Dr. Rita Wu blends her academic background with twenty years of experience in intellectual property law. With an education that includes a PhD in microbiology and immunology as well as clinical research experience as a post-doctoral fellow studying cancer immunotherapies at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Rita brings a wide range of technical expertise to her patent law practice.

Rita focuses on patent issues and is a trusted advisor to life science, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies nationwide. Her practice encompasses strategic patent preparation, prosecution and related counseling.

Rita works closely with her clients to develop and maintain a sophisticated and global patent portfolio that is commercially relevant and aligned with their business needs. She advises universities and emerging and established life science companies on all aspects of domestic and international patent procurement and enforcement across the biological, biotechnological, agricultural, pharmaceutical and chemical arts. Some of the technologies she works with include mammalian genetics, biological and cell-based therapeutics, small molecules, clinical ...

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  • Representative Transactions
    • Rita has secured a number of patents for leading companies, particularly in the biomedical and biotechnology industries.
    • U.S. Patent No. 9,204,624: Non-human animals with modified immunoglobulin heavy chain sequences
    • U.S. Patent No. 9,113,616: Genetically modified mice having humanized TCR variable genes
    • U.S. Patent No. 9,043,996: Genetically modified major histocompatibility complex animals
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,796,338: Biguanide compositions and methods of treating metabolic disorders
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,871,996: Mice expressing human voltage-gated sodium channels
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,735,148: Preserved compositions of activated NK cells and methods of using the same
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,722,646: High concentration chitosan-nucleic acid polyplex compositions
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,709,417: Combination immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,703,485: Germ cells having inactivated endogenous immunoglobulin genes and transgenic animals derived therefrom
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,637,308: Method for activating natural killer cells by tumor cell preparation in vitro
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,629,108: Rheumatoid arthritis T cell vaccine
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,454,891: Disposable laboratory implement
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,972,848: Isolation and identification of cross-reactive T cells
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,528,240: Methods for producing anti-thymocyte immunoglobulins
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,744,893: T cell receptor CDR3 sequences associated with multiple sclerosis and compositions comprising same
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,671,026: Cytomodulating peptides for treating interstitial cystitis
  • Presentations

    103 at the PTO – Presenter, 14th Annul Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, Westminster, CO, June 2-3, 2016

  • Publications

    Untangling the Nanothreads Between the Enablement and Written Description Requirements

    Gene expression analysis in Interleukin-12-induced suppression of mouse mammary carcinoma

    Transforming growth factor beta inhibits the antigen-presenting functions and antitumor activity of dendritic cell vaccines

    Comparative analysis of IFN-y, B7.1, and antisense TGF-B gene transfer on the tumorigenicity of a poorly immunogenic metastatic mammary carcinoma

    Construction of new amplifier expression vectors for high levels of IL-2 gene expression




Rita Wu, Ph.D.


[email protected]




New York


Fordham School of Law, JD
University of Arizona, BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology

Prior Law Firm Experience

Arnold and Porter, LLP
King and Spalding, LLP
Dorsey and Whitney, LLP

Practice Areas