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Karen Sinclair, JD

Director of Intellectual Property

Karen oversees the development and tracking of Harvard’s patent portfolio including monitoring all patent legal expenses. Working closely with other Directors in OTD, Karen advises on OTD-wide productivity as well as patent strategies to maximize the value of IP to facilitate commercialization efforts. She has the honor of directing a team of skilled attorneys and paralegals who secure Harvard’s patent rights and fulfill Harvard’s patent related obligations. Prior to joining Harvard, Karen served as Division IP Counsel at Thermo Fisher Scientific, supporting its laboratory products and consumables divisions. Previous to that, she worked in the Intellectual Property Department of Boston law firms K&L Gates LLP and Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. Karen holds a JD from Boston University and a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.