Malaika D. Tyson Ph.D., Partner


Malaika Tyson is a Partner at McAndrews whose 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 patent and trademark prosecution, competitive intellectual property analysis and portfolio management, and intellectual property due diligence. Malaika also has experience with post-grant proceedings, patent litigation, and EPO patent opposition practice. She 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, where she was responsible for the development and optimization of products and strategies for biopharmaceutical applications.

Malaika serves as chair of the ABA-IPL Patent Legislation Committee, is co-chair of AIPLA’s USPTO Relations Subcommittee, a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Committee, a member of The Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago and The National Bar Association, and founding member 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 regularly recognized as an Illinois Rising Star for Intellectual property law.


  • 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


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