Elizabeth-AnnWeeks Ph.D. (EA)

Associate

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8821

Dr. Elizabeth-Ann (EA) Weeks focuses her practice on patent portfolio counseling and intellectual property transactions in the chemical, biotechnical, and pharmaceutical sciences.

EA works with clients on the development and management of worldwide patent portfolios. She advises clients on early- to late-stage life-cycle strategies and regulatory extension opportunities. She has managed patent portfolios and procured patents in a broad range of technologies in the life sciences and chemical arts.

EA also advises clients on a variety of intellectual property transactions, including licensing and due diligence matters. She regularly drafts and reviews license agreements and performs competitive intelligence, patentability, and freedom-to-operate analyses. In addition, she has experience in patent litigation (including Hatch-Waxman litigation) and post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

EA's doctoral research at Georgia Tech spanned several areas of chemistry, including organic chemistry, biochemistry, polymer chemistry, and physical chemistry. Her primary work focused on the photochemistry and photophysics of excited-state proton transfer in various small molecules that was applied to a number of technologies, including drug delivery systems, proton pumps in biological systems, and fuel cell applications.

After obtaining her Ph.D. in 2012, EA practiced as a patent agent at a global law firm while attending law school.

Experience

  • Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma acquires late stage biopharma companies and forms alliance with Roivant Sciences Ltd. worth $3 billionJones Day advised Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd. ("Sumitomo") in an acquisition of late stage biopharma companies and formation of alliance with Roivant Sciences Ltd.
  • Hard Rock International acquires JACK Cincinnati Casino and Turfway Park for $745 millionJones Day advised Hard Rock International on the acquisition of JACK Cincinnati Casino, located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, together with VICI Properties, Inc., and Turfway Park, located in Florence, Kentucky, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $745 million in cash.
  • AbbVie acquires MavupharmaJones Day advised AbbVie Inc. in its acquisition of Seattle-based Mavupharma, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on novel approaches to target the STING (STimulator of INterferon Genes) pathway for the treatment of cancer.
  • Royalty Pharma acquires EMGALITY® royalty from Arteaus Therapeutics for $260 millionJones Day advised Royalty Pharma, the industry leader in acquiring pharmaceutical royalties, in its $260 million acquisition of the royalty interest held by Arteaus Therapeutics, LLC on future global net sales of Eli Lilly and Company’s EMGALITY® (galcanezumab), an anti-CGRP antibody for the prevention of migraine.
  • Rain Therapeutics expands patent portfolio related to clinical stage cancer therapiesJones Day advised Rain Therapeutics Inc. in connection with global patent portfolio development related to a hypoxia-activated prodrug of a potent pan-HER inhibitor, Tarloxotinib (Tarlox), for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer in patients with EGFR and HER exon 20 insertion mutations.
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