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.
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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Charlene provides counsel to chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences sector clients regarding the full spectrum of patent issues. Widely recognized for her successes in patent prosecution, she also has extensive experience performing patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses. Charlene regularly counsels technology transfer organizations in patent procurement, portfolio management and licensing.
Yoichiro's practice hinges upon his extensive experience in international patent law, particularly related to Japanese intellectual property law. His background as an expert witness, patent application examiner, and appeal examiner at the Board of Appeals in the Japanese Patent Office allows Yoichiro to offer both national and international clients unique and comprehensive counseling services regarding patents, trade secret protection, trademarks, infringement, copyright, and licensing matters.
Wei brings an extensive technical background to his work in patent preparation and prosecution, freedom to operate analyses, patent landscaping, and due diligence. Wei is also a member of the FDA Regulatory practice group at Michael Best.
Sansun brings extensive experience in the life sciences to her work representing clients in regard to the full spectrum of foreign and U.S. patent prosecution. Her track record in freedom to operate and patentability matters is informed by her technical background in biochemistry and molecular biology.
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