Kimberlynn B. Davis, Ph.D.
She | Her | Hers

1100 Peachtree Street NE Suite 2800, Atlanta, GA USA 30309


Kim Davis focuses her practice on prosecuting foreign and domestic patent applications in pharmaceuticals, polymers, the chemical arts, materials, and metallurgy, due diligence and freedom to operate analysis, and client counseling and portfolio strategy for companies, universities and research institutions. Dr. Davis provides litigation support in an array of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, polymers, drug and chemical formulations, and drug delivery systems. In particular, she has extensive experience in preparing non-infringement and invalidity opinions and in performing freedom-to-operate analyses and due diligence for pharmaceutical and chemical clients. Dr. Davis also represents clients in post grant proceedings in the U.S. and European patent offices.

With a background in organic and medicinal chemistry, Dr. Davis has pursued a career supporting life science innovators in all of their patent needs, including strategic patent counseling, portfolio development, and prosecution services.

While attending graduate school, she designed and synthesized nucleoside analogues as HIV-1 reverse transcriptase inhibitors and also focused on developing methodology to improve the regioselectivity of nucleoside base couplings under advisor Dr. Dennis Liotta. Dr. Davis also served as an intern in the Emory University Office of Technology Transfer, where she assessed the marketability and patentability of technologies. While attending Xavier University of Louisiana, Dr. Davis worked as a summer intern in medicinal chemistry at Eli Lilly and Company.

Dr. Davis has co-authored scientific and legal journal manuscripts and presented at several scientific meetings. Dr. Davis was the recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship Award for Minority Students, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, and the GlaxoSmithKline/NOBCChE Lendon Pridgen Fellowship.

During law school, Dr. Davis received the GSU College of Law Intellectual Property Scholarship and served as a graduate research assistant for the GSU Intellectual Property Advisory Board.

Dr. Davis was recognized in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2024 as a Georgia "Rising Star" in the area of Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine. She was recognized in 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for Patent Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Dr. Davis was recognized as a top patent practitioner in 2023 and 2024 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. In 2023, she was honored as one of Lawyer of Color’s “Wonderful Women” in its inaugural list, which recognizes dynamic women attorneys working in law firms, companies, and government agencies across the U.S. who show promise in their careers and demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. Dr. Davis was named a “40 Under 40” recipient in 2022 by Georgia Trend magazine. She was recognized as one of The Atlanta Business Chronicle's “40 Under 40” in its 2022 class. Dr. Davis is a recipient of the National Bar Association’s “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” Award in 2021 and was named a 2021 Georgia Legal Award honoree as an attorney “On the Rise” by The Daily Report. She was named to Georgia State University's “40 Under 40 Class” in 2023. Dr. Davis was also named a “40 Under 40 Leader” by Emory University Alumni Association in 2020. She has also served as the co-chair of KT Voice, Kilpatrick's resource group focused on promoting the interests of Black attorneys.


Georgia State University, College of Law J.D. (2013) magna cum laude

Emory University Ph.D. (2008) Organic Chemistry

Xavier University of Louisiana B.S. (2004) Biochemistry, summa cum laude


Georgia (2014)

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2009)

Professional & Community Activities

Atlanta Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, Advisory Committee (2015-2016)

American Chemical Society, Member

Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Member (2015-2018)

Fayette County Education Foundation, Board Member (2023)

Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Member

Georgia State University College of Law, Intellectual Property Advisory Board Member (2014-2016)

Jumpstart Atlanta, Advisory Board, Previous Board Chair (2016-2022)

Jumpstart, National Board of Directors, Member (2018-2022)

Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2025

MEMO|Medicine & Molecules, The Kilpatrick Biopharma Industry Blog, Co-Editor-in-Chief (2021-2022)

National Bar Association, Member

Superintendent's Advisory Council, Fayette County, Member (2019-2023)

Sidebars Podcast, the Kilpatrick Townsend Limited Podcast Series on Women in the Patent Bar, Co-host, Inaugural Season

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