Practice Areas



  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 2010
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2006
  • District of Columbia, 2005
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 2004
  • State of New Jersey, 2004


University of New Hampshire School of Law, (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Center),  J.D., 2003

University of New Hampshire School of Law, (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Center), Masters in Intellectual Property, 2003

Tulane University, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2000

Teaching Positions

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Center), Concord, NH 2002-2003 IP Moot Court Teaching Assistant
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Center), Concord, NH 2002 Introduction to Intellectual Property Teaching Assistant
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Jenae C. Gureff

Partner in Charge of the Washington, D.C. Office
Washington, D.C.
703.236.4500, ext. 4107

Jenae Gureff is the Partner-in-Charge of Cantor Colburn’s Washington, DC office.  Jenae counsels a wide range of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, on strategically securing and enforcing intellectual property rights in the U.S. and abroad.  Her passion for intellectual property law is backed by solid experience, in-depth technical knowledge, and stellar communication skills.  Jenae is known among international counsel for her reliable strategy and insights into IP protection and advancement for clients to commercialize their innovations.

Jenae’s multidimensional practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications related to medical devices and mechanical technologies, serving international and domestic companies.  Jenae is innovative and experienced in her approach to preparing and prosecuting utility and design patent applications in the mechanical and biomedical arts, particularly medical devices and prosthetics, surgical methods and techniques, eyewear, robotic surgical systems, door technology systems, remote control devices, image detection units, aircraft systems, and agricultural delivery devices. Jenae also handles opinion work related to the foregoing technologies.  She is dedicated to working with clients to maximize their intellectual property assets.

Jenae has an extensive design patent practice and is one of the firm’s go-to resources for design patent matters.  Jenae works with her clients to expedite design patent examination to obtain design patent protection on their most valuable assets.  She has been a featured speaker at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Design Day and at American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) conferences. 

Jenae is a thought leader and collaborates with international law firms to coordinate strategies for protecting utility and design rights for corporate clients.  Jenae strategizes with her clients to focus on business-driven results to obtain valuable utility and design patent protection. 

Jenae’s leadership at Cantor Colburn includes her current role as Partner-in-Charge of the Washington DC office.  She is the first woman to serve in this capacity.  Jenae also Chairs the firm’s Business Development Committee, leading colleagues with business practices and encouraging attorneys on client development and advancement.

Jenae’s leadership beyond the firm includes serving for seven years as the Chair and Vice Chair of two AIPLA Committees.  Jenae recently completed her two year term as Chair of the Membership Committee.  For five years prior to that, Jenae was the Chair and Vice Chair of the Mentoring Committee.  While Chair of the Membership Committee, Jenae hosted the Inaugural Speed Networking Event that aims to connect seasoned professionals with new members for mentoring and networking purposes.  Jenae is also an active member of the AIPLA Women in IP Committee, the Industrial Design Committee, and the Professional Programs Committee.  Jenae is currently serving on a Task Force with AIPLA Past Presidents and current leadership.  

Jenae currently serves on the Steering Committee of The Women in IP Network (WIN) DC Chapter, which focuses on a positive, personal, professional network, changing IP law for the better.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of her alma mater by offering expertise, support, and guidance in key areas of leadership.

Beyond IP, Jenae is an avid and accomplished marathon runner.  She is the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon Masters Female Champion and a 2023 Marine Corps Marathon Age Group Champion.  Jenae has completed 27 marathons, including 10 Boston Marathon finishes.

Experience Highlights

Partner in Charge of the D.C. Office, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2019-present

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2018-2019

Counsel, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2016-2017

Associate, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2011-2015

Associate, Roylance, Abrams, Berdo & Goodman LLP, Washington, DC, 2005-2011

Attorney, Pepper Hamilton LLP,  Philadelphia, PA, 2004-2005

Associate, RatnerPrestia PC, Valley Forge, PA, 2003-2004



Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

  • Chair, Membership Committee, 2021-2023
  • Chair, Mentoring Committee, 2017-2020
  • Vice Chair, Mentoring Committee, 2015-2017

Biomedical Engineering Society

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

Women in IP Network (WIN), DC Chapter