Alice Ho's practice focuses on patent prosecution and intellectual property portfolio counselling in the areas of biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences. Dr. Ho also supports litigation efforts in interferences, inter parte reviews, and other post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Additionally, she is experienced in preparing non-infringement and invalidity opinions, as well as performing freedom to operate and due diligence analyses. In her practice, she has prosecuted and analyzed patents involving a range of technologies including medical devices, antibodies, pharmaceuticals, and medical diagnostics.
At The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Ho was trained in the lab of Dr. Brian O’Rourke, where she was involved in a collaborative research project about arrhythmia. In her dissertation, she successfully identified the molecular composition of the mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channel (mitoKATP), which is involved in the protection of the heart against ischemia-reperfusion injury. This advanced the cardiac preconditioning field because it resolved debate about the existence of this mitochondrial ion channel 20 years after it was first described by single-channel patch-clamp recordings of ATP-sensitive K+ currents in giant liver mitoplasts.
During her graduate studies, she also had the opportunity to serve as the technical advisor in a medical device commercialization team for a non-invasive heart failure monitoring device developed in the Division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Ho was selected as a Medtronic Foundation Fellow based on her dedication to cardiovascular research, and her research is recognized internationally. She co-authored a number of peer reviewed publications in high-impact journals including Circulation Research. Her interdisciplinary research experience spanned across electrophysiology, molecular biology, cell biology, bio-imaging, biomechanics, high-throughput assay development and optimization.
- JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2017
- PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2013
- BASc, Engineering Science, Biomedical Option, University of Toronto, 2006
- District of Columbia
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Chinese (Cantonese)