Dr. Rebecca Hammond focuses her practice on intellectual property law with a concentration in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as legal opinions covering validity, infringement, freedom to operate and patentability.  Dr. Hammond’s technical experience includes chemistry, biotechnology and related fields.

Dr. Rebecca Hammond focuses her practice on intellectual property law with a concentration in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as legal opinions covering validity, infringement, freedom to operate and patentability.  Dr. Hammond’s technical experience includes chemistry, biotechnology and related fields.

Dr. Hammond previously worked in two tech transfer offices, where she prepared preliminary patentability assessments for a variety of technologies, including plants, medical devices and biofuels, among others.

She obtained her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, where her doctorate research focused on the effects of estrogens on cognition, and specifically the characterization of GPR30, a membrane-bound G-protein coupled receptor that mediates estrogen effects on neurons.  Dr. Hammond obtained two grants from the National Institutes of Health to fund this work and was the recipient of Pitt's School of Pharmacy Graduate Student Excellence Award. In addition, she trained and oversaw a team of undergraduate students, pharmD students, a tech transfer intern and other graduate students while conducting research in the lab.

Dr. Hammond is also proficient in Spanish and French, which allows her to efficiently assist multi-national clients.  She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. She is not licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Dr. Hammond received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a staff editor for the Journal of Technology, Law and Policy.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in biochemistry from NC State.