Leaders of higher education institutions today face challenges and opportunities unlike anything their predecessors encountered. As student and faculty populations grow more diverse, the rules and values governing campus life are evolving and becoming more complex at a faster rate.
The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act fundamentally changed the process by which life sciences companies protect their inventions. U.S. patents are no longer awarded to the first to invent, but instead to the first to file. As a result, understanding the system and the standards for protecting intellectual property is as crucial today as understanding the science behind it.
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Plymouth is known for his attention to detail and unflagging commitment to his clients’ business goals. He approaches each project with the mindset of a business partner to expand the IP value of the product or product line while also closely working with engineers and staff to understand the nuts and bolts of the client’s technology. These qualities make him particularly successful in drafting and prosecuting patent applications directed to such items as compressors, pumps, electric motors, agricultural equipment, automotive fuel, and more.
Serene provides clearance and validity opinions, and drafts and prosecutes patents for clients in a variety of manufacturing and medical industries. Prior to joining Michael Best, Serene served as a law clerk for Honorable Judge Kevin E. Martens on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and as an extern for Honorable Judge Charles Clevert of the United States District Court ─ Eastern District of Wisconsin.
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