Overview

Tasha Francis, Ph.D. is an associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, she focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent litigation. Her clients range from solo inventors and emerging companies in the biotechnology and biopharma industries to established international pharmaceutical companies. She has extensive experience in the areas of small molecule and biologic pharmaceuticals (including antibody technologies), drug formulation and drug delivery technologies, diagnostics, protein biochemistry, and chemicals. Tasha has represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving medical devices, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals in district court, the ITC and in post-grant proceedings. Tasha also works with a variety of pro bono clients on issues related to patent applications, contract disputes, death penalty appeals and amicus briefing.

Tasha is passionate about the advancement of women in STEM and law. She has been at the forefront of developing programming with the Girl Scouts where local troops learn about inventorship, entrepreneurship and the basic tenets of intellectual property law, specifically copyrights, trademarks and patents. She also co-chairs the Intellectual Property Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

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Publications

In addition to her work on behalf of her clients, Dr. Francis writes and presents extensively on topics related to the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act and life science post-grant proceedings.

Representative publications include:

  • "Biosimilar Litigation Review: Ongoing BPCIA District Court Cases to Watch," Biosimilar Development, January 14, 2020
  • "Websites Can Be Liable When Users Post Infringing Marks," Intellectual Property Magazine, May 2018
  • "Litigation-Related Issues Under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act. In: Gutka, H., Yang, H., Kakar, S. (eds) Biosimilars,” AAPS Advances in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Series, vol. 34. Springer, Cham, 2018
  • "Biosimilars 2017 Year in Review," Bloomberg Law, February 6, 2018
  • "BPCIA at Fed. Circ.: Awaiting Guidance on Patent Dance," Law360, October 12, 2017
  • "Justices Struggle with BPCIA Enigma," Law360, April 28, 2017
  • "Recent Developments in Biopharma PTAB Practice," NYIPLA, February/March 2017
  • "Kyle Bass Wins at the PTAB," IP Litigator, Vol. 23, #1, January/February 2017
  • "A Dive into BPCIA Confidential Info Disclosure Requirements," Law360, March 15, 2017
  • "Biosimilars: Looking Back and Looking Ahead," Bloomberg Law: Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report, January 18, 2017
  • "You Can't Patent Dance Your Way Out of Biosimilar Notice," Law360, July 8, 2016
  • "Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Derail Biologics?" Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor, December 4, 2015
  • "Choose Your Court," Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review, July 23, 2015
  • "The Confusing and Often Contradictory World of Pleading Defenses and Counterclaims in Patent Cases," IPO Daily News, June 25, 2015
  • “Continued Employment as Sufficient Consideration for Pre-Invention Assignment Agreements,” State Bar of Michigan IPLA Proceedings, 25, 1-5, 2014
  • “Target Identification and Validation of a Novel Family of Anti-Inflammatory 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones,” Dissertations Abstracts International, 2010
  • “Synthesis of Iso-Epoxy-Amphidinolide N and Des-Epoxy-Carbenolide I structures,” Initial Forays. Org. & Biomol. Chem., 11, 2119, 2006
  • “Identification of cytotoxic, T-cell selective 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones,” Bio. Org. Med. Chem. Lett., 16, 2432, 2006
  • “Radiative Exciplexes of 1,2,4,5-Tetracyanobenzene with Sterically Hindered Alkylbenzenes.” J. Phys. Chem. A., 107, 8319-8326, 2003
  • “A Spectroscopic and Computational Study of the Singlet and Triplet Excited States of Synthetic Functionalized Chlorins,” Chemical Physics, 294, 285-303, 2003
  • “The Solution Dynamics of Photoinduced Geminate Radical Ion Pairs: Free Ion Formation,” Chemical Physics Letters, 362, 63-71, 2002

Recognition

Recognized as a "Rising Star" in the United States by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, 2018–2019

Recognized as a "North Star Lawyer" by the Minnesota State Bar Association, 2019

Selected as a "Trailblazer" by WIPR Influential Women in Intellectual Property, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

Federal Bar Association

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013, Minnesota
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Courts

  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2013
    Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review
  • University of MichiganPh.D., Chemical Biology2010
  • The Scripps Research InstituteM.S., Organic Chemistry
  • Dartmouth CollegeB.A., Chemistry & Mathematics2002