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.
Leaders of higher education institutions today face challenges and opportunities unlike anything their predecessors encountered. As student and faculty populations grow more diverse, the rules and values governing campus life are evolving and becoming more complex at a faster rate.
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Chuck is a go-to lawyer for complex cases involving OSHA, employment law, labor negotiations, independent contractor and joint employment matters. Clients rely on his years of experience in dealing with state and federal enforcement agencies to develop human resource, safety and environmental policies and practices that prevent problems and save them significant expense. Chuck has defended employers in more than 1,000 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation cases over the past 26 years.
For more than 25 years, Todd has helped numerous clients remain in compliance with all aspects of the complex and dynamic Clean Air Act regulatory program. His extensive knowledge of and experience with Clean Air Act matters includes obtaining air emission control permits, planning future activities to minimize the expense of regulation, and the defense of allegations that a company may have violated Clean Air Act requirements.
Andrew focuses his practice on matters related to U.S. and foreign patent protection for clients in the biomedical, electrical, and computer industries. He has an extensive background in research and development, with experience in medical image and signal processing, development and testing of medical devices, electronic control system design, bioinformatics, robotic automation for medical research laboratories, and computer software design.
Tanya Parent brings 17 years of intellectual property experience to her work for Michael Best. She is responsible for all facets of the preparation and filing of United States, Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and international patent applications for a broad group of clients. She also coordinates with international associates to manage foreign patent filings and related matters.
Chris is known for steering clients through complex litigation – from trials to appeals, arbitration, or mediation – and providing effective, efficient results in federal and state jurisdictions throughout United States.
Clients call on Hamang for guidance on the federal, state and local tax and business law issues stemming from complex business transactions. His strategic counsel encompasses mergers and acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations, spin-offs, new market tax credit financings, historic tax credit financings, partnerships and joint ventures, REIT acquisitions, real estate transactions, and renewable energy tax incentives.
Brian brings strategic business vision to his work representing companies engaged in employment-related disputes, both in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. The focus of Brian’s practice is to deliver positive outcomes in litigation matters, including class action discrimination, wage and hour collective actions, harassment and discrimination claims, wrongful termination, disability accommodations, theft of trade secrets, and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
Prateek helps protect his clients’ technological innovations by filing and prosecuting patent applications. He is experienced in conducting clearance and patentability searches for a diverse group of Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 clients. Clients benefit from Prateek’s tactical patent counseling, which is amplified by his technical training as an electrical engineer and a clear understanding of the technological components of individual client inventions.
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