one of the top "Young Attorneys" in San Diego County.San Diego Daily Transcript2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJones Day2004 - Present
Patent AgentHale & Dorr1999 - 2004
Graduate Student / Research AssociateUMass Medical School1995 - 1997
Research AssociateAgracetus, Inc.1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Athena San DiegoMember; 2012 Pinnacle Awad Recipient2010 - Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of San DiegoMember2009 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
San Diego Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2005 - Present
Association for Women in ScienceMember; Board of Directors2005 - Present
Lawyers Club of San DiegoBoard of Directors; Co-chair, Balance Committee2004 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Vaccine. 19(13-14): 1764-1771Th1 genetic adjuvants modulate immune responses in neonates2001
Advances in Virus Research, K. Maramorosch, F. Murphy, and A. Shatkin eds., Academic Press, New York, NY. 1-74DNA vaccines: Basic studies and applications2000
J. Virol., 74(17)7787-7793DNA vaccines for influenza virus: Differential effects of maternal antibody on immune responses to hemagglutinin and nucleoprotein2000
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Doctoral ThesisCharacterization of immune responses following neonatal DNA immunization2000
Virology, 257(2):406-414Studies on antibody responses following neonatal immunization with influenza hemagglutinin DNA or protein1999
Current Protocols in Immunology, R. Coico ed., John Wiley and Sons, New York, NY. 2.14.1-2.14.19Nucleic acid immunizations1998
J. Virol, 70(9):6119-6125Influenza nucleoprotein-specific immunoglobulin G subclass and cytokine responses elicited by DNA vaccination are dependent on the route of vector DNA delivery1996
Vaccine, 13(15):1427-1430Gene gun-based nucleic acid immunization: Elicitation of humoral and cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses following epidermal delivery of nanogram quantities of DNA1995
AIDS Res. Hum. Retroviruses, 10 Suppl. 2:S43-S45Accell® particle-mediated DNA immunization elicits humoral, cytotoxic, and protective immune responses1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of Wisconsin, MadisonMolecular BiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of San Diego School of Law 5th Annual Intellectual Property Law Careers EventIP Law Career Panel Discussion2012
University of California San Diego 4th Annual Ph.D. Career Conference Panel DiscussionPatent Law2012
Strategy SessionProfessional Development Seminar2012
Women in Science and Technology (WIST) ConferencePatent Law2011
CLE presentation for in-house counselIntellectual Property and Next Generation Sequencing2011
California Polytechnic State UniversityIntroduction to Patent Law: Stem Cell Patents2011
San Diego State UnitversityIntroduction to Patent Law2010
California Polytechnic State UniversityIntroduction to Patent Law: Patenting Stem Cells2010
Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Alternative Careers Panel DiscussionPatent Law2010
CLE presentation for in-house counselPatents 101, Licensing and Exhaustion2009