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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 registered patent attorney and member of the Intellectual Property team with significant experience in the preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications.

Carissa handles a variety of patent matters in the life sciences and biotechnology fields. With a breadth of knowledge in the areas of molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience and toxicology, Carissa has experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to nucleic acid, peptide, and antibody therapeutics, cancer immunotherapeutics, vaccines, diagnostic and personalized medicine technologies, stem cell technologies and therapeutics, high-throughput nucleic acid detection assays and platform devices, toxicological screening assays, and tissue engineering technologies.

In addition to patent prosecution, Carissa also has experience in resolving inventorship disputes and interference proceedings. She also prepares validity and infringement opinions.

Carissa previously worked as a licensing associate and in-house counsel 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 negotiating 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
  • Monroe County Bar Association


  • Recognized as an Upstate New York Rising Star by Law & Politics magazine for Intellectual Property, 2015 - 2017

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  • J.D., University at Buffalo School of Law, 2010
  • Ph.D., Toxicology, University of Rochester, 2005
  • M.S., Toxicology, University of Rochester, 2002
  • B.S., Marine Science, Eckerd College, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office