Marjorie Gurganus, Ph.D.

Attorney at Law
Raleigh, NC / Washington, DC
888-860-5678 x712 (telephone)
888-706-1173 (fax)
Dr. Marjorie Gurganus joined Mei & Mark LLP in October 2010 and has been practicing patent law since 2005. A registered patent attorney, Dr. Gurganus focuses her practice on biotechnology patent prosecution, drafting patent applications, amendments, responses, appeals, and reexaminations in United States and foreign cases. She works directly with inventors, foreign patent agents, and general counsel to evaluate patentability and infringement issues. She searches and evaluates scientific and patent literature and also advises inventors regarding further experiments needed for proof of efficacy.
Dr. Gurganus has drafted and prosecuted patent applications covering a wide array of Biotechnology and other subjects, ranging from thrombosis, epilepsy, and longevity drugs, to DNA vaccines for cancer and HIV, monoclonal antibodies, metabolism bioinformatics systems, medical research systems, genetic markers and expression cassettes, transgenic plants, therapeutic microspheres, spider silk proteins, methods of cutting stone, and processes for converting biomass to energy.
Prior to joining Mei & Mark LLP, Dr. Gurganus practiced patent prosecution and litigation with large and boutique law firms in the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.
While in law school, Dr. Gurganus worked with the Duke AIDS Legal Project where she represented indigent clients with preparation of wills and end of life documents, and child custody. Subsequent to law school, she worked at the Genome, Ethics, Law and Policy Center at Duke University Law School, researching the technological, policy and intellectual property histories of seminal genomic inventions.
Prior to law school, Dr. Gurganus accomplished over twelve years of empirical research at academic and government institutions. For her doctorate degree, Dr. Gurganus collected and analyzed mechano-receptor data on Drosophila selection and recombinant inbred lines she created. She then mapped genes affected by environment, identifying nervous system genes that interacted with temperature. She conducted post-doctoral studies in Genetics on Arabidopsis at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology in Germany, on C. elegans at the University of Texas-Arlington, and on Drosophila at North Carolina State University. She was also a Lecturer in Biology and Genetics at Texas Wesleyan University and the University of Texas-Arlington.
Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Gurganus worked for three major agricultural, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical corporations on subjects ranging from pesticide formulation, to expression of transgenic proteins, and HIV and Epstein Barr virus detection kits.
Select Publications
Gurganus, M., and T. Mitchell-Olds, 2004 Quantitative Trait Loci and Developmental Plasticity in Plant Evolutionary Genetics and the Biology of Weeds, Schaal, B.A., T.Y. Chiang, and C.H. Chou. (eds.) pp. 77-100. Endemic Species Research Institute, Ch-Chi, Taiwan.
Norga, K., Gurganus, M. C., et. al., 2003 Quantitative analysis of bristle number in Drosophila mutants identifies genes involved in neural development. Current Biology 13:16: 1388-1397.
Gurganus, M. C. et. al,.1999 High-resolution mapping of quantitative trait loci for sternopleural bristle number in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics 152: 1585-1604.
Gurganus, M. C. et. al., 1998 Genotype-environment interaction at quantitative trait loci affecting sensory bristle number in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics 149: 1883-1898.
Gurganus, M. C., 1997 Quantitative Trait Loci for Sensory Bristles in Drosophila melanogaster. PhD Thesis, NCSU, Raleigh, NC, USA.
J.D., Duke University
Ph.D., Genetics, North Carolina State University
B.S., Entomology, Cornell University
Bar Admissions
North Carolina, District of Columbia, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
North Carolina, Wake County, District of Columbia, and American Bar Associations; American Intellectual Property Law Association; and Durham and Orange County, NC Women Attorneys.
Professional Affiliations
Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (2002-2007)
AARP Volunteer Income Tax Preparer (2008-present)
Wills for Heroes (2005-2006)
Arlington, Texas Conservation Council, Board Member (2000)
Animal Rescue Transport Volunteer (2000-present)
Piedmont, NC Wildlife Center (2004-2005)