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Malaika D. Tyson


Malaika Tyson’s practice focuses on patent protection strategies including opinion work, IP due diligence, and PTAB proceedings.  Malaika also has experience with patent litigation and FDA-patent matters.  Malaika represents clients in a variety of areas; particularly in the consumer goods, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Malaika received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry (Analytical) from Purdue University. Prior to joining McAndrews she worked at Sigma-Aldrich Biotechnology as a Senior Research and Development Scientist in the Proteomics group.

Currently, Malaika serves as the Vice-Chair of the Associate Board for the Chicago Committee, an organization dedicated to advancing minority attorneys in large law firms.  In November 2014 she will take on the role of Chair of the Associate Board. She also serves as a member of the Associate Steering Committee for the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law and is actively involved in AIPLA’s PTAB Biotechnology subcommittee.

Related Experience

  • Senior Research and Development Scientist at Sigma-Aldrich Biotechnology, Proteomics Group


  • Patent Reform and the Future of Pharma Patents, IP Law 360 (September 25, 2009)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Vice-Chair of the Associate Board, Chicago Committee
  • Member of the Associate Steering Committee, The Coalition for Women’s Initiatives in Law
  • Member, Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Cook County Bar Association
  • PTAB Biotechnology Subcommittee, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member of Intellectual Property Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Law Association Of Chicago

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions / Registrations

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


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • Washington University Law School, IP and Technology Law Graduate Program
  • Purdue University, Ph.D., Chemistry
  • Hampton University, B.S., Chemistry