" Jeffrey I. Auerbach is a partner and the managing member of Auerbach Schrot LLC, a Rockville, Maryland intellectual property law firm. "

Jeffrey I. Auerbach

Jeffrey I. Auerbach received his B.S. degree in biochemistry, genetics, and microbiology from Cornell University in 1975. He received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University in 1977 and 1981, respectively. Before entering into a career in patent law, Dr. Auerbach served as a research scientist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of the National Cancer Institute, at W.R. Grace & Company, and at SmithKline & French Laboratories (where he received that company’s highest research award). Dr. Auerbach also served as an Examiner of immunology patents for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He began his career in patent law in 1985 and received his J.D. degree in 1989, from the National Law Center of George Washington University. Prior to forming AuerbachSchrot, LLC, Dr. Auerbach was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and a partner at Howrey, LLP.

Dr. Auerbach’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, therapeutics, diagnostics, bioinformatics, on strategic counseling and on the enforcement and exploitation of patent rights. His background in biophysics has, however, permitted him to work in a broad array of different technologies, including computer architecture, material sciences, polymer chemistry, software and telecommunication protocols. Dr. Auerbach’s clients range from multinational corporations to younger companies, to major academic and research institutions. Dr. Auerbach has significant experience in patent licensing, trade secret law and patent litigation. He has served as counsel in some of the most complex biotechnology licensing, trade secret and patent disputes to have arisen in the past 25 years.

Dr. Auerbach is also an inventor, having received patents in the United States and throughout the world for his own inventions in vaccine production and isothermal “rolling circle” nucleic acid amplification. He was the founder and president of Replicon, Inc., a Maryland biotechnology company focused on the use of “rolling circle” amplification in diagnostics, genomics and therapeutics, and was the president of DC Associates, LLC, a biotechnology licensing company until 2013. Dr. Auerbach has served as a member of the Washington, DC Board of the American Committee for the Weitzman Institute of Science, and as a Diplomat of that Institute.

Dr. Auerbach is a member of the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the bars of the U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland and District of Columbia, and of the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia and Federal Circuit. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Auerbach is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP®). He has served as an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University, teaching courses in biotechnology law. He is the author of many publications, including the web monograph “Patent Law Principles and Strategies.” Dr. Auerbach’s biography has appeared in “Marquis® Who’s Who in American Law” and “Marquis® Who’s Who in America.” He holds a 10.0/10 rating from and is nationally peer-rated (Martindale-Hubbell / Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.).