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Malaika D. Tyson, Ph.D.

Email. mtyson@mcandrews-ip.com
Tel. (312) 775-8000

Hampton University, B.S., Chemistry, 2001
Purdue University, Ph.D., Chemistry, 2005
Washington University Law School, IP and Technology Law Graduate Program, 2006-2007
University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2011

Bar Admissions
Admitted to practice in Illinois.  Member of the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Professional Experience
Dr. Tyson joined McAndrews, Held & Malloy as a law clerk in 2009 and as a full time associate in 2011.  While at the firm, Dr. Tyson has gained experience in litigation and patent prosecution in a variety of areas including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, copyrights and trademarks.

Malaika graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in 2011.  While in law school, Malaika excelled in Intellectual Property courses such as Patent Law, Trademarks & Unfair competition, Copyright, Advanced IP Contracts and IP Litigation. Malaika’s leadership and commitment to community was recognized when the Law School awarded her the prestigious Donald Egan Scholarship which is given to students who have demonstrated interest in the Law School, leadership potential within the larger legal community, an aggressive desire to succeed tempered by integrity and a reputation for toughness, honesty, and fair dealing.  Malaika was also the President of the Black Law Students Association and under her leadership the chapter won its first Midwest BLSA Chapter of the Year award.  

Malaika earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University in 2005.  Her doctoral research focused on the development of lectin chromatography for the identification of O-glycosylated protein in human serum.  In addition to developing a novel affinity method, she also identified changes in expression levels of proteins in diseased serum.

Before joining McAndrews, Dr. Tyson worked at Sigma-Aldrich Biotechnology as a Senior Research and Development Scientist in the Proteomics group.  While there, Malaika developed a variety of glycoprotein related products and helped to establish several high throughput methods for protein analysis.

Malaika currently serves on the Associate Board of Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms.  She is also Secretary of the Associates Committee for the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law.


Herb Hart, Malaika Durham Tyson. Patent Reform and the Future of Pharma Patents, IP Law 360, September 25, 2009.

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