In the last two centuries, American farmers have created the most efficient, productive, and sustainable food production system the world has ever seen. And in the coming decades, they will be tasked with providing food for the globe’s swelling population, which is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050.
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.
In today’s rapidly changing market, you need an intellectual property team that will enhance and safeguard your competitive position. Our nationally recognized IP practice offers three key advantages: we know your business; we understand your technology; and we have the advocacy skills to help you develop, manage, and protect your intellectual assets
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Katrina serves as a partner and advisor to companies seeking to establish and protect intellectual property in the global marketplace. Clients value her responsiveness, as well as her practical advice for resolving problems quickly and cost effectively. With a strong affinity for actions that minimize both risk and litigation, Katrina helps businesses develop global trademark protection strategies, including registration of brands and enforcement of rights.
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.
Kevin provides clients with strategic patent protection through the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for computer and electrical technologies. His counsel is informed by his technical training as a computer engineer and by insights gained from his work as a patent examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Melissa works closely with entrepreneurs and has a strong track record helping to organize, finance, and build early-stage and emerging growth companies. Her broad experience includes aiding startups in industries as varied as IT, medical devices, clean tech, and mobile applications. She also represents venture capital funds, angel funds, and other investors. She also represents venture capital funds, angel funds, and other investors. Melissa’s broad background helps her lead the firm’s Venture Capital Practice Group and Start-up & Emerging Businesses Practice Group.
Scott counsels clients on their “people” issues. Businesses, owners, and boards of directors look to Scott as their outside general counsel to ensure legal compliance of their operations and initiatives. Scott represents businesses before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country in all areas of employment law.
Brian draws on his background as an electrical engineer to advise clients on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as related intellectual property issues. Focusing his practice on electrical, computer, and software technologies, clients value his experience in obtaining patent protection and his counsel on patent clearance and infringement matters.
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