Jacob A. Doughty

Jacob A. Doughty is a patent attorney and founding partner of Element IP. Prior to opening Element IP, Jacob was a partner at Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP. During his time at Oblon, Jacob served on the firm’s management committee and as a leader of the firm’s chemical practice group and Tokyo office.

Jacob’s practice includes all areas of US patent law with an emphasis on patent prosecution and management, client counseling, opinion work, and due diligence in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology sectors.

Jacob also has significant experience in post-grant proceedings before the USPTO and litigation, including arguing on behalf of his clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO and US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He frequently counsels clients with respect to patent term extension under the Hatch-Waxman Act and has filed numerous patent term extension applications. Jacob has also testified on behalf of his clients in district court litigation on multiple occasions.

Jacob frequently lectures clients and other professionals in all areas of US patent law. The breadth of Jacob’s expertise has allowed him to advise clients in a wide range of industries, including polymers, catalysts, glass, metals/alloys, fibers/textiles, oil/natural gas products, cosmetics, food/beverages, semiconductors, electronic materials, specialty/fine chemicals, packaging/films, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, dyes/pigments, agrichemicals, and coatings.

Jacob has expansive expertise in the business of patent prosecution before the USPTO. This knowledge was developed from extensive experience in many roles, including practitioner, litigator, and manager of the professionals, staff, procedures, technology, and budget of a large patent prosecution practice. Jacob strives to utilize his expertise to provide the clients of Element IP with first-rate legal service at a competitive price point.



  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • B.A., Florida State University, English Literature (minor in Chemistry)


  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit