Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, J.D.
  • Intellectual Property Law and Transactions, and Administrative Law
  • Moot Court Association, 2001
Western Michigan University, M.S.
  • Molecular Biology
Western Michigan University, B.S.
  • Biological Sciences


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Kelly Murphy focuses his practice on counseling clients on intellectual property matters and U.S. government contracts and procurement regulations.

  • Advises clients on patent procurement, regulatory compliance, and negotiation of licensing, collaboration, and service agreements for pharmaceutical and technology companies, food and ingredient manufacturers, nonprofits, and academic institutions
  • Assists clients in procuring and enforcing domestic and international patents; conducting due diligence; and rendering legal opinions on patent validity or non-infringement


Representative Matters

  • Represented pharmaceutical and technology companies with implementing life cycle strategies for approved therapeutics and marketed products, including
    • Procured domestic and international patents
    • Defended against filed oppositions and inter partes reexamination
    • Obtained national patent listings
    • Filed applications for supplemental protection certificates and patent term extensions
    • Negotiated exclusive license agreements, cooperative research and development agreements, and clinical trial agreements 
  • Represented multinational food manufacturer with patent procurement and patent clearances for global launches of new products and reformulations
  • Prosecuted and obtained numerous patents, including:
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,367,628 Amphoteric Liposome Formulations
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,960,544 Useful Indole Compounds
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,807,647 Methods and Compositions for Cancer Therapy
    • U.S. Patent Nos. 7,704,947; 7,772,188; 7,745,409; 7,910,546 8,080,526; 8,101,579; 8,110,553 Methods and Compositions for the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,659,088: Assay for Inositol Phosphorylceramide Synthase Activity
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,498,315: Methods and Compositions for the Inhibition of Gene Expression
    • U.S. Patent No. D595422: Support device for interventional instruments
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,524,827: Methods and Compositions for the Inhibition of Gene Expression
    • U.S. Patent No. D570,532: Light Fixture Lens and Bezel
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,322,722 B2: Light Fixture
    • U.S. Patent No. 7,374,319: Lighted Handle 

Prior Experience

  • Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., Associate, 2007-2008
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 2005-2007
  • Human Genome Sciences, 2001-2004
  • Invitrogen Corporation, 2000-2001



LMG Life Sciences 

  • Patent Prosecution Attorney of the Year – 2021 – Shortlisted nominee
  • Recognized as a Life Sciences Star, 2020
  • Recognized for Patent Prosecution

2015 Client Choice Award by the International Law Office

Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2009-2014

Professional & Community Involvement

American Bar Association

  • Intellectual Property Law Section 

American Intellectual Property Law Association 

State Bar of Michigan

  • Intellectual Property Law Section 

District of Columbia Bar Association

  • Intellectual Property Law Section 

American Association for the Advancement of Science 

Kalamazoo County Bar Association 

Biotechnology Industry Organization 


Gilmore Keyboard Festival

  • Board of Trustees, 2014-present

Crescendo Academy of Music

  • Board of Directors, 2010-2012

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