Dr. Vito is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at K&L Gates. She advises clients in all matters relating to patent procurement and strategic portfolio development; technology licensing and asset management; and, general intellectual property counseling regarding patent infringement, validity and enforcement. Dr. Vito’s practice concentrates on the life/medical sciences and biotechnology, and her clients include venture-backed companies, multi-national corporations, venture firms, non-profit organizations, and universities. Dr. Vito was named among the “Best Lawyers in America in Biotechnology Law” in IP Law & Business. Dr. Vito has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in the practice area of Biotechnology Law. Recently, she was again selected as an IP Star by Managing IP for 2016.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Dr. Vito was a partner in the Patent and Intellectual Property Practice Group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. She was previously a scientist in both the academic and industry sectors. While at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Dr. Vito studied developmental neuroendocrinology and collaborated with many of the field’s leading behavioral biologists. After leaving academia, Dr. Vito joined Ventrex Laboratory of Portland, Maine, where she served as Manager of Scientific Affairs and coordinator of technology-related legal matters, including patent matters. From 1989-1993, she was a member of the Maine State Commission on Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering.