Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle

Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Michele A. Cimbala, Ph.D.

Mind + Muscle

Michele A. Cimbala, Ph.D.



Dr. Cimbala is a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group.  Her practice is focused on biotechnology patent procurement and evaluation, including the preparation of patent applications, their prosecution and appeal, and related opinion matters.

Her technical expertise is in the area of biotechnology, and especially molecular biology, enzymology, and molecular endocrinology.  Dr. Cimbala also has experience in clean technology industrial enzyme applications for the pulp and paper industry and in textile processing.

Dr. Cimbala completed her postdoctoral research with Dr. Richard Hansen at Case Western Reserve University.  Before changing her career into patent law, she was an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.  While at Worcester, her research was funded by grants from the NIH, the American Diabetes Association, and the March of Dimes, and concerned the molecular mechanism of peptide hormone action.  She was a member of the NIH Biomedical Sciences-2 Study Section.

Dr. Cimbala is also an avid amateur radio operator.  She holds Extra Class license WK3X from the FCC.  Dr. Cimbala is a former Radio Officer of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) for Montgomery County, Maryland.  She is also very active with the Laurel, Maryland, VEC (Volunteer Examination Coordinator) group, which tests applicants for new amateur radio licenses, and is the Secretary and Rules Custodian for the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (www.ncvec.org).

  • "UPTO Issues New Subject Matter Elibility Examination Interim Guidelines -- Nature-Based Product Guidance," Miklos Gaszner, Ph. D. and Michele A. Cimbala, Ph.D., Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, December 2014
  • "Changes to Implement the Patent Law Treaty," John T. Haran and Michele A. Cimbala, Ph.D., Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, October 2013
  • "The New Rules of Practice Before teh Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences: A Win-Win for Everyone," Michele A. Cimbala and John T. Haran, Intellectual Property Today, March 2012
  • "Prioritized Fast Track Examination Effective May 4, 2011," Michele A. Cimbala and John Haran, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, April 2011
  • "PTO Issues New Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in view of Bilski v. Kappos," Michele A. Cimbala, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, July 2010
  • "Filing an RCE and the Potential Future RCE Backlog," John T. haran and Michele A. Cimbala, Intellectual Property Today, November 2009
  • "Hot Topics in US Patent Practice," Michele A. Cimbala, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, May 2008
  • “Possible Divisional Application Filings by November 1, 2007," Michele A. Cimbala, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, October 2007

Sterne Kessler has been ranked in the Top Ten for patent quality in the US in a survey that was conducted by Ocean Tomo, a merchant bank that specializes in IP assets.  Survey results were published in the March/April 2010 issue of Intellectual Asset Management.  This survey used a detailed system for determining the value of a patent, based on a large number of factors that have been shown to correlate directly with a company's decision to invest in a patent by paying periodic maintenance fees to hold onto the patent rights.

  • Admissions
      • District of Columbia

      • Pennsylvania

      • Federal Circuit Bar

      • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Education
    • J.D., The George Washington University
      Ph.D., Biochemistry, West Virginia University

    • B.S., Biochemistry, The Pennsylvania State University


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