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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Corporate clients turn to Michelle for her experience litigating commercial and intellectual property disputes, among other matters. Michelle also serves as a member of the firm’s Class Action/Multidistrict Litigation team. She tries cases in both federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels.
Michel manages the financial, operational, and administrative functions of the Intellectual Property practice group. Her role supports the firm’s strategic and operational goals. Michel draws on her years spent in public accounting to bring experience in improving processes, financial and profitability analysis, and realizing business objectives to her work for Michael Best.
Luke focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. Known for his close relationships with clients and the practical advice he offers on a wide range of complex matters, he assists in the acquisition, enforcement, use, and management of IP assets in the U.S. and worldwide.
Peter’s clients from both public and closely held businesses turn to him for sound strategic advice on a full spectrum of issues. He leverages his firm grasp of his clients’ needs with extensive legal and business experience to help clients develop – and implement – effective solutions. Peter has a broad range of experience in the general corporate and commercial contract areas and in the valuation, acquisition and sale of businesses.
Kirk focuses his intellectual property practice on patent prosecution, licensing, and patent litigation. He advises clients on a variety of intellectual property matters, including portfolio development and commercialization for a range of mechanical, manufacturing, medical, oil and gas, automotive, and electromechanical technologies.
Andrew helps clients protect and defend their intellectual property assets. His practice concentrates on patent prosecution, reexamination, ex parte appeals, and trial proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), patent litigation matters in federal district court, appellate practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, strategic counseling in patent-related matters such as patentability and freedom-to-operate assessments.
Colin is a member of Michael Best’s Patent Post-Grant practice group, where he assists with post-grant patent proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Clients look to Colin for patent application preparation and patent analysis for mechanical, electrical, and biomedical technologies. His strong background in biomedical engineering informs his development of intellectual property strategies in these fields.
Jeff’s practice focuses on a variety of commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general business law. Jeff also advises clients on business planning issues such as entity selection and formation; and business planning and succession.
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