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Biotech Patent Group



Combining business perspectives, technical expertise and industry experience, the attorneys and agents in our Biotech Patent Group provide advice and assistance to national laboratories, research institutes, and universities, as well as developers of new technology from start-ups to global corporations, in the field of biotechnology innovation. 

Our team members, most of whom hold advanced degrees and have relevant industry experience, regularly help clients develop their patent portfolios in the agribusiness, biotechnology, chemistry, clean technology, materials science, medical device, nanotechnology and pharmaceutical fields. We have experience in a wide range of specialties, including animal and human health products, diagnostics, food technology and nutraceuticals, genetic engineering, gene therapy, genomics, immunology, molecular biology, neuroscience, microbiology, pharmaceuticals, biologicals and biosimilars, oncology, stem cell biology, and virology, among others. 

Our clients regularly count on us for assistance with every stage of intellectual property development and management, including:

  • Development and strategic management of domestic and international patent portfolios
  • Patent drafting and prosecution
  • Post-grant proceedings including derivation proceedings, inter partes review, post-grant review, ex parte reexamination and supplemental examination
  • Commercial contracts and licensing
  • Freedom-to-operate searching and advice
  • Analysis and strategic management of client portfolios, including freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, validity and patentability opinions
  • Analysis of competitor and third party patent positions
  • Monitoring competitor activity
  • Intellectual property commercialization and technology transfer
  • Company and investor intellectual property due diligence
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We approach intellectual property as a part of a larger business strategy. By staying attuned to legal developments, we help our clients navigate changes in the intellectual property landscape and remain at the forefront of the biotechnology industry.

Representative Matters
Our group works closely with our Intellectual Property Litigation team to help defend and enforce the rights of our clients, including the following matters:

  • Medeva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals (N.D. Ill.) Won a favorable settlement (stipulated injunctive relief) as lead counsel for pharmaceutical manufacturer in action against generic drug manufacturer for alleged patent infringement.
  • Nisus Corporation v. Perma-Chink, Inc. (E.D. Tenn.) Represented defendant in patent infringement action involving the chemical composition of wood pesticide products.
  • University of Nebraska v. BASF and Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. (D. Neb.) Represented defendant Syngenta in license and patent dispute regarding pesticide-resistant plants and technology.


Industries & Practices

  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Emerging Companies
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy & Management
  • Private Equity
  • Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management