June Cohan

United States Patent and Trademark Office | Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration

June E. Cohan is a Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her duties at the USPTO include developing policy positions for examination issues, drafting and implementing rules, acting as a reexamination legal advisor for inter partes and ex parte reexamination proceedings, and providing examiner guidance and training. She specializes in patent subject matter eligibility and Section 112 issues, and recently was a lead developer of Life Sciences eligibility examples (May 2016), workshop training for examiners on functional claim language (summer 2016), and Business Methods eligibility examples (December 2016). Prior to joining the USPTO in 2013, Ms. Cohan practiced patent law in the Washington, D.C. area for 16 years. Her practice included litigation of patent infringement and Section 337 actions in the federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission, as well as patent prosecution, opinions, and client counseling in the biotechnology and software areas. She has also taught advanced patent law and intellectual property courses for many years at Georgetown University and George Washington University. Ms. Cohan received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia, and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Editor and Writing Program Director for the Georgetown Journal of International Law. She is a member of the Virginia bar.

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