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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Luis represents employers in a range of labor and employment matters and has developed a significant practice focusing on employee defection and recruitment, including litigating injunction and damage actions relating to: covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, unfair competition, trade secrets, duty of loyalty, the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, and state trade secrets and unfair competition statutes.
Steve focuses his practice in the areas of taxation and general corporate matters with a specific emphasis on nonprofit tax, partnership tax, and Section 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange transactions. He advises clients on federal, state, and local business and tax issues arising from a broad range of complex transactions.
Jeff counsels clients on a wide range of business and intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright, advertising, and unfair competition. He assists clients in developing strategies to protect, exploit, and enforce their intellectual property rights and represents them against allegations of infringement.
Amy’s outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in the full spectrum of labor, employment and business-related issues, in both litigation and non-litigation settings. As a problem solver, Amy applies common sense and creativity to develop targeted employment-related solutions for her clients.
Anne provides counseling and representation to employers with respect to a full spectrum of legal issues that arise out of the employment relationship. Anne focuses her practice on defense of employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, retaliation, employee leave, and breach of contract claims.
Peter brings strategic business vision to his work assisting emerging and established companies in corporate and finance matters, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, and business-succession planning. He counsels companies in a variety of sectors including technology, software, digital and traditional media, distribution, and consumer products.
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.
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Luke focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. Known for his close relationships with clients and the practical advice he offers on a wide range of complex matters, he assists in the acquisition, enforcement, use, and management of IP assets in the U.S. and worldwide.
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