Amanda K. Antons, Ph.D. focuses her practice in patent litigation, specifically in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Her graduate training, including work on T cell/HIV interactions, provides her with significant research experience and knowledge in a variety of areas in the biotechnology and the life sciences industries.

Since 2014, Dr. Antons has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Rising Stars® lists, featuring outstanding young attorneys in the state. Additionally, Dr. Antons was designated as an "Emerging Lawyer" in the 2015 and 2016 issues of Emerging Lawyers Magazine, in which individuals are recognized among the top up-and-coming attorneys in Illinois.

Representative Experience

  • Assisted expert witnesses in preparing expert statements regarding their opinions on infringement and validity of patents related to small molecules and DNA sequencing technology.
  • Drafted opposition to motion for summary judgment of non-infringement.
  • Drafted motion for summary judgment of infringement.
  • Deposed an expert witnesses regarding issues of infringement and validity of patents.
  • Assisted in preparing expert and fact witnesses for deposition.
  • Assisted in preparation of demonstrative exhibits for an interference proceeding in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Assisted in claim construction briefing and prepared technology tutorial and Markman hearing presentation materials for ANDA patent litigation in the District of Nevada.
  • Assisted in preparing summary judgment hearing presentation materials for litigation in the Northern District of California.

Dr. Antons specializes in the following areas:

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Virology
  • Cellular biology

Background and Credentials

Dr. Amanda K. Antons earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and is registered to practice with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As a law student, Dr. Antons received the Robert and Clytia Chambers Award in Patent Law and served as a legal writing teaching assistant. She also completed an externship at the Office of the Solicitor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Antons earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Vanderbilt University and defended her thesis titled “Differentiation Pathways of Human Regulatory T Cells and Their Role in HIV Infection.” As a graduate student, her research was supported by a predoctoral training fellowship from the National Institute of Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biochemistry from Iowa State University.


  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.)
    • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Iowa State University (B.S.)
    • Agricultural Biochemistry

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Admitted to practice pro hac vice in various district courts throughout the U.S.

Publications and Presentations

  • Antons AK, Wang R, Kalams S, Unutmaz D, Suppression of HIV-specific and allogeneic T cell activation by human regulatory T cells is dependent on the strength of signals. PLoS One, 3(8): e2959 (2008)
  • Antons AK, Wang R, Oswald-Richter K, Tseng M, Arendt C, Kalams S, Unutmaz D, Naive precursors of human regulatory T cells require FoxP3 for suppression and are susceptible to HIV infection. Journal of Immunology, 180, 764-73 (2008)
  • Sammons MA, Antons AK, Bendjennat M, Udd B, Krahe R, Link AJ, ZNF9 activation of IRES-mediated translation of the human ODC mRNA is decreased in myotonic dystrophy type 2. PLoS One, 5(2):e9301 (2010)
  • Vetter ML, Johnson ME, Antons AK, Unutmaz D, D’Aquila RT, Differences in APOBEC3G expression in CD4+ T helper lymphocyte subtypes modulate HIV-1 infectivity. PLoS Pathogens, 5(2):e1000292 (2009)
  • Sponseller BA, Sparks WO, Wannehuehler Y, Li Y, Antons AK, Oaks JL, Carpenter S, Immune selection of equine infectious anemia virus env variants during the long-term inapparent stage of disease. Virology, 363, 156-65 (2007)

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Community and Professional Involvement

  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Mentor, Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA) Mentorship Program, 2014