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Wes McDermott Ph.D.*

Patent Technical Specialist

Dr. Wes McDermott is a patent technical specialist in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office and is also a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Group.

Professional Biography

A biological scientist with experience in technology evaluation, patent law, and preclinical research, Dr. McDermott concentrates his practice on U.S. patent prosecution for the life science and biotechnology fields. He also focuses on patent portfolio management and patentability assessment.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Dr. McDermott worked as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he examined biotechnology patent applications, particularly in the field of cancer immunotherapy, for novelty, utility, and compliance with statutes, case law, and regulations.

In his role as a Scientific Advisor at FoxKiser, Dr. McDermott advised the law, venture capital, and strategic consulting firm on biomedical technologies. He investigated trial designs for cancer immunotherapies and evaluated the potential role of gene therapy in oncology and biodefense. He also presented briefings on gene therapy and regenerative medicine to Congressional staff.

He previously served as a Senior Research Associate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Department of Microbiology and Immunology where he led a federally funded project in the development of therapeutic antibodies to bacterial toxins.

Dr. McDermott's scientific skills encompass immuno-oncology, antibodies, and microbiology.

  • Member – American Society for Microbiology
  • Member – American Chemical Society
  • Member – American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow – National Institutes of Health (2001 – 2003)
  • Recipient – DuPont Teaching Award (1992)
  • "Isolation of Neutralizing Human Recombinant Antibodies to Staphylococcal Enterotoxin Types A and B," American Society for Microbiology General Meeting (May 2009)


  • Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D. in Biology, 2001
  • Rice University, B.A. in Biology and History, 1989, cum laude



Baker Donelson professional not admitted to the practice of law.

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