Gretchen S. Peterson, Ph.D.

Patent Advisor, Registered Patent Agent - Boston

Gretchen Peterson
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Gretchen Peterson is a Patent Advisor in Foley Hoag’s Intellectual Property Department. As a registered patent agent, she brings over a decade of experience working both in law firms and in-house in Boston area technology and pharmaceutical companies.

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  • Harvard University, Ph.D., Chemistry, 2004
  • Harvard University, M.A., Chemistry, 2000
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, B.S., Chemistry, 1997



Professional Experience

  • Key manager of patent portfolios for small and mid-size pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, ranging in size from several patent applications to several hundred patent applications. Responsible for all aspects of prosecution of both US, PCT and worldwide applications, ensuring work of the highest quality from formalities to substantive prosecution strategy and execution. Experience ranges the entire life of a patent application, from drafting to examination to post-issue proceedings such as reexamination.
  • As in-house patent agent at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, executed strategies in US/worldwide patent portfolio prosecution that directly led to the issuance of 20 patents and at least 6 allowances in two years.
  • As in-house patent agent at Midori Renewables, a venture capital-backed small company, provided counsel the CEO and Business Development management in how patent strategy interfaced with opportunities to grow the company and obtain investment funding.
  • As in-house patent agent at Infinity Pharmaceuticals, collaborated with the organic chemists and biotechnical scientists to draft patent applications and she performed competitive landscape analyses that helped drive the direction of pharmaceutical research.
  • As a patent agent at previous firms, worked independently in the prosecution of worldwide applications in at least five major portfolios. In addition to drafting applications and their prosecution, developed experience in patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses of target chemical patent landscapes. Also gained foundational skills and experience in patent prosecution and client counseling, as well as due diligence analyses.
  • "Total Synthesis of Teicoplanin Aglycon.” D. A. Evans, J. L. Katz, G. S. Peterson, T. Hintermann  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001 123, 12411-12413. Significance of this research was recognized in: “Highlights of the Recent Literature: Synthesizing the Teicoplanin Core.”  P. D. Szuromi  Science  2001, 294, 1791.
  • "An Improved Procedure for the Preparation of 2,2-Bis[2-[4(S)-tert-butyl-1,3-oxazolinyl]]propane [(S,S)-tert-Butylbis (oxazoline)] and Derived Copper (II) Complexes.” D. A. Evans, G. S. Peterson, J. S. Johnson, D. M. Barnes, K. R. Campos, K. A. Woerpel  J. Org. Chem. 1998, 63, 4541-4544.


  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Chemical Society
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  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Agency)