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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Derek provides responsive, targeted solutions to his clients’ challenges across a broad range of real estate and commercial financial transactions. His clients include developers and owners, who he regularly represents in the purchase, sale, leasing, financing and development of real property. He also represents financial institutions in the financing of commercial real estate loans, commercial lending, and new market tax credit lending.
Kelly assists clients and Michael Best lawyers with business entity creation and maintenance, as well as a broad range of business transactions encompassing: acquisitions, mergers, conversions, foreign qualifications, tax exempt status, private placement of securities, federal securities law compliance, state business tax credits, new market tax credits, as well as general obligation and revenue bonds.
Dawn has been with Michael Best since 1990. She focuses her considerable experience on United States and international trademark prosecution, maintenance, protection, enforcement, and portfolio maintenance. In addition, Dawn regularly handles due diligence and chain of title issues and has experience with infringement investigations.
Himanshu brings integrity and perseverance to his work in the full spectrum of patent prosecution. Clients value his strong background in the area and his efficient management of complex projects. Prior to joining the Chicago office of Michael Best, Himanshu worked as a patent paralegal for several years at Chicago-area intellectual property law firms. He earned a Paralegal Certificate from Roosevelt University in 2006.
Jason combines legal experience and strategic vision in helping his clients structure, negotiate, and integrate corporate acquisitions. His training as a certified public accountant adds additional value to his representation of national, regional, and local clients in everything from private placements and general corporate matters to venture capital financing and corporate structuring and financing.
As a senior advisor with Michael Best Strategies, Jeff supports clients in the organization’s Colorado office. Known to be a dynamic policy strategist and campaign specialist, he collaborates with Strategies’ teams in its regional state offices as well as in Washington, D.C. to advance clients’ business objectives through constructive government engagement.
Clients turn to Martin for his tenacious problem-solving approach to all areas of employee benefits law. He is particularly valued for his track record of untangling and simplifying complex executive compensation matters. Clients seek his counsel with respect to retirement and executive compensation plan design, ongoing compliance with tax and regulatory requirements, and benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions.Martin has spoken frequently on employee and retirement benefits topics.
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