Marilyn McConnell Huston Ph.D.


Marilyn (Lynn) Huston, Ph.D., concentrates her intellectual property practice on patent preparation and prosecution, freedom to operate analysis in the biotechnical arts, patent validity and infringement, and intellectual property rights enforcement.

Lynn is fluent in a spectrum of biomedical technologies ranging from medical devices to gene therapy, monoclonal antibodies, cytokines, cloning, and biologics manufacture, but has also represented clients in diverse technical areas ranging from downhole tools to firefighting equipment.

She has served as in-house business law and patent counsel for one of the country’s largest public university systems and has also served as in-house patent counsel for a publicly traded biotech company. Combined with her experience as a basic research scientist for over a decade at the National Institutes of Health and Baylor College of Medicine, she has amassed significant on-the-ground experience with the legal issues central to both commercial and basic research. 

Lynn has authored sixteen peer reviewed articles in leading industry publications, including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of Immunology, and Journal of Virology and Virology. She is a contributing author of the Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook (BNA; 1st edition, 2000, 2nd Edition, 2005, 3rd Edition, 2010, current 4th Edition, 2015, and intervening annual supplements).



  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association



  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Trinity University, BA
  • University of Houston Law Center, JD
  • Texas A&M University, PHD