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Kelly assists with preparing and prosecuting patent applications, informed by more than ten years of experience in biochemical research. The skills she gained as a research scientist provide her with a broad knowledge of invention disclosures, freedom to operate, patentability, and patent infringement opinions.
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Bill provides strategic patent counsel to clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device areas. With a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical research, he brings a wealth of scientific expertise to his patent prosecution, counseling, and opinion practice.
Jeff provides strategic counseling to clients regarding their patents. With a scientific background and Ph.D. in Chemistry, he is experienced in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and molecular diagnostic arts; material sciences; medical device field; and other related areas.
Julia brings an extensive technical background to her work in U.S. and global patent prosecution in the life sciences. She provides careful and detailed analysis in regard to patentability, patent filing, and complex arguments against patent application rejections related to prior art, enablement, written description, and patent-eligible subject matter.
Joshua assists clients with the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the chemical, material, and life sciences, as well as contributing to freedom to operate and patentability opinions. He acquired a deep understanding of molecular and materials science during his time as a research chemist, particularly in regard to electrochemical cells, metallurgy, and nanotechnology.
Gilberto is a persuasive and effective advocate for clients seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. Focusing his practice on patent litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, he is actively involved in all phases of litigation and trial. He has built an enviable track record by successfully challenging patents in inter partes review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and by fighting off patent infringement suits.
Clients value Greg’s strategic counsel relating to the protection of their intellectual property assets in the U.S. and abroad. His outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in high-profile and high-value life sciences and chemical patent matters. Greg’s extensive background encompasses patent preparation and prosecution, enforcement,and technology dispute resolution, as well as licensing and opinion work.
A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Julie helps clients build strong patent portfolios that can withstand future validity challenges and protect against infringement. She navigates clients through clearance and design changes to avoid patent infringement challenges while developing effective enforcement strategies to safeguard their IP assets.
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