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Allison L. Ko


What you should know about me:

I am proud to lead D&M’s Chemical and Life Sciences Group. My background in biomedical engineering inspired a technical focus on medical devices, wearables, surgical and infection prevention products, drug delivery systems, pharmaceuticals, and regenerative medicine. The Chemical & Life Sciences group is a highly productive team of professionals who provide clients with a diverse knowledge base and unique IP strategies that advance their intellectual property portfolios.

  • Known for her willingness to help out on any task
  • Is a mirror image identical twin
  • Helped grow bladders from patients’ own cells that were successfully implanted back into the patients to treat spina bifida or spinal cord injury

Allison’s Experience

From start-ups and universities to Fortune 100 corporations, Allison assists clients in managing their intellectual property portfolios in an efficient but thoughtful manner, taking into account the big picture of their business.

Allison and her team are an integral part of each client’s team rather than acting as counsel who merely advise from the outside looking in. Her team fosters an environment of communication and collaboration to effectively achieve each client’s goals.

In addition to overseeing all aspects of  international patent portfolios for corporate clients and universities, Allison also manages large trademark portfolios, prepares clearance opinions, and participates in IP due diligence projects. 

Background & Credentials


  • Virginia Commonwealth University (B.S., Biomedical Engineering, magna cum laude, 2002)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (M.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2005)
  • Wake Forest University (J.D., 2011)


  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities

  • Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Wake Forest University School of Law Young Alumni Board
  • Junior League of Greenville
  • Meals on Wheels


  • Notes and Comments Editor, Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law
  • Moot Court Board
  • Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)
  • Alpha Eta Mu Beta (National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society)
  • New York State Bar Association Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Winner
  • CALI Book Awards in Legal Research & Writing I, Decedents’ Estates & Trusts, Business Drafting, Advanced Legal Research


  • Bruce AT, Sangha N, Richmond A, Johnson, Jones S, Spencer T, Ludlow JW, “Use of Iodixanol Self-Generated Density Gradients to Enrich for Viable Urothelial Cells from Nonneurogenic and Neurogenic Bladder Tissue.” Tissue Eng Part C: Methods 16(1):33-40 (February 2010).
  • Allison Leigh Richmond, “Scrutinizing the Shipwreck Salvage Standard: Should a Salvor Be Rewarded for Locating Historic Treasure?”, 23 N.Y. Int’l L. Rev. 109 (2010).
  • “How Can You Protect Your Invention Idea? A Primer on Patent Applications” Retina Times, Issue 84, Volume 38, Number 2, Summer 2020.

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