Scott Marty PhD

Scott D. Marty, Ph.D.


Scott D. Marty is Co-Leader of the firm's Life Sciences Industry Group, Leader of the Patent Group's biotechnology team, and a member of the pharmaceutical team. His practice focuses on various aspects of biotechnology patent prosecution, diligence and patent litigation, including Post-Grant Proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Scott’s clients run the gamut from multinational Fortune 500 companies to emerging growth start-ups. Regardless of size, clients benefit from his experience in navigating all areas of drug discovery through development, including product launch. In the start-up space, he provides strategic patent counseling to life sciences companies, guiding them through every stage of a product's life cycle.


Representative Matters

Patent Prosecution and Counseling

  • Serves as primary diligence and opinion counsel for several biotech companies and investment firms
  • Serves as primary/lead patent prosecution counsel to multiple major international, nonprofit research institutions, supporting the biotechnological and biomaterials programs
  • Serves as patent prosecution and trademark counsel, conduct diligence and freedom to operate analysis, and serve as litigation counsel for a global provider of sample and assay technologies for molecular diagnostics, applied testing, and academic and pharmaceutical research
  • Supports the technology transfer offices of several of the nation's top research universities and serve as preferred patent prosecution and corporate counsel for biotech, chemical, medical device, and pharmaceutical innovations as well as their spin-out companies
  • Serves as patent prosecution and diligence counsel for a major biopharmaceutical company to help protect and develop an intellectual property strategy for the world's most comprehensive genetics database

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

State Bar of Georgia

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Association of University Technology Managers

Licensing Executive Society

Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Department Recruiting Committee, Co-Chair

Recognition & Accomplishments

LMG Life Sciences Awards – "Patent Strategy Attorney of the Year," 2022; "Patent Strategy Attorney of the Year - South," Shortlist, 2023; Life Sciences Star - Patent Prosecution, Patent Strategy & Management, 2022, 2023

Managing Intellectual Property, "Patent Star," 2022-2024

USPTO, Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate, 2022

IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, patent prosecution, 2014-2015, 2019-2024

Speaking Engagements

"Business as (Un)usual: Conducting the Business of Intellectual Property in a Pandemic," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 30, 2020

Moderator, "Diagnostics," 2020 Translational Medicine Symposium, University of Utah, February 27, 2020

"It's the Real Deal! An Update of the Effects and Compliance with the May 2018 Amendments to Bayh-Dole," Ballard Spahr webinar, October 30, 2018

Board Memberships & Community Service

Scott serves as a student mentor for the Georgia State University College of Law Mentor Program and participates in coaching the Georgia State University Moot Court teams.


Co-author, "How to Prove it to the PTAB," Managing Intellectual Property, January 26, 2016 

Co-author, "Inter Partes Review: It's No Party for University Patent Owners," BioTechnology Law Report, April 2014

Co-author, "Biopatent Law: European vs. U.S. Patent Law," SpringerBriefs in Biotech Patents (2014)



Georgia State University College of Law (J.D. 2004)

Medical College of Georgia (Ph.D., biochemistry and molecular biology, 2001)

State University of West Georgia (B.A., biology, 1996)



U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office