Annette K. Kwok

Kwok Annette
Annette Kwok is a member of Venable's Patent Prosecution and Counseling Group. She counsels domestic and international clients on a variety of patent procurement and enforcement issues, as well as intellectual property strategy and licensing issues. As a registered Patent Attorney, Annette is experienced in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, and business methods. She also has experience in preparing validity, infringement, freedom-to-operate, and patentability opinions.

Prior to law school, Annette was a synthetic organic chemist with Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute in the neurosciences group. She is a named inventor of several small-molecule pharmaceutical patents. In connection with her scientific research, Annette has published several articles relating to histamine H4 antagonists, histamine H3 antagonists, and human rhinovirus 3C protease inhibitors. View Annette’s full list of publications. Annette also attended a post-graduate program at the University of California, San Diego, on drug discovery and development, with a focus on computer-aided drug design.






  • J.D. University of New Hampshire School of Law 2005
  • B.S. Chemistry University of California at Irvine 1999

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin


  • Recipient of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility's Jeanne P. Gray Diversity Scholarship, 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition, 2015 - 2016
  • Named to Lawyers of Color's Second Annual Hot List, 2014


Personal Activities

Since 2010, Annette has served on various board positions of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, DC Area, including treasurer (2010-2012), president-elect (2012-2013), and president (2013-2014). She also served as the southeast regional governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association from 2015 to 2017. Annette is also a member of the DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, where she serves on the IOLTA subcommittee. She also is a graduate of the District of Columbia Bar’s inaugural Leadership Academy. In addition, Annette is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Society, the American Bar Association, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Annette is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.