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Carissa Childs, Ph.D.

70 Linden Oaks
Suite 210
Rochester, New York 14625
Phone:  585.270.2134
Fax:  585.270.2174


Dr. Childs is a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology team and focuses her practice on biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent prosecution matters. As a toxicologist, Carissa has a broad knowledge base in the areas of molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience and toxicology. She has experience in writing and prosecuting patent applications relating to nucleic acid, peptide and antibody therapeutics, especially for the treatment of central nervous system disorders, cancer immunotherapeutics and diagnostics, vaccines, neural stem cell technologies and therapeutics, nucleic acid detection assays, toxicological screening assays, and tissue engineering technologies.

In addition to patent prosecution, Carissa also has experience in resolving inventorship disputes and analyzing priority materials for provoking patent interferences.

Carissa previously worked as a licensing associate for Biological Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Office of Technology Transfer, where she was responsible for evaluating invention disclosures, monitoring patent prosecution and licensing technologies to commercial partners. Carissa has experience in drafting and reviewing confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements and licensing agreements.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Rochester, New York, December 2010 – Present
  • Nixon Peabody, Rochester, New York, 2006 – December 2010

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association


  • Recognized as an Upstate New York Rising Star by Law & Politics magazine for Intellectual Property, 2015