Jennifer Burnette advises clients that innovate in material and polymer sciences, chemistry/chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology, and mechanical products. Ms. Burnette has experience in strategic patent portfolio management and counseling, foreign and domestic prosecution of patent applications, inter partes post grant proceedings, and counseling clients on invalidity, non-infringement, and freedom to practice matters. She uses her interdisciplinary training in material science to quickly establish in-depth understanding of technologies and invest in understanding a client’s business needs and objectives to counsel clients on how to maximize the value of their patent portfolio. Clients gain an advocate who works intensively and with dedication to their interests.

Ms. Burnette was selected for inclusion in the 2013-2016 Illinois Rising Stars® lists, featuring outstanding young attorneys in the state.

Representative Experience

  • Advised client investigating hydrophobic coating technologies with respect to patent filing strategies and third party patent landscape

Ms. Burnette has capably prosecuted patents for clients in a wide variety of technologies, including:

  • Pharmaceutical and formulation technologies
  • Semiconductor fabrication
  • Nanoscale patterning including nanolithography
  • Battery technologies
  • Hydrogen storage technologies
  • Analytical sensor systems
  • Electroplating technologies
  • Coatings, such as conformal coatings, water-repellent fabric coatings, and hydrophobic surface coating
  • Ink compositions and correction fluids
  • Personal care products

Background and Credentials

Ms. Burnette earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, where she was Editor in Chief of The Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology.

She gained her interdisciplinary technical training while earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Material Science & Engineering and in Engineering Science & Applied Mathematics in 2004 from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern University, Ms. Burnette was involved in the research and development of an oxidation resistant niobium superalloy. She was also involved in the research and development of a method for biosynthesis of molecular building blocks for nanoscale patterning and self-assembly. She also participated in an internship program involving the development of a novel liposome drug delivery system with applications as chemotherapy drug delivery units. Additional research covered the synthesis of iron oxide magnetic particles for use with drug delivery systems.


  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Northwestern University (B.S.)
    • Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics
  • Northwestern University (B.S.)
    • Material Science and Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Women’s Board of the Adler Planetarium