Angela Foster, PhD, Esq.

About Angela (‘Anji’) Foster

Trained both as a scientist and an attorney, Anji is versed in the legal and scientific aspects of her clients' matters. She has worked with small startup, medium and large companies prosecuting patents and rendering freedom-to-operate, validity and patentability opinions in a broad spectrum of technologies from life sciences to mechanical devices. She has extensive experience evaluating and counseling intellectual property assets for biotech, pharmaceutical, biomedical and diagnostic device industries.    


In addition to her transactional work, Anji routinely litigates various intellectual property and complex commercial matters including complex contract & licensing disputes, patent, trademark and copyright infringements, and Hatch-Waxman litigation in federal court. She has negotiated and defended license agreements for complex commercial, entertainment and intellectual property matters for clients like GlaxoSmithKline and the late Prince.


Certified as a mediator and arbitrator, Anji has resolved and adjudicated over 500 disputes involving patent infringement/validity, licensing, commercial and business disputes, breach of contract and negligence actions, employment discrimination claims, trade secret theft, trademark and copyright infringement disputes. Anji is chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a member of numerous alternative dispute resolution panels including the Commercial and Large Complex Case mediation and arbitration rosters of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the Institute for Conflict Resolution & Prevention (CPR), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrator, and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) panel of mediators and arbitrators.     


In representing her clients, Anji provides multiple perspectives. Before launching her own firm, Anji served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey where she defended the State against civil actions including employment discrimination actions. She also served as a patent attorney for the former intellectual property law firm, Pennie & Edmonds, prosecuting and litigating domestic and international patent matters. Prior to entering the legal field, Anji was a scientist


As adjunct professor for Seton Hall Law School, Anji taught patent law. She frequently publishes articles on intellectual property law and alternative dispute resolution, as well as, appears on various panels. She authored “Waiver of Privilege”, a chapter in the American Arbitration Association Handbook on Arbitration Practice, 2nd Edition. Because of her knowledge in law and science, Anji was invited by the Law Library of Congress to speak on the “Gene Patent Debate”. She was also appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on several committees including the Ad Hoc Committee on Firm Trade Names and the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics. Anji is a Fellow of the American Bar (Association) Foundation.    

Education

J.D. - Rutgers Law School in Newark

Ph.D. - Rutgers University (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

B.A. – Rutgers University (Microbiology)

 

Bar Admissions

New Jersey 

New York

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office 

 

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 

U.S. District Court of New Jersey

U.S. District Court of Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court of Southern District of New York

 

Professional Associations

American Bar Association – Chair, Trial Evidence Committee, Section of Litigation 

New Jersey State Bar Association – Chair, Dispute Resolution Section  

New Jersey State Bar Association – Chair, Editorial Board of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine 

American Bar Association – Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation (2015-2018)

Licensing Executive Society 

Association of University Technology Management 

John Lifland Intellectual Property Law Inn of Court (Barrister)

Association of Federal Bar of New Jersey 

Middlesex County Bar Association - Trustee (2006 – 2011)

Executive Women of New Jersey – Chair, Board Appointments Committee (2008 - 2011)