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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Rich has a strong track record in intellectual property law, specializing in all stages of the patenting process for mechanical arts and technologies. He helps clients build patent portfolios, avoid or invalidate competitor patents, and defend against infringement claims. Through his extensive experience with utility and design patents, Rich has become a trusted, long-term business partner to producers and manufacturers.
Brad serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, families and companies seeking to cost- effectively structure or transfer businesses. Clients value his responsiveness, particularly his ability to help them understand complex property and tax law concepts. Brad is also a Certified Public Accountant. His practice includes estate planning, business succession planning, charitable planning, and trust and estate administration.
Ben focuses on consumer protection, business tort, and class action litigation, providing careful analysis of complex issues and practical advice for resolving disputes and concerns. Ben has jury trial experience in both state and federal courts, as well as appellate experience in multiple federal appellate circuits.
Natalie is experienced in all aspects of patent prosecution, from advising clients on patentability and patent filing strategies to drafting design and utility patent applications in the United States and worldwide. A trained mechanical engineer, Natalie applies a deep technical understanding of the technologies behind her clients’ innovations to each engagement.
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Aaron has broad experience litigating complex commercial matters in both federal and state court and through arbitration proceedings. He has served as first or second chair on cases through trials or arbitrations, and handled a variety of matters successfully through appeal. Aaron’s litigation practice spans a variety of subject areas, including advanced manufacturing contract and warranty matters, insurance coverage disputes, dealership issues, and more.
Clients turn to Dan because he is an outstanding litigator and a trusted advisor on employment issues. His deep knowledge of employment law, exceptional judgment, and strategic advice enable clients to achieve their goals. Businesses, colleges and universities, municipalities, and other clients rely on Dan’s proven litigation experience and proactive counsel on a broad range of issues.
Allison has nearly 20 years of experience as a paralegal. She assists with all aspects of litigation, from inception of a case to resolution, including trial.
Bill brings strong experience as a business strategist and executive coach to his role as Director of Special Projects. He works to improve business and leadership performance and foster positive organizational change through the alignment of strategy, structure, leadership, and talent.
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