Panelist Profile


Michele Wales

InHouse Patent Counsel, Principle and Founder of InHouse Patent Counsel (US)


The founder of InHouse Patent Counsel, Michele focuses on providing exceptional biotech legal advice on flexible and affordable financial terms viewed favorably by start-ups and emerging biotech clients. Before starting her firm, Michele was the head of Litigation and Intellectual Property at Human Genome Sciences where she worked for over fifteen years. Under her direction, HGS’ IP portfolio was repeatedly recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Top 10 Biotech Portfolios” and covered over 10,000 human genes, proteins and antibodies.  She also successfully managed the team that established the Utility Standard for gene-based patents at the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court and European Patent Office.  The International Law Office nominated her team in 2012 as “In-House Litigation Team of the Year.”  Michele received her J.D. from George Washington National Law Center, her Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins Medical School and is an inventor on multiple patents.