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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Chuck brings a wealth of practical and business experience acquired during 40 years of practice to his representation of financial institutions. His clients benefit from his strategic counsel on: regulatory matters, mergers, and acquisitions – from both the buyer’s and seller’s perspectives, branch sales and purchases, holding company formation issues, access to capital markets through the issuance of stock and debt, securities law matters, regulatory and compliance issues.
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.
Brad counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, federal and state securities law compliance, forming and financing startup businesses and real estate matters. He has extensive experience in private placements and other private securities transactions, Rule 506 offerings, and corporate governance matters.
Tom’s outstanding track record is built on his strong advocacy for clients in regard to federal, state, and municipal contracts, grants, and cost-share agreements. He is particularly valued for his ability to secure client-friendly results against difficult odds, in his counsel on government contracts, commercial litigation, as well as in real estate litigation including eminent domain.
Trish brings a broad focus to her work advocating for clients in federal and state court at all stages of litigation, from early case assessment to trial and appeals. She is valued for her efficient yet creative approach to trademark and copyright protection, and to a wide range of contract disputes including shareholder agreements, commercial contracts, and challenges to insurance policy coverage.
Bob has participated in hundreds of transactions during the course of more than 30 years’ experience in his practice, advising closely held and family-owned U.S. and European (German, Swiss, Polish) clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital financings, and other significate business events.
Ben brings a winning combination of big picture strategies and a collegial approach to his work defending employers against employment discrimination claims. A diverse range of clients value his defense against Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims, as well as his counsel on ADA issues such as reasonable accommodation and service animal requests in order to avoid future claims. He also frequently advises on wage and hour matters.
As a member of the firm’s transactional practice group, Paul focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate, including: representation of clients from sole proprietorships to multiple Fortune 500 companies in complex lease negotiations as both landlord and tenant, representation of buyers and sellers of commercial property and agricultural land through all aspects of the purchase and sale process, including negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, coordination and review of due diligence, title and survey review, drafting and review of closing documents, and closing, and representation of clients in negotiations with governmental entities involving re-zoning, public financing, and numerous other entitlements and approvals.
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