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Abigail Cotton focuses her practice in intellectual property. Ms. Cotton has more than 10 years of experience working in the patent field, and most recently worked for Canon USA. In her most recent position, she was responsible for all aspects of U.S. patent prosecution, including preparing patent applications for filing, responding to office actions and conducting examiner interviews. She also has experience assisting in Patent Trial and Appeal Board interference proceedings.

Ms. Cotton also was a biochemistry and organic chemistry patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where her examination areas included pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and therapeutic methods.

Ms. Cotton has experience in the following technology areas: cameras, optics, ink-jet printers, laser printers, software for print control and image display, ink and toner technologies, OLEDs and light emitting compounds, ophthalmic diagnostic devices, x-ray devices; chemistry and biochemistry; and semiconductor manufacturing.

Prior to entering law school, Ms. Cotton received her M.S. in chemistry with a biophysical chemistry emphasis from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A. in chemistry from Claremont McKenna College.

Ms. Cotton was a graduate student researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and a summer undergraduate research fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • CALI Excellence Award (top student): Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law II, Remedies, Legislation, Interviewing and Counseling, and Copyright Law
    • CALI Excellence Award (top student): Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law II, Remedies, Legislation, Interviewing and Counseling, and Copyright Law
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Publications

  • Solution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Structure of a Protein Disulfide Oxidoreductase from Methanococcus Jannaschii. Protein Science (2001), 10: 384-396*
  • Multiple Geminate Ligand Recombinations in Human Hemoglobin. Biophysical Journal (2000), 78: 3227-3239
  • Organo-cyanoborane Complexes of Pentaaminecobalt (III). Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic and Metal-organic Chemistry (2000), 30 (10): 1917-1927