The legal staff at Clark+Elbing consists of a nucleus of attorneys with advanced scientific degrees supported by a team of patent agents and technology specialists, each of whom holds a PhD in a scientific discipline.

We have unparalleled expertise in the biological and biochemical sciences, with professionals holding doctorates in such fields as chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and pharmacology.

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JD magna cum laude, Suffolk University Law School
PhD Chemistry, Harvard University
BS summa cum laude Chemistry, Erskine College

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Admitted to the bar in Massachusetts

Cooper McDonald has been at Clark+Elbing since 2001 and a partner beginning in 2012. His work involves patent prosecution and opinion work, including the preparation of patentability, non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions. Cooper works with clients to protect innovations related to microfluidics, small molecule and polymer chemistry, diagnostics, and medical devices. He also performs due diligence analyses of patent portfolios.

Cooper's doctoral research employed a multidisciplinary approach to the design, fabrication, and testing of microfluidic devices. This research bridged the fields of chemistry, materials science, engineering, and biology. Cooper also has experience in spectroscopic, microscopic, and capillary electrophoretic analytical techniques. He has co-authored publications in several journals, including Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Accounts of Chemical Research, and Analytical Chemistry.

Select Awards & Honors
Academic Leadership Scholarship, Suffolk University Law School
Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
Prize Fellowship in Chemical Physics, Harvard University