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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Maryelena draws on her extensive background as an employment attorney, affirmative action consultant, and employee relations manager to assist clients in navigating the complex statutes and regulations governing compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action requirements binding federal contractors. Clients rely on Maryelena’s experience and ability to provide practical advice and compliance strategies tailored to their business and corporate environment.
Blaine assists clients in patent preparation and prosecution, as well as aiding in the preparation of invalidity/non-infringement, freedom to operate, and patentability opinions. He draws on the technical insights and scientific knowledge he gained as a biomedical engineer to tackle the challenges facing biomedical, life science and physical science innovators.
Leah takes a big-picture approach in advising clients as they face challenges on environmental, food safety and regulatory compliance issues. She draws on experience gained in cases involving the EPA, FDA and other public agencies. Leah’s success as a counselor, litigator and negotiator reflects her combination of subject matter expertise, industry knowledge and creativity.
Angie is an immigration administrator in the firm’s Labor and Employment Relations practice. She is a specialist in immigration docketing and compliance.
Jessica assists in all aspects of business-related immigration matters, including nonimmigrant work authorization, green-card processing, and visa applications. Prior to joining Michael Best, Jessica served as a legal assistant for an immigration law firm and, previously, as a human resources professional.
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