Jane M. Love, Ph.D.


Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Department

Love Ph.D., Jane M.

Dr. Jane M. Love, co-vice chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Department, is a patent attorney with a practice focused on life sciences issues in the areas of patent litigation, patent prosecution, patent interferences, reexaminations, and strategic patent portfolio advice and diligence. Dr. Love has deep experience in biotechnology and chemistry patent issues. Dr. Love’s practice encompasses ANDA litigation, biologics litigation, advice related to biosimilars, post-grant proceedings under the AIA and global coordination of prosecution and enforcement of patent rights. 


Patent Advice: Dr. Love advises her clients on how to create and shape an intellectual property portfolio to protect valuable ideas and discoveries. Dr. Love prepares and prosecutes patent applications and manages large portfolios of patents in the US and globally. Dr. Love serves clients in the life sciences areas, especially in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, biology, biochemistry, immunology, nanotechnology and chemistry. Dr. Love has been entrusted with obtaining IP protection on significant innovations such as gene and protein therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, vaccines, treatment methods, pharmaceutical compounds, and formulations. Dr. Love is experienced in providing strategic patent advice to large and small companies, biotech and pharmaceutical start-up companies, universities and research institutions.

IP Litigation: Dr. Love utilizes the experience she has in core IP areas to represent clients in IP litigation related to life sciences patents. In particular, Dr. Love has litigation experience in the areas of antibody technology, Hatch-Waxman litigation related to pharmaceutical molecules, and synthetic peptide therapeutics.

IP Advice in Transactions: Dr. Love provides advice to large and small companies, as well as to potential investors, with regard to intellectual property that may form the basis of value in technology-related transactions. Dr. Love has experience in IP due diligence, invalidity and non-infringement opinions, patentability assessments, freedom-to-operate analyses, competitive landscape analyses and overall patent strategy.

Patent Interferences: Dr. Love is one of the few patent practitioners with significant experience in the difficult area of patent interference practice before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. In addition, her practice includes representation in other contentious proceedings such as reexaminations at the USPTO, and advice as co-counsel with European agents in Opposition proceedings.

Dr. Love was a panelist at the April 2011 19th Annual Conference Intellectual Property Law & Policy for Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute in New York, speaking about the Myriad case and gene patents. In January 2010, she spoke for the IP Due Diligence Conference in New York on biotech and pharma transactions by the American Conference Institute. In May 2009, she spoke at the Emerging Growth Markets Conference by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC in New York City about "Legal Perspectives in the Acquisition of Intellectual Property Rights in Emerging Markets." In June 2008, she was a panelist at "Pathways To Leadership: Keys to Success For Women In The Law," an event held by the New York City Bar Association. In October 2004, Dr. Love spoke about "Extracting Value from Intellectual Property" for the Silicon Alley Entrepreneur's Club (SAEC).

Honors & Awards

Dr. Love was selected as a 2013-2015 "IP Star" by Managing IP magazine, a guidebook that identifies leading lawyers in the United States. In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Love was recognized as a "Top 250 Women in IP" by IP Stars, a Managing IP publication that identifies leading female IP attorneys in the US. She was named a "New York Super Lawyer" in intellectual property in the 2009-2013 issues of Law and Politics and Who's Who Legal recognized Dr. Love as a leading lawyer in the 2015 edition of their life sciences guide.

In 2008, Dr. Love was named to IP Law & Business' exclusive list of the "Top 50 Under 45."

Dr. Love was recognized for her exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of intellectual property by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2005.

Publications & News


July 6, 2015

Managing IP Recognizes WilmerHale, Attorneys in 2015 IP Stars Handbook

Managing Intellectual Property has released the third annual edition of its IP Stars Handbook—a guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the United States—prominently ranking WilmerHale and 18 of its partners.

September 30, 2014

Cyber Crime And Trade Secret Protection: Strengthening Defenses

An article written by Jonathan Cedarbaum and Jane Love published in the New York Law Journal’s White-Collar Crime Special Section on September 29, 2014.

August 28, 2014

LMG Life Sciences Honors Firm, Attorneys with Top Rankings for Third Consecutive Year

The 2014 edition of LMG Life Sciences has been released, and it includes the recognition of nine WilmerHale practice areas and 17 attorneys.

July 17, 2014

WilmerHale and 17 Partners Rank in Managing IP’s 2014-2015 IP Stars Handbook

Managing IP has released its second annual edition of its IP Stars Handbook—a guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the United States—prominently ranking WilmerHale and 17 of its partners.

May 13, 2014

Success at the Federal Circuit: WilmerHale Earns Five Victories in One Week

WilmerHale has just completed an extremely successful week at the Federal Circuit, receiving favorable decisions in five out of six patent cases concerning various legal issues.

May 31, 2013

Fourteen WilmerHale Partners Named as 2013-14 IP Stars by Managing IP

Managing IP magazine, a Euromoney Legal Media Group publication, has released its inaugural edition of IP Stars—a guidebook that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the United States. WilmerHale is among the top nationally ranked firms in the guide and is rated highly in multiple states.

January 23, 2013

Recent Developments Relating to Patent Term Adjustments

December 18, 2012

Intellectual Property Law in 2012

With another successful year in 2012, we are stepping back to consider some of the highlights in intellectual property law and our IP practice. The continued implementation of the America Invents Act has led to new thinking about patent strategy and the use of various post-grant proceedings. The courts and practitioners have continued to wrestle with the scope of patentable subject matter, direct and indirect infringement, inequitable conduct, damages, and other issues. At the same time, the intersection of IP and other areas of law continues to expand, such as with the scrutiny concerning the adequacy of disclosures of patent rights during standards-setting. Our IP practice has been active in these and other areas.

March 12, 2012

Practical Law Company Names WilmerHale to 2012 Life Sciences Super League

June 14, 2010

Mentioned in the June 14, 2010 article "Local Law Firm Helps African Farmers," which appeared in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 

Professional Activities

Prior to practicing law, Dr. Love conducted doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, PA, and post-doctoral research at Cornell University Weill Medical College in New York City in molecular biology, pharmacology and cell and developmental biology. Dr. Love was a Captain in the US Army Reserve Medical Service Corp from 1991 to 1997.

Dr. Love is a member of The American and New York Bar Associations, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the Association for University Technology Managers (AUTM), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) and the Society for Women in Science (SWIS). 


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JD, Fordham University School of Law, 1999

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cornell University Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, 1995

PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 1993

BA, Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 1987

Bar Admissions

New York


United States Patent and Trademark Office