Patent expertise informed by a chemistry background
With a background deeply rooted in science and engineering, Dr. Yamina Belabassi offers a wide array of expertise that fuels some of the most complex and innovative technologies of today. She joined the firm in 2018 as a technical advisor and applies her doctoral and postdoctoral training in helping other inventors maximize the value of their patent portfolios. Prior to beginning a career in law, Yamina worked as a consultant at ATERIS Technologies where she focused on patent drafting, conducting market research, and product design and development. This experience exposed Yamina to both the technical and business aspects of IP. She later joined Spark IP Law as a technical specialist and scientific advisor, and has since expanded into other areas that, today, include advising on patent prosecution, validity and infringement, and patentability.
In addition to a biochemistry undergraduate degree, Yamina holds a Master of Science in chemistry of biomolecules, a Master of Engineering in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. As a result, she is able to support a variety of industries, ranging from nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals to neuroscience and oil and gas. Although diverse in her clientele and even more diverse in patent subject matter, Yamina has a single goal when it comes to managing intellectual property: contributing to a company’s bottom line. She achieves this by helping to implement strategies that save inventors time and money, all while ensuring protection for their ideas, products, and discoveries.
Paving the way for future research
A well-respected scientist, Yamina’s work as a research professional has earned her multiple accolades, including the first scientist internationally to develop radio tracers for organophosphate poisoning. While working at The University of Montana’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Yamina made a groundbreaking discovery in the field of chemical terrorism – developing molecules that could be used as antidotes, along with radio tracers that could determine the locations of nerve gas agents that enter the brain. Yamina also worked at the Institute of Molecular Chemistry in France where she developed hyper-sensitive probes for MRIs. Additionally, Yamina has authored several peer-reviewed articles in the fields of organic, medicinal and polymer chemistry research.
In her spare time, Yamina enjoys volunteering for charitable causes, crafting and baking, and enjoying outdoor activities with her husband and daughters.
- Biotechnology + Pharmaceuticals
- Clean Technologies
- Medical Devices + Procedures
- Oil + Gas Services
- Patent Preparation + Prosecution
- Technology, Licensing + IP Transactions
- Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Texas Christian University, 2009
- M. Eng., Chemical Engineering, École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, 2004
- M.Sc., Chemistry of Biomolecules, Université des Sciences et Techniques Montpellier II, 2003
- B.S., Biochemistry/Molecular and Cellular Biology, Université des Sciences et Techniques Montpellier II, 2002
- American Chemical Society
- Sentinel Service Award to Griz for UNICEF, USA, 2012
- Sentinel Kiwanis Lyle R. Heath Community Service Recognition Award Nominee, USA, 2012
- The Outstanding Service to the External Community Award Nominee , The University of Montana, USA, 2012
- Sentinel Service Award Nominee to Griz for UNICEF, The University of Montana, USA, 2011
- Outstanding ASUM Student Group Award to Griz for UNICEF, The University of Montana, USA, 2011
- NIH CounterAct Travel Award (NIH-Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats), USA, 2011
- Graduate Student Teaching Award, Texas Christian University, USA, 2007
- American Chemical Society Student Presentation Award Annual - Meeting-In-Miniature, Dallas- Forth Worth, USA, 2007
- Merit Scholarship, Université des Sciences et Techniques Montpellier II, France, 2002
- Erasmus/Socrates Fellowship, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 2002
Charitable & Civic Involvement
- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- Make-A-Wish Foundation