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.
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Dan guides clients through all stages of the real estate life cycle, from acquisition to development, construction, financing, leasing and sale of multifamily and commercial properties. His practice focuses on transactional real estate, real estate development, land use, property taxation and zoning law. Individual investors, developers, financial institutions, municipalities and nonprofits rely on Dan for assistance in negotiating complex real estate transactions, obtaining land use approvals and facilitating public-private partnerships.
Callie applies a technical background in mechanical and materials engineering to assist clients with preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications, patentability searches and analysis, prior art searches, and Office action responses.
Tom advises Fortune 500 and other national corporations on all aspects of labor, employment and discrimination law. Clients value his extensive, multistate experience spanning a range of industries, including manufacturing, service, chemicals, financial, retail, food, pharmaceuticals, and warehouse/distribution. Clients also turn to Tom for guidance on labor and employment matters arising out of major acquisitions, divestitures, and consolidation of operations.
José is the founder and co-chair of Michael Best’s immigration law practice. Clients depend on his deep knowledge of and experience with U.S. immigration law and employment-based immigration matters, including immigration status, permanent labor certification, national interest waiver, adjustment of status, consular processing, citizenship and naturalization, and I-9 compliance. José is former leader of the firm’s Higher Education Industry Group and counsels colleges and universities on issues including governance, Title IX, student discipline, and labor contract administration.
Joe is a trial attorney practicing primarily in the areas of class action defense, wage and hour litigation, employee benefits litigation, regulatory compliance, and complex commercial litigation. In this capacity, he: routinely helps clients deal with class actions suits across all subject matters and handles all aspects of complex employment litigation including wage and hour suits arising under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and applicable state laws, plus benefits litigation.
Tom is known for his systematic approach to patent portfolio management as well as patent development and prosecution. His particular focus is on utility and design patents for mechanical and electrical devices including turbines, compressors, electric motors, and heat exchangers. Clients appreciate Tom’s direct approach to developing effective patent strategies. His U.S. experience includes: execution of focused patent searches, provision of patentability and clearance opinions, drafting of patent applications, and preparing licensing and other agreements.
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