Julia A. Grimes

Julia A. GrimesJulia Grimes provides a range of intellectual property services to clients in the life sciences sector, including working with world-renowned academic institutions and biotech and biopharmaceutical companies, ranging from new startups to those already having products in clinical development or on the market.  The technology areas in which Julia routinely practices include oncology, immunotherapy, recombinant vaccines, engineered antibodies, diagnostics, cellular therapy, and regenerative medicine.

Building on nearly two decades of experience in IP law, Julia handles all aspects of the patent procurement process for her clients—ranging from identifying inventions and assessing patentability to drafting and successfully prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  Julia is also experienced in contentious matters, including patent infringement litigation in District Court—enabling her to develop prosecution strategies aimed at avoiding difficulties that can arise when patents are enforced in litigation.  In addition to patent prosecution, Julia also provides patent-related counseling services, including advising her clients on strategic patent portfolio development, freedom-to-operate issues, due diligence, IP-related agreements, presentations to investors and Boards of Directors, and training in-house staff on IP-related issues.

Prior to her legal career, Julia gained many years of hands-on scientific research experience in the fields of oncology and neuroscience while working as a doctoral student in the U.K. and as a Howard Hughes postdoctoral fellow in the U.S.  Julia also worked in technology transfer for the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the U.K.

Legal Experience

  • Grimes & Yvon LLP* 2012-present
  • WilmerHale, LLP, 2006-2012
  • Frommer Lawrence & Haug, LLP, 2002-2006

* formerly Grimes Patent Law


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY
  • Ph.D., Biology, Imperial College, London, UK
  • B.Sc. (Hons, First class, Marshall prize), Biology, Imperial College, London, UK

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office