Gargi Talukder, Ph.D. is the leader of the San Francisco intellectual property (IP) practice. She provides advice to innovator life sciences companies on global patent portfolio management, IP diligence, and patent prosecution. Gargi works with scientific leads and senior management of leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to develop strategies for patent procurement and product clearance across a range of life sciences technology sectors, such as cellular networks, protein therapeutics, and nucleic acid applications.
Gargi’s work in protein therapeutics uses analyses of patent landscapes to inform strategic portfolio management. In the field of genomic acid sequencing, she has conducted diligence and developed portfolios related to the biochemistry and sample preparation as well as to the associated devices utilized in the sequencing methods. In the field of cancer immunotherapies (immuno-oncology), she has developed portfolios related to cellular immunotherapy approaches, including targeted immune cell therapies and immunological pathway interventions.
In addition, Gargi assists clients in providing intellectual property support for transactional matters including diligence for mergers and acquisitions as well as financing rounds and also provides litigation support. Her technical experience is routinely called upon in helping to develop litigation strategies for complex and high-stakes trials.
Gargi has authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed publications, as well as articles discussing medical and biological research in general-interest newspapers and periodicals. Her doctoral work in Neuroscience from Stanford University focused on structure-function studies in ion channels, with an emphasis on using genetic engineering and electrophysiology to identify structural elements of potassium channels that lead to their voltage and chemical sensitivity.
University of Chicago Law School, 2005, J.D.
Stanford University, 2001, Ph.D.
University of Chicago, 1995, B.S.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Intellectual property: Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings), The Legal 500 US (2020)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Board of Directors, Creativity Explored
National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship
Member and Past President, San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association (SFIPLA)