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PhD Career Stories: Patent Law

Posted by on Friday, February 2, 2024 in Announcements .

Join us to hear from Drs. Chaloner and Ogden as they share their career journeys to roles in patent law.

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Aaron S. Chaloner, J.D., Ph.D. 

Aaron Chaloner is an associate in Baker Donelson’s Nashville office. Dr. Chaloner focuses his practice on intellectual property law. His specific focus includes patent prosecution for life science and biotechnology. He received his J.D from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Dr. Chaloner completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. During his graduate studies, Dr. Chaloner obtained funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to support his research into the effects of early life trauma and adversity on the development of heightened pain perception and increased stress responsivity. Dr. Chaloner’s technical skills include physiology, neuroscience, epigenetics, neuroendocrine signaling, behavioral sciences, whole animal studies and surgical procedures, and biochemistry. Dr. Chaloner is the author of multiple publications and has presented his research at national and international scientific meetings.


Seth Ogden, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Seth Ogden received his  Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in Cancer Biology, and went on to obtain his J.D. from American University Washington College of Lawfocuses. Dr. Ogden focuses his practice on patent litigation and the protection of clients’ trade secrets.  He has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, and chemical technology industries. His scientific background and years of experience in the laboratory give him a unique insight when working with clients in these industries.

Seth litigates intellectual property cases throughout the country, in inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and in Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission and has argued before the Federal Circuit. He is also experienced in pre-trial discovery work, claim analysis, and motions practice. Outside of litigation, Seth has proficiency in developing trade secret protection plans for clients ranging from industrial manufacturers to data analytics firms.

Seth also maintains a robust veterans’ benefits pro bono practice assisting veterans with disability claims. He has pursued veterans’ claims to the Board of Veterans Appeals and the Court of Veterans Claims. Seth has been honored with an Attorney for Justice Award for several years by the Tennessee Supreme Court, most recently in 2020, for his pro bono work with veterans.

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