Ilker Donmez, Ph.D.

Associate, Registered Patent Attorney - Boston

Ike Donmez

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Ilker Donmez is an associate in Foley Hoag’s Boston office, where he focuses on preparation and prosecution of patent applications related to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Before joining Foley Hoag, Ilker practiced patent prosecution at two other firms, where the range of subject matter he worked on involved antibodies, antibacterial compositions, transgenes, neurotoxins, vaccines, platelets, enzymatic treatments, ophthalmic solutions, cancer treatments, stem cell therapy, industrial food processing, consumer products, medical devices, and software. His prior scientific research included investigation of structural features of viruses via cryogenic electron microscopy and investigation of mechanistic features of DNA replication enzymes via transient-state enzyme kinetics.


  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.
  • UMDNJ & Rutgers University, Ph.D., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Middle East Technical University, B.S., Molecular Biology & Genetics


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  • Co-author, Ex Parte Reexamination as a Valuable Option for Challenging Patent Claims, Boston Patent Law Association Newsletter 47(4), October 2016.
  • Co-author, Coordinating DNA Replication by Means of Priming Loop and Differential Synthesis Rate, Nature 462(7275): 9400–43, December 2009.
  • Co-author, Coupling of DNA Unwinding to Nucleotide Hydrolysis in a Ring-shaped Helicase, EMBO J 27(12): 1718–26, June 2008.
  • Co-author, Nucleic Acid Unwinding by Hepatitis C Virus and Bacteriophage T7 Helicases Is Sensitive to Base Pair Stability, J Biol Chem 282(29): 21116–23, July 2007.
  • Co-author, Mechanisms of a Ring Shaped Helicase, Nucleic Acids Res 34(15): 4216–24, September 2006.
  • Co-author, Mechanisms of Helicases, J Biol Chem 281(27): 18265–68, July 2006.
  • Co-author, DNA Synthesis Provides the Driving Force to Accelerate DNA Unwinding by a Helicase, Nature 435(7040): 370–73, May 2005.
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  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Agency)