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Malaika D. Tyson, Ph.D.


Malaika Tyson’s practice focuses on corporate IP and patent protection strategies including competitive IP analysis and portfolio management, IP due diligence, patent and trademark prosecution, and post-grant proceedings.  Malaika also has experience with patent litigation, EPO patent practice 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.

Malaika is the Immediate Past Chair of the Associate Board for the Chicago Committee, an organization dedicated to advancing minority attorneys in large law firms.  She also serves as a co-chair of 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

  • Immediate Past Chair, Associate Board, Chicago Committee
  • Co-Chair, PTAB Biotechnology Subcommittee, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Founding Associate Regional Board Member, Bottom Line Chicago
  • Member, Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Cook County Bar 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