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Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Mary (Kristi) Nicholes

Mary (Kristi) Nicholes



  • Corporate
  • Patents
  • Patent Counseling & Prosecution
  • Life Sciences

WSG Practice Industries


Lowenstein Sandler LLP
New Jersey, U.S.A.


Kristi began her career as a chemical engineer and inventor in the semiconductor industry. Her practice focuses on intellectual property with a specialty in patent law and client counseling related to the pharmaceutical, chemical, and cannabis industries. Kristi has practiced in all areas of patent law (including prosecution, technology transfer and litigation) both in house and in private practice. She is involved in all stages of patent counseling with clients large and small from initial invention conception to marketing and commercialization across a variety of industries. Kristi’s background as a scientist and engineer enables her to practice in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, cannabis, plant genetics, semiconductor equipment, artificial intelligence (including robotics), mining, chemicals and materials.

Kristi manages large patent portfolios for U.S. and international clients. With over 15 years of practice in patent law, she has honed sophisticated legal skills that have proven invaluable to advance prosecution of patent applications. Her expertise is often relied on to handle difficult cases where substantial art is applied and highly technical and legal arguments must be presented. On countless occasions this expertise, together with her ability to communicate and work collaboratively with Examiners, has resulted in allowance of commercially valuable applications.

An innovator herself, Kristi excels in working with inventors to broadly protect inventions and formulating creative IP solutions in complex situations. She also led the firm in establishing a cannabis law working group where she is a member of the leadership team, and pioneered the formation of an artificial intelligence law working group. Kristi has taught several CLEs in the areas of cannabis law and artificial intelligence law examining topics such as ethics, IP protection, privacy, state licensing requirements, state biometric laws, FDA regulations and federal legislation and executive action.

Kristi’s extensive and diverse experience enables her to counsel business owners and innovators alike and her enthusiasm for innovation, science and engineering keeps her at the forefront of emerging areas of technology and law.

Bar Admissions

    New York
    New Jersey
    United States Patent and Trademark Office


Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D. 2008), magna cum laude
University of Washington (B.S. 1999), Chemical Engineering
Areas of Practice

Corporate | Life Sciences | Patent Counseling & Prosecution | Patents | Privacy & Cybersecurity | Seed Stage Investing & Startups | Technology & Media Transactions | The Tech Group | Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets | Venture Capital & Tech M&A

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Speaking Engagements

In-house lawyers in industries far beyond the tech world–such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and consumer electronics, to name only a few–need practical guidance on the many ways that cybersecurity and privacy issues can affect all stages of business, from the valuation of data as an asset to the allocation of risk.

In response to this need, Lowenstein Sandler has expanded our annual program to include an even deeper dive into cybersecurity issues of special interest to GCs, CPOs, and CIOs. Our interdisciplinary group of privacy and data security specialists has teamed with in-house counsel to develop programming aimed to help corporations and executives navigate the potential risks, regulations, and benefits at stake, as well as best practices to address these issues.

Topics include:

  • Data Protection Law Developments: A Year in Review and What to Expect in 2020
  • Artificial Intelligence: Preparing for the Future of Business
  • Cyber Insurance: What It Covers, Why You Need It, and How To Get It
  • Blockchain Promises Solutions Across Industries, But Will it Deliver?
  • Telehealth and Telemedicine: The Future of Health care?
  • Biometric Data: From Finger Scans to Facial Recognition, a Deeper Dive into Artificial Intelligence
  • State Privacy Laws: A Deeper Dive into New and Amended U.S. State Privacy and Cybersecurity Laws

Program time: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. 

Program location: Lowenstein Sandler LLP, One Lowenstein Drive, Roseland, New Jersey 07068; 973.597.2500. 

CLE credit available.

Wi-Fi access and conference space will be available to take phone calls and stay connected to your workday.

Professional Associations

New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Women in IP Law Section

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Patent Pro Bono Certificate - Nicholes


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