Sardiaa Leney focuses her practice in the areas of biotechnology and biologic drugs, and has experience in patent prosecution, IP due diligence, transactional work, and litigation. She has worked on diverse projects related to discovery, development and commercialization of biologic medicines, and has more than seven years of antibody patenting experience. Sardiaa also has experience in patent prosecution and IP due diligence in the areas of synthetic biology, cell-based therapies, nucleic acid-based therapies, vaccines, gene therapies, stem cells, and diagnostic methods and devices.

Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Sardiaa was a law clerk to the Hon. Timothy S. Hillman, United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts, where she researched and drafted judicial opinions in a wide variety of cases, including patent, trademark, and copyright cases. As a law student, Sardiaa also worked as a judicial intern to the Honorable Richard G. Stearns, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

Sardiaa previously worked as an intellectual property associate and patent agent at MassBiologics, the drug development and commercial manufacturing arm of the University of Massachusetts, providing her with end-to-end experience of both transactional and IP issues relating to biologic drug discovery, development, clinical testing and commercialization from midsize biotech and academic perspectives.

Before shifting her focus to biotechnology, Sardiaa served as a forensic scientist and evidence manager for the United States Department of Defense. She was assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a unique military unit principally tasked with the recovery and identification of missing service members from past conflicts. Her assignments included forensic radiography, resulting in a publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and forensic electron microscopy, including certification in Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis by Lehigh University School of Microscopy. She served as U.S. Representative to the Joint Forensic Review in Hanoi, Vietnam, and negotiated an agreement concerning the repatriation of World War II human remains with the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu. She was certified as a Forensic Laboratory Inspector by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory Accreditation Board.

  • Legal and business matters for MassBiologics, the only FDA-licensed, nonprofit drug manufacturer in the U.S. This work included patentability analyses, freedom-to-operate analyses, and managing the impact of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act and the America Invents Act in an academic-to-commercial translational enterprise.
  • Draft and prosecute patent applications, craft arguments and draft responses to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent office communications. Conduct inventorship analyses, and manage IP-related activities between inventors, patent counsel, university office of technology management, as well as commercial and government partners.
  • Draft and negotiate commercial agreements, such as license agreements, contract drug development and manufacturing agreements, drug distribution agreements, clinical trial agreements, material transfer agreements, and confidentiality agreements related to investigational and commercial development and manufacturing of biologic drugs.
  • Manage information disclosure issues to balance the obligations of academic inventors to publish with the commercial imperative to maintain trade secrets or obtain patent protection.

  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Rhode Island Community Foodbank, Women Ending Hunger
  • Best Note Award, Journal of High Technology Law
  • LPS Distinguished Oral Advocate Award
  • Dean’s List
  • Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition Team
  • National IP Law Meet Team
  • Walter H. McLaughlin Sr. Appellate Advocacy Competition

During her time at the United States Department of Defense, Sardiaa was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and was a two-time recipient of the JPAC Commanding General’s Award for Excellence.




Leney, Sardiaa S., Note, Much Ado About Genes: Untangling the Evolving Law of Subject Matter Eligibility, 16 J. HIGH TECH. L. (May 2016).

Berg, Gregory E., Sabrina C. Ta’ala, Elias J. Kontanis and Sardiaa Plaud, Measuring the Intercondylar Shelf Angle Using Radiographs: Intra- and Inter-observer Error Tests of Reliability, 52 J. FORENSIC SCIENCES 1020, 1020-1024 (2007).

Berg, Gregory E., Sabrina C. Ta’ala, Elias J. Kontanis and Sardiaa S. Plaud, The Curse of the Curvaceous Femur, the Litigious Line, and the Intrepid Observer, in Volume XIII, Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 354, 354-55 (Feb. 2007).

Plaud, Sardiaa S., Presentation of JPAC Casework, Natural Isotopes and Trace Elements in Criminalistics and Environmental Forensics (NITECRIME) Meeting, Sitges, Spain (June 2002).



Sardiaa’s commitment to social justice includes volunteering in programs addressing adult literacy and hunger in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Sardiaa Leney focuses her practice in the areas of biotechnology and biologic drugs, and has experience in patent prosecution, IP due diligence, transactional work, and litigation. She has worked on diverse projects related to discovery, development and commercialization of biologic medicines, and has more than seven years of antibody patenting experience. Sardiaa also has experience in patent prosecution and IP due diligence in the areas of synthetic biology, cell-based therapies, nucleic acid-based therapies, vaccines, gene therapies, stem cells, and diagnostic methods and devices.

Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Sardiaa was a law clerk to the Hon. Timothy S. Hillman, United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts, where she researched and drafted judicial opinions in a wide variety of cases, including patent, trademark, and copyright cases. As a law student, Sardiaa also worked as a judicial intern to the Honorable Richard G. Stearns, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

Sardiaa previously worked as an intellectual property associate and patent agent at MassBiologics, the drug development and commercial manufacturing arm of the University of Massachusetts, providing her with end-to-end experience of both transactional and IP issues relating to biologic drug discovery, development, clinical testing and commercialization from midsize biotech and academic perspectives.

Before shifting her focus to biotechnology, Sardiaa served as a forensic scientist and evidence manager for the United States Department of Defense. She was assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a unique military unit principally tasked with the recovery and identification of missing service members from past conflicts. Her assignments included forensic radiography, resulting in a publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and forensic electron microscopy, including certification in Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis by Lehigh University School of Microscopy. She served as U.S. Representative to the Joint Forensic Review in Hanoi, Vietnam, and negotiated an agreement concerning the repatriation of World War II human remains with the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu. She was certified as a Forensic Laboratory Inspector by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory Accreditation Board.

  • Legal and business matters for MassBiologics, the only FDA-licensed, nonprofit drug manufacturer in the U.S. This work included patentability analyses, freedom-to-operate analyses, and managing the impact of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act and the America Invents Act in an academic-to-commercial translational enterprise.
  • Draft and prosecute patent applications, craft arguments and draft responses to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent office communications. Conduct inventorship analyses, and manage IP-related activities between inventors, patent counsel, university office of technology management, as well as commercial and government partners.
  • Draft and negotiate commercial agreements, such as license agreements, contract drug development and manufacturing agreements, drug distribution agreements, clinical trial agreements, material transfer agreements, and confidentiality agreements related to investigational and commercial development and manufacturing of biologic drugs.
  • Manage information disclosure issues to balance the obligations of academic inventors to publish with the commercial imperative to maintain trade secrets or obtain patent protection.

  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Rhode Island Community Foodbank, Women Ending Hunger
  • Best Note Award, Journal of High Technology Law
  • LPS Distinguished Oral Advocate Award
  • Dean’s List
  • Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition Team
  • National IP Law Meet Team
  • Walter H. McLaughlin Sr. Appellate Advocacy Competition

During her time at the United States Department of Defense, Sardiaa was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and was a two-time recipient of the JPAC Commanding General’s Award for Excellence.


Leney, Sardiaa S., Note, Much Ado About Genes: Untangling the Evolving Law of Subject Matter Eligibility, 16 J. HIGH TECH. L. (May 2016).

Berg, Gregory E., Sabrina C. Ta’ala, Elias J. Kontanis and Sardiaa Plaud, Measuring the Intercondylar Shelf Angle Using Radiographs: Intra- and Inter-observer Error Tests of Reliability, 52 J. FORENSIC SCIENCES 1020, 1020-1024 (2007).

Berg, Gregory E., Sabrina C. Ta’ala, Elias J. Kontanis and Sardiaa S. Plaud, The Curse of the Curvaceous Femur, the Litigious Line, and the Intrepid Observer, in Volume XIII, Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 354, 354-55 (Feb. 2007).

Plaud, Sardiaa S., Presentation of JPAC Casework, Natural Isotopes and Trace Elements in Criminalistics and Environmental Forensics (NITECRIME) Meeting, Sitges, Spain (June 2002).




Sardiaa’s commitment to social justice includes volunteering in programs addressing adult literacy and hunger in Providence, Rhode Island.