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.
In the last two centuries, American farmers have created the most efficient, productive, and sustainable food production system the world has ever seen. And in the coming decades, they will be tasked with providing food for the globe’s swelling population, which is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050.
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Ryan is a paralegal in the firm’s Transactional Practice Group. He performs detailed due diligence for commercial and agricultural real estate transactions throughout the country, with an emphasis in: Arkansas, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Ryan conducts property research, ALTA/NSPS land survey analysis, title and policy review, and is responsible for drafting a wide range of transactional and closing documents.
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High-net-worth individuals call on Bill for clear-headed guidance in protecting and preserving their wealth for future generations. Bill works closely with his clients, helping them to develop estate plans and implement strategies that both save taxes and achieve personal objectives.
With over 25 years of intellectual property experience in the legal industry, Janet brings a strong background to her role as an IP administrator. Familiar with all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright processes, she has assisted with every step of portfolio and record management.
Nancy is a partner in the Land & Resources Practice Group. Her more than 30 years of experience covers a broad range of real estate law, including assisting clients in purchases, sales and leases of property, and development and zoning work; representing borrowers and lenders in real estate loans; assisting in foreclosures and workouts; advising on questions of condominium law; negotiating construction and architects' contracts; and assisting in real estate litigation.
Julie provides business-related immigration services to clients with a particular focus on employment-based immigration, including nonimmigrant petitions, permanent residence applications, and naturalization.
Clients from regulated industries such as health care, insurance, public utilities, and financial services call on Dave for sound counsel on a wide range of corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters.Dave has substantial regulatory experience with state and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, and the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.
As a partner with Michael Best Strategies, Jeff draws on 20 years of experience to provide clients with strategic consultation on government affairs, public policy, political strategy, and public relations.
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