Columbia University

Technology Ventures

Patents 101

October 07, 2015
Teresa Chen, Associate General Counsel
Columbia University Medical Center
Hammer Building, Room LL206

As the Columbia technology transfer experience demonstrates, patents can provide a successful vehicle for generating research funding for university inventions. Unfortunately, many seemingly harmless events occurring after the conception of an invention can jeopardize the right to file for a patent. Teresa Chen, Associate General Counsel for Columbia University, will present a patent law primer focusing on what you need to know to preserve patent protection for your inventions.


Teresa Chen joined the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in February 2014 as an Associate General Counsel. As a member of the OGC’s patent and licensing group, she manages patent prosecution in the life sciences area.

Ms. Chen comes to Columbia with specialized experience in patent law, previously working as a patent agent and as an associate at the law firm of Winston & Strawn from 2006 to 2014. Prior to joining Winston, Ms. Chen was an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Ms. Chen received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Fudan University, a Ph.D. in Genetics and Development from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Fordham Law School. She is admitted to practice law in New York State and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.