Jessica S. Milner

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Covington & Burling LLP
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1405
Tel: +1 212 841 1080
Fax: +646 441 9080




  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Harvard University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Jessica Milner is an associate in the New York office.  In her practice, she evaluates intellectual property issues and provides advice to entrepreneurs, investors, and emerging and established companies on the development and commercialization of technologies in a wide range of industries.  She regularly conducts due diligence assessments and advises on the intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions, corporate financings and other business transactions.  Ms. Milner also maintains a commitment to public service and to strengthening New York City as a center of entrepreneurship.

Ms. Milner is a patent attorney registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Representative Matters

  • Illumina, Inc. in its acquisition of Verinata Health, Inc. for cash consideration of $350 million plus up to $100 million in milestone payments through 2015.
  • Thomson Reuters Corporation in the divestiture of its Healthcare business to affiliates of Veritas Capital for $1.25 billion in cash.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in its all-cash acquisition of Amira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for $325 million upfront and potential additional milestone payments totaling $150 million.
  • National Geographic Society in the sale of its Hampton Brown school publishing business to Cengage Learning, Inc.

Previous Experience

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Student Attorney (2004-2006)

Honors and Rankings

  • New York Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property "Rising Star" (2013, 2014)

Pro Bono

  • Prepared website terms of use and privacy policy for a socially conscious job-search website start-up company.
  • Drafted database system intellectual property assignment and license agreement for a non-profit corporation dedicated to the support and guidance of aging-in-place initiatives.
  • Empire State Counsel Honoree, New York State Bar Association (2008-2014)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Serve on the board of directors of Coalition for Queens, a not-for-profit corporation fostering a tech entrepreneurial ecosystem in the borough of Queens in New York City through education, advocacy, and partnerships.

Publications and Speeches

  • Ms. Milner was the first author and presenter of research posters at annual meetings of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  She also is the second author of an article published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.
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