Aaron Morrow focuses his practice on IP procurement and portfolio management.
He also provides strategic IP counseling, due diligence research and analysis for portfolio acquisitions, and opinion work such as patentability, validity, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions. His counseling has included IP strategies for development and sale of commercial products, which involves robust IP protection for the commercial product combined with a detailed approach for avoiding infringement of third party IP rights.
Aaron is a PTO-registered patent attorney with a background in biochemistry and biology and experience in all aspects of patent prosecution. His practice involves a broad range of complex technologies with an emphasis in preparing and prosecuting patent applications related to chemistry, biochemistry, food sciences, nutritional compositions, and pharmaceuticals. He also has experience navigating foreign-derived patent applications to allowance in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
His experience teaching laboratory classes and performing substantial scientific research during undergraduate and graduate school allows him to consult and collaborate effectively with clients in the life sciences. Furthermore, during law school he was candidacy editor for the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law where he honed a high level of attention to detail in writing that he uses in corresponding with the PTO.
Aaron regularly publishes and presents on the topic of patentable subject matter, particularly regarding the guidelines issued by the U.S. Patent Office and their implementation by Patent Examiners. He also counsels clients regarding the patent eligibility of life sciences inventions and devises strategies for ensuring the patent eligibility of such inventions.
His strategic counseling also includes trade secret analysis, for example developing procedures for establishing, maintaining and enforcing trade secret protection.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Aaron worked at an IP boutique focusing on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution in diverse technologies, such as medical devices, multimedia processing and rendering, software, hydrocarbon drilling technology, and programmable cylinders. His work at the IP boutique also involved both U.S. and foreign trademark matters, including consent agreements and opposition proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
During law school, he worked as a clerk and a summer associate at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, a K&L Gates predecessor firm.
- Defend Trade Secrets Act, Annual Meeting of the IP Law Section of the North Carolina Bar, (April 28, 2017)
- Section 101 Patent Eligibility: The New World of Patentable Subject Matter, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Sanjay Murthy (Partner, K&L Gates, Chicago), Margaux Nair (Associate, K&L Gates, Chicago),
Aaron Morrow (Associate, K&L Gates, Chicago), Professor Joshua Sarnoff (DePaul College of Law), and Professor David Schwartz (Chicago-Kent College of Law), Invited Panelists (November 5, 2014)
- Navigating the USPTO’s Guidance on Patent-Eligible Subject Matter for Natural Products, West LegalEdCenter, Thomson Reuters, Morrow, A. and Nair, M., Invited Speakers (June 6, 2014)
- “Methods For Using Natural Compounds Can Be Patent-Eligible,” Law360, 6 May 2019
- “How PTAB Applies Mayo To Methods Involving Natural Principles,” Law360, 6 February 2017
- "A Look at USPTO’s New Patent-Eligibility Examples," Law360, 16 May 2016
- "A Guide To USPTO Guidance On Patentable Subject Matter," Law360, 19 May 2014