Julia A. Grimes

Julia Grimes represents a range of clients in the life sciences sector – helping them to optimize and protect their intellectual property assets. The technology areas in which Julia routinely practices include oncology, immunotherapy, peptide-based therapeutics, engineered antibodies, recombinant vaccines, diagnostics, and cellular therapy.

Building on nearly two decades of experience in patent law, Julia handles all aspects of the patent procurement process for our clients – from identifying inventions and assessing patentability to drafting and successfully prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and working with a network of international attorneys to secure patent protection worldwide. Julia is also experienced in contentious patent matters including patent infringement litigation in District Court – giving her a valuable perspective that informs our patent prosecution practice. Julia also provides a variety of patent-related counseling services – including advising our clients on strategic patent portfolio development, freedom-to-operate issues, due diligence analyses, patent-related agreements, presentations to investors and Boards of Directors, and training in-house staff on patent-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 Medical Institute (HHMI) postdoctoral fellow in the U.S. Julia also worked in technology transfer for the U.K. Medical Research Council (MRC) for a number of years – giving her valuable insight into the particular challenges associated with protecting and commercializing intellectual property from academic research institutions.

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