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.
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.
In today’s rapidly changing market, you need an intellectual property team that will enhance and safeguard your competitive position. Our nationally recognized IP practice offers three key advantages: we know your business; we understand your technology; and we have the advocacy skills to help you develop, manage, and protect your intellectual assets
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Chuck brings a wealth of practical and business experience acquired during 40 years of practice to his representation of financial institutions. His clients benefit from his strategic counsel on: regulatory matters, mergers, and acquisitions – from both the buyer’s and seller’s perspectives, branch sales and purchases, holding company formation issues, access to capital markets through the issuance of stock and debt, securities law matters, regulatory and compliance issues.
Brian draws on his background as an electrical engineer to advise clients on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as related intellectual property issues. Focusing his practice on electrical, computer, and software technologies, clients value his experience in obtaining patent protection and his counsel on patent clearance and infringement matters.
Brad counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, federal and state securities law compliance, forming and financing startup businesses and real estate matters. He has extensive experience in private placements and other private securities transactions, Rule 506 offerings, and corporate governance matters.
Tom’s outstanding track record is built on his strong advocacy for clients in regard to federal, state, and municipal contracts, grants, and cost-share agreements. He is particularly valued for his ability to secure client-friendly results against difficult odds, in his counsel on government contracts, commercial litigation, as well as in real estate litigation including eminent domain.
Cheryl has more than 20 years of experience as a paralegal. She provides substantive assistance and support in case preparation, tracking and organization of document production and exhibits, and document and record control, security measures, and confidentiality.
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Trish brings a broad focus to her work advocating for clients in federal and state court at all stages of litigation, from early case assessment to trial and appeals. She is valued for her efficient yet creative approach to trademark and copyright protection, and to a wide range of contract disputes including shareholder agreements, commercial contracts, and challenges to insurance policy coverage.
Steven focuses his practice on all aspects of complex civil litigation and appeals. He has significant experience litigating and appealing matters in state and federal courts, including in disputes regarding eminent domain, unfair competition and trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties, construction defects, employment and business issues, consumer protection laws, civil rights, personal injury, and class actions. He is well-versed in every step of the litigation and appellate processes, including developing effective case strategies, taking and defending depositions, successfully bringing matters to trial, and drafting winning pleadings and briefs.
Bob has participated in hundreds of transactions during the course of more than 30 years’ experience in his practice, advising closely held and family-owned U.S. and European (German, Swiss, Polish) clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital financings, and other significate business events.
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