Dr. Jacobson concentrates her practice in the field of Intellectual Property (IP). In particular, her practice includes patent drafting and procurement, patent portfolio evaluation, strategic IP counseling, patentability, competitive patent landscape, and freedom to operate analyses and opinions, and IP due diligence. She has extensive experience developing and managing patent portfolios that include both U.S. and foreign patent rights, and further has significant experience managing European patent oppositions. She also handles trademark searching and registrations, and drafting and negotiation of agreements related to IP matters.

Prior to her career as an attorney, Dr. Jacobson worked extensively as a scientific researcher in the life sciences field. She earned her doctorate in biochemistry from UCLA, followed by research positions at the National Institutes of Health and in the biotechnology industry. For over a decade, she performed laboratory research in the fields of metabolic pathway regulation, oncogenesis, and biorational herbicide development. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she also completed extensive coursework in chemical engineering and organ...

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  • Publications
    • Jill A. Jacobson, The Child Online Protection Act: Congress’s Latest Attempt to Regulate Speech on the Internet, 40 SANTA CLARA L REV. 221 (1999).
    • Emily A. Evans and Jill A. Jacobson, Double Patenting Recapitulated, 87 JOURNAL OF THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE SOCIETY 625 (2005).
  • Corporate Experience




Palo Alto

Jill A. Jacobson


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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


Santa Clara University School of Law J.D., Cum Laude, 2000
UCLA Ph.D., Biochemistry, 1988
Ohio State University B.S., Biochemistry, 1981

Prior Law Firm Experience

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Practice Areas