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Malaika D. Tyson, Ph.D.


Malaika Tyson’s practice focuses on corporate intellectual property and patent protection strategies. Malaika assists innovative companies in developing integrated approaches to the strategic management of intellectual property by providing competitive intellectual property analysis and portfolio management, intellectual property due diligence, patent and trademark prosecution. Malaika also has experience with post-grant proceedings, patent litigation, EPO patent practice and FDA-patent matters. Malaika represents clients in a variety of areas; particularly in the 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. Before joining McAndrews, she worked at MilliporeSigma (Formally Sigma-Aldrich) Biotechnology as a Senior Research and Development Scientist in the Proteomics group. 

Malaika serves as vice-chair of ABA-IPL Patent Legislation Committee, co-chair of AIPLA’s PTAB Biotechnology Subcommittee, a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Committee, co-chair of Black Women Lawyer Association’s roundtable committee, and founding member and vice-chair of the Emerging Leaders Council of Bottom Line, an organization dedicated to helping low-income, first-generation Chicago high school students get into and achieve success in college. 

Malaika is also well respected in the legal community. In 2016, she was selected as a 40 Under Forty recipient by Law Bulletin Publishing Company and is continually recognized as an Illinois Rising Stars for Intellectual property.

Related Experience

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


  • AIPLA: Biotech IPRS; What have we learned? (August 2017)


  • Is That a Complaint? The Grey Area of 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) (August 2014)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Vice Chair, Patent Legislation, American Bar Association - Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • Co-Chair, PTAB Biotechnology Subcommittee, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Vice-Chair, Founding Emerging Leaders Council, Bottom Line Chicago
  • Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Committee
  • Co-Chair, Roundtable Committee, Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Cook County Bar Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Law Association Of Chicago

Honors and Awards

  • 40 Under Forty – 2016; Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • Illinois Rising Stars – 2017; Illinois Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions / Registrations

  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 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