Salvatore J. Arrigo, Ph.D., J.D.

The Law Office of Salvatore Arrigo was established in 2007 by Dr. Arrigo, and is now Arrigo, Lee, Guttman & Mouta-Bellum, LLP. Dr. Arrigo previously worked for over 10 years with the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. Prior to his career in patent law, he held an associate faculty position at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, investigating the regulation gene expression of the AIDS virus and molecular approaches to controlling the virus. He also performed post-doctoral work on the AIDS virus at the UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Arrigo has 15 years of scientific experience using molecular and cellular approaches to study gene regulation. This experience has greatly enhanced Dr. Arrigo’s ability to fully comprehend the complexities of technical information provided by clients.

Dr. Arrigo is the author of numerous scientific articles in the fields of virology and molecular biology, and has served on several government peer review panels. He is also the sole inventor of a patented method for screening for AIDS virus inhibitors.

Dr. Arrigo’s experience includes interference work, patent prosecution, patent appeals, client counseling, and providing infringement, validity, patentability, and freedom to operate opinions in the biotechnology areas of microbiology, virology, and molecular and cellular biology.


  • District of Columbia; registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Georgetown University Law Center, (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2001)
  • Johns Hopkins University, (Ph.D., Biology/Genetics, 1988)
  • University of Virginia, (B.A., Biology, 1982)
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