Karen Brown, Ph.D.

Karen Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen Brown is Obsidian’s Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs, where she develops and leads corporate legal and intellectual property strategy. Dr. Brown brings over 20 years of experience in planning and executing on IP and business strategies in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Dr. Brown most recently served as Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where she formulated its global patent strategy, managed patent litigation and administrative proceedings and negotiated IP-related transactions. Prior to Ironwood, she served as Senior Patent Counsel at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Schering-Plough. Dr. Brown was an Associate at Fish & Neave (now part of Ropes & Gray, LLP) and a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Dr. Brown holds an A.B. in Biology from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.



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