Jeffrey D. Klenc, Ph.D.

Patent Agent
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3800
Atlanta, GA 30303
D: 404.954.5062
Contact My Assistant
Kathrine B. Dean
D: 404.954.5076


Georgia State University
J.D. In Progress

Georgia State University
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, 2010

Georgia Southern University
B.S. Chemistry, 2006

Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2015

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Awards & Recognition

2012 Mitzi & William Blahd, MD Pilot Research Grant

Publications & Speaking

Big Changes in International IP Laws: Business Methods and Computer Programs in China and Copyright Protection for Digital Technologies in Europe, Author, Amercian Bar Association, June 2018.

Klenc, J; Lipowska, M; Abhayawardhana, P; Taylor, AT; Marzilli LG. Structure and Properties of fac-ReI(CO)3(NTA)2- (NTA3- = Tri-anion of Nitrilotriacetic Acid) and  fac-ReI(CO)3(L)n- Analogs Useful for Assessing the Excellent Renal Clearance of the fac- 99mTcI(CO)3(NTA)2- Diagnostic Renal Agent. Inorg. Chem. In revision.

Klenc, J; Lipowska, M; Taylor AT. Identification of lead compounds for 99mTc and 18F GPR91 radiotracers. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. In press.

Lipowska M, Klenc J, Folks R, Taylor AT. Initial evaluation of 99mTc(CO)3(ASMA) as a renal tracer in healthy human volunteers. Nucl. Med. Mol. Imaging. 2014, 48(3): 216-224.

Lipowska M, Klenc J, Shetty D, Nye JA, Shim H, Taylor AT. Al18F-NODA-butyric acid: biological evaluation of a new PET renal tracer. Nucl. Med. Biol. 2014, 41(3): 248-253.

Klenc J, Lipowska M, Marzilli LG, Taylor AT.  Synthesis and characterization of fac-Re(CO)3-aspartic-N-monoacetic Acid: Structural Analogue of a Potential Renal tracer, fac-99mTc(CO)3(ASMA).  Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2012, 27: 4334-4341.

Klenc J, Strekowski L.  Synthesis of piperzino-substituted benzo[b]furans as potential CNS agents. Het. Comm. 2010, 16(4-6): 249-252.

Jeff is a member of Merchant & Gould's chemical and life sciences law practice group in Atlanta. He primarily practices patent prosecution with specialization in chemical, pharmaceutical, and polymer areas.

After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010, Jeff began working toward a faculty position in the Department of Radiology at Emory University School of Medicine. His projects there focused on the development of radiotracers as diagnostic agents for renal function and their translation to clinical research. This work led to Phase 0 clinical trials, and also to a recent patent application. Jeff's interactions with the Office of Technology Transfer at Emory during these projects led him to pursue an internship there, which is where his interest in patent law really took hold. From there, he prepared for the transition from academic research and is excited to start an intellectual property career with Merchant & Gould.

Nearly a decade of experience in pharmaceutical development spanning his time as a graduate student, research chemist, and inventor has given Jeff a strong background in basic chemistry and its applications. Now, as a Technical Advisor, he is eager to apply his knowledge to protect the intellectual property of the firm's clients.