Darla A. Graff, Ph.D


With a background in biochemistry and two decades of legal experience, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector clients turn to Darla Graff for patent counsel.  Darla has extensive worldwide patent prosecution experience in the areas of molecular biology, pharmaceutical products and methods, chemistry, nanotechnology, biochemistry, plant genetic engineering, fermentation, lipid biology, nutraceuticals, therapeutic methods, and diagnostic methods.  She helps innovative companies protect their discoveries and bring them to market, and can advise on the strategic development of patent portfolios.  In addition, Darla has significant experience representing generic pharmaceutical clients in the preparation of invalidity and non-infringement opinions supporting Paragraph IV certification under the Hatch-Waxman Act.  Other specialties include freedom-to-operate, patentability and patent portfolio analyses. 

    Practice Areas

    • Life Sciences

    • Biotechnology

    • Pharmaceuticals

    • Chemical Arts


    Best Lawyers Intellectual Property Law 2019


    • University of Colorado, J.D., 2000, University of Colorado Law Review, Technical Production Editor
    • University of Colorado Boulder, Ph. D., 1995
    • Purdue University , B.S., Agriculture–Biochemistry, 1989

    Bar Admissions

    • Colorado, 2000 (Reg. No. 32,345)
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2001 (Reg. No. 48,053)