RinLaures LLC
specializing in biopharma IP

Helping clients achieve their business goals by protecting innovations from concept to commercial product

Li-Hsien (Lily) Rin-Laures, MD



From her former role as general counsel of a publicly held biotechnology company to senior partner and member of the managing Executive Committee of an IP law firm, Harvard and Northwestern University alum Dr Rin-Laures draws on 28+ years of experience to successfully assist clients achieve their intellectual property and business goals. Having managed global intellectual property portfolios for a number of FDA-approved drugs as well as providing comprehensive strategic counseling for a variety of clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, she uses her extensive legal and product knowledge in the field of biopharmaceuticals to counsel clients on patent strategy relating to new pharmaceutical/biotechnology product development, product life cycle management, and the interface with FDA regulations and related exclusivity provisions.  


  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1992
  • M.D., Northwestern Medical School, 1988
  • B.A., chemistry, with honors, Johns Hopkins University, 1984

LMG Life Sciences Hall of Fame and 2014 "Patent Prosecution Pharmaceutical Attorney of the Year"

Other awards and recognition:

  • Shortlisted as "Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year - Midwest", LMG Life Sciences, 2018
  • RinLaures LLC shortlisted as one of four finalists for "Intellectual Property Firm to Watch", LMG Life Sciences, 2017
  • Recognized as a National Law Journal's (NLJ) "Outstanding Women Lawyers", 2015
  • Leading Law Firm Rainmaker in MCCA's Diversity & The Bar, 2012
  • Identified as one of "Women Worth Watching", 2014
  • "Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year - Midwest", LMG Life Sciences, 2016
  • Life Sciences Star as ranked by LMG Life Sciences, 2012-2018
  • IP Star as ranked in Managing IP’s IP Stars Survey 2013-2019
  • World's Leading IP Strategist (IAM 300) and World’s Leading Patent Professionals ranked by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine, 2013-2019
  • Top 250 Women in IP ranked by Managing IP, 2014 and 2016-2019
  • Inducted into Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch" Hall of Fame in 2014
  • Voted an "Illinois Super Lawyer" for a number of years 
  • “Leading Lawyer” as selected by the Chicago Law Bulletin’s Leading Lawyer Network, 2013-2017

Professional Organization Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Women In Bio national organization 2016-2019
  • Board of Directors, PTAB Bar Association, 2019-2022

Client Testimonials

"Lily has been instrumental in helping BioMarin to establish patent portfolios for many of BioMarin’s biologic and small molecule programs.  Because of her deep scientific knowledge and extensive legal experience, Lily has been successful in obtaining issuance of patents that provide value in extending and supporting market exclusivity of many Company products.  . . .  Because of her combined corporate and patent legal background and experience as an Executive In-house Counsel, Lily has the ability to provide a global perspective that incorporates patent strategy with business objectives and corporate goals."

     Luisa Bigornia, Ph.D., Vice President of Intellectual Property, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

"Lily has been a unique partner and colleague in helping our company build its strong patent estate.  She is sharp, thoughtful, creative and very effective.  We would not be where we are if it wasn’t for Lily and her team."

     Carlos Paya, former CEO, Immune Design Corporation

"Lily consistently provides creative counselling tempered with integrity and practicality to achieve optimum outcomes for her clients. A natural communicator, she is responsive, good humoured and able to convey complex strategic and tactical thinking and advice in a manner that makes decision making simple for the client. A first-rate attorney . . .  I wouldn't exchange her for anyone."  

     Phillip Ansell, retired Associate General Patent Counsel at a Forbes Global 2000 company 

Representative work

Prosecuted patents relating to Amgen's ENBREL product, including successfully arguing an appeal within the patent office. 

Advised CRISPR Therapeutics on its intellectual property strategy since its formation.