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 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.
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High-net-worth individuals call on Bill for clear-headed guidance in protecting and preserving their wealth for future generations. Bill works closely with his clients, helping them to develop estate plans and implement strategies that both save taxes and achieve personal objectives.
Nancy is a partner in the Land & Resources Practice Group. Her more than 30 years of experience covers a broad range of real estate law, including assisting clients in purchases, sales and leases of property, and development and zoning work; representing borrowers and lenders in real estate loans; assisting in foreclosures and workouts; advising on questions of condominium law; negotiating construction and architects' contracts; and assisting in real estate litigation.
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Rick draws on his background as an engineer to advise clients on identifying patentable subject matter for new inventions and assisting with U.S. and international patent prosecution. He counsels on patent coverage, infringement, and current legal issues. His experience spans a range of technologies, including electrical and electronic systems, automotive, embedded software, and microelectromechanical systems.
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