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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David focuses on government relations and public policy strategies designed to help clients overcome individual business challenges and implement legislative or regulatory change. His experience in helping to run Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s gubernatorial campaign has given him great insight into the political and legislative process.
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Clients turn to Melanie to develop strategies for resolving intellectual property disputes both inside and outside of the courtroom. Whether patents, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, or unfair competition, Melanie helps clients enforce their intellectual property assets and defend against infringement allegations. Drawing on her engineering background, she also counsels clients on pre-litigation patent infringement and validity opinion matters.
Anne serves as a partner and advisor to companies seeking to establish and protect intellectual property in the global marketplace. She focuses on patent applications, patentability searches, and patent prosecution in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Clients value Anne’s attention to detail, as well as her thoughtful analyses of opportunities and matters. Anne’s experience with intellectual property issues is broad within the fields of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.
A partner in the Wealth Planning area of the firm’s Transactional Practice group, Katherine concentrates her practice on wealth planning and local government law in Northeast Wisconsin. High net worth individuals turn to Katherine for strategic advice on how to protect and preserve their wealth – and create legacies for future generations. Her wealth planning practice focuses on estate planning and succession planning, with a strong emphasis on elder law and agricultural related matters.
Jared brings both technical training as an electrical engineer and a broad range of experience in prosecuting patents related to the electrical and computer sciences to his practice. Clients benefit from his unique perspective and informed guidance on matters relating to the successful prosecution and defense of their patents.
Farrah serves Michael Best in two capacities: as Deputy General Counsel and as a partner in the Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group. Her practice focuses on employment counseling and employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on discrimination, noncompetition, and Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
Kevin provides clients with strategic patent protection through the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for computer and electrical technologies. His counsel is informed by his technical training as a computer engineer and by insights gained from his work as a patent examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Debbie brings more than 30 years of experience in taxation to her role at Michael Best, where she provides a variety of services related to trust and estate tax planning to clients.
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