Perdue IP Law, APC

Attorney Profile

Donna O. Perdue, Ph.D., J.D.
Principal, Perdue IP Law, APC, San Diego CA

Admitted to practice in California
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Perdue brings extensive legal and scientific experience to the practice of intellectual property law.  In addition to her law practice, Dr. Perdue serves on the International Advisory Committee for Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA), and has served on the IPO Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Issues Standing Committee, and the IPO Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Standing Committee.  Prior to founding Perdue IP Law, APC, Dr. Perdue practiced intellectual property law at the firms of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, and Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman, LLP. 

Recent presentations and publications:

Perdue, DO 2017.  Patent Disclosure Requirements Related to Genetic Resources:  The Right Tool for the Job?  Biotechnology Law Report 2017 36(6): 285 -296.

"Biobased products and potential impacts of the Nagoya Protocol"  2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.  April 18, 2016, San Diego, CA.

"Whither the fruits of innovation:  Assessing potential impacts of the Nagoya Protocol on research and development activities utilizing genetic resources" IPO 2015 Annual Meeting.  September 28, 2015, Chicago IL.

Perdue, DO 2016.  Whither Innovation:  The R&D Sector and the Nagoya Protocol at One Year After Entry into Force. Biotechnology Law Report 35(1):9-16.


J.D., University of Washington School of Law, Seattle WA   
Concentrations: intellectual property law, international law, comparative law
During law school, Dr. Perdue was a JD Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP), served on the editorial board of the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, externed with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC, worked as a summer associate at the firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox, LLP in Washington DC, clerked at the firm of Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP in Baton Rouge LA, and externed with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Division in Seattle WA.   

Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca NY 
Concentrations: biochemistry,  molecular biology, plant physiology, plant pathology
At Cornell, Dr. Perdue conducted research on second messenger systems in plant signal transduction, in particular the roles of calcium in phototransduction and gravity sensing in light-regulated gravitropic responses. Awards included a NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and a NASA Graduate Research Award to support her thesis research at the Boyce Thompson Institute with Dr. A. Carl Leopold, and a DAAD Short-Term Research Award for research on plant G-proteins at the Universit├Ąt Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. On leave of absence from Cornell, Dr. Perdue taught at the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua. In addition to her thesis research, Dr. Perdue also participated a multi-year student-run project of agronomic research on intercropping, and learned to drive a tractor.        
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Plant Biology, Oregon State University and Howard Hughes Institute at University of Washington
This award funded positions as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology of Oregon State University, and as a Senior Research Fellow in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Washington.  At Oregon State University, Dr. Perdue identified and characterized a monomeric GTP-binding protein found in plasma membranes.  At the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Dr. Perdue identified, characterized, and purified a nucleoside diphosphate kinase associated with plant cell membranes; this work was continued with funding from the University of Washington Royalty Research Fund.  

Visiting Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Yakima WA  
Dr. Perdue conducted research on fruit ripening and hormone physiology at the USDA, studying the differential activity of isozymes of cell-wall-degrading enzymes during ripening and the effects of ethylene and cold storage on these activities, and the expression of heat shock proteins in response to heat treatments for pest control.

Publications (selected):
Perdue, DO  2009  Take The Patent Prosecution Highway To Save Time And Money Patenting The Same Invention In Different Countries; reprinted at (5/14/09)
Perdue, DO  2007.  New Rules for Claims and Continuation Practice Before the USPTO.  Intellectual Property Vol. 1400 No. 1411: 1-5.
Perdue, DO  2006.  Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program enacted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office allows faster examination of certain applications, Intellectual Property (Japan) Vol. 1400 No. 1407: 1-5.
Perdue, DO  2006.  Recent patent appeals court ruling clarifies requirements for product-by-process claims.  Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal 18(7): 9-11.
Israelsen, NA, DO Perdue, JG Rickenbrode.  2002.  Festo and biotechnology patent prosecution: Consequences for the practical patent practitioner.  Biotechnology Law Report 21(6): 540.
Perdue, DO  2001 Genetically modified organisms in Europe:  New European Union regulations may lead to lifting moratorium on release.  The Law Journal Vol. 4(2): 10.
Perdue, DO 1999.  The changing landscape for patenting transgenic plants in Europe.  CASRIP Newsletter, Vol. 6: 16-24, Summer 1999.
Perdue, DO, EJ Mitcham, and LG Neven 1998.  Transient expression of HSC70 in cherry fruit subjected to heat shock.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 46: 4447-4450
Perdue, DO, LG Neven and S Drake 1998.  Cell wall ╬▓-galactosidases of ripening d'Anjou pears.  Journal of Food Quality 21:341-353
Perdue, DO and JB Hurley 1997.  Identification and purification of a cromoglycate-sensitive NDP kinase from membranes of zucchini.  Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 35:1-9
Perdue, DO and JB Hurley 1993.  Identification and partial purification of GTP-binding proteins and nucleoside diphosphate kinases from zucchini membranes.  Plant Physiology 102:66
Perdue, DO and TL Lomax 1992.  Characterization of GTP binding and hydrolysis in plasma membranes of zucchini.  Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 30: 163-172
Perdue, DO 1991.  Light regulation of plant gravitropism.  McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology pp 316-318
Perdue, DO, AK LaFavre, AC Leopold 1988.  Calcium in the regulation of gravitropism by light.   Plant Physiology 86: 1276-1280Type your paragraph here.