maximilienne giannelli, PhD

Maximilienne Giannelli, PhD
McNeill Baur PLLC
3111 Camino Del Rio North
Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92108

Strategic intellectual property counseling

Maximilienne (“Max”) Giannelli focuses her practice on advising clients on intellectual property issues in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological areas.

Max has nearly 20 years of experience assisting clients with due diligence investigations and patenting strategy and has provided numerous opinions on issues-related patent validity/invalidity and infringement/non-infringement. She has litigated high-stakes intellectual property matters before US district courts and the US International Trade Commission and argued on behalf of a patent owner at the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board and US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She also has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications. 

Prior to joining McNeill Baur PLLC, Max was an attorney at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. She was also a law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Select Publications

“5 Key Takeaways from Texas Appraisal Trade Secret Saga,” Law360, July 24, 2020 (coauthor).

“Everything’s Bigger in Texas: The HouseCanary Trade Secret Saga,” The Licensing Journal, June 2019 (coauthor).

“Shedding Light on Inter Partes Review Proceedings in the Solar Industry,” Bloomberg Law, February 11, 2019 (coauthor).

“Puzzling Out the Patent-Eligibility of Natural Products,” Natural Products Insider, November 9, 2018 (coauthor).

“Practice Tips for the Trade Secret Holder: Preparing a Complaint under the Defend Trade Secrets Act,” Inside Counsel, June 14, 2017 (coauthor).

“The Dangers of Consent Orders at the U.S. International Trade Commission,” Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property, March 2, 2016 (coauthor). 

“Asserting Method Patents at the ITC After Suprema—Same As It Ever Was?,” IP Litigator November/December 2015 (coauthor).

“The Rise of Chemical Practice at the ITC: 10 Considerations,” Law360, June 12, 2014 (coauthor).

“Injunctions in the Post-Apple World,” Intellectual Asset Management, July/August 2013 (coauthor).




District of Columbia


US Patent and Trademark Office 

US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit



University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

JD, summa cum laude, Order of Coif, Perry Rogers Scholarship (full scholarship), 2005


Rice University

PhD, Chemistry, 2001


Harvey Mudd College

BS, Chemistry, 1997


Judicial Clerkships

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Select Speaking Engagements

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, Valuing Your Intellectual Property, November 7, 2019.


Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP-hosted webinar, Trade Secrets in the Pharmaceutical Industry, October 29, 2019.


Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, Fuel Cell Commercialization: Patent Law Insights, November 9, 2017.


American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Annual Meeting, Whether to Pursue Enforcement of Soteria Bioscience’s Patent Before the ITC, October 22-24, 2015.