Clara Sattler de Sousa e Brito is a Patent Attorney with a specialization in biotechnological inventions. Following her studies of physics, philosophy and law and research activities at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Germany and Yale Law School, USA, she is now a partner at the patent law firm Liermann-Castell. At the center of her research are problems in the intersecting areas of law, ethics and modern technologies, in particular life sciences (e.g. synthetic biology or stem cells).