Alice O. Martin

Alice O. Martin

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Recognized since 2007

Chicago, Illinois

Practice Areas

Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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Dr. Alice Martin advises on domestic and international patent prosecution and litigation opinions. She delivers legal acuity, scientific and intellectual prowess and prompt attention to those she serves. Alice is valued for providing clear answers to complicated questions and practical solutions for even the most difficult challenges.

In addition to her patent law practice, Alice is a geneticist by training. Her immediate understanding of science and cutting-edge invention is further supported by her creativity in applying the law to pioneering innovation. As a result, Alice’s experience spans a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, agriculture and plants, animals, medical compositions and devices, laboratory equipment, genetics, treatments and assays for various diseases, surgical techniques, tissue culture methods and equipment.

Alice offers significant experience in the specialized area of the biotechnology of plants. Over the course of her career, she has obtained many U.S. and foreign utility patents for major corporations. Notably, Alice obtained the first fertile transgenic corn plant patent, which then involved an interference proceeding that the client won.

Alice is familiar with representation for utility patents on plants and provisions under the Plant Patent Act and the Plant Variety Protection Act. Alice has also prosecuted patents involving many types of trees, corn and rice. She has advised on patents involving U.S., Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and foreign countries for various plants and plant techniques for universities and other organizations. She is familiar with wheat, watermelon and the like.

Prior to practicing law, Alice worked as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School, as well as a certified Medical Geneticist and Cytogenetics Laboratory director at Northwestern Memorial Hospitals. She was the principal investigator on many NIH and NCI research grants. Her academic and research experience provides insight and understanding of the inventions to be protected by universities.

She has written more than 100 articles for scientific and legal publications and delivered more than 50 presentations nationally and internationally on scientific and legal issues.

Contact & Links


  • One North Wacker Drive, Suite 4400
    Chicago, IL 60606-2833


  • Loyola University Chicago , J.D., graduated 1989
  • Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D., graduated 1969
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, M.S., graduated 1963

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, Illinois Bar Association
  • Illinois, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, Chicago (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice

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