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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Thomas is a trademark attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. His practice focuses on the acquisition, enforcement, and litigation of intellectual property rights, particularly related to trademarks and copyrights, both domestically and internationally.
Clients rely on Ken to help them resolve complex intellectual property and commercial disputes. Drawing on a strong technical background, particularly in the electrical, mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, Ken has successfully litigated patent infringement cases throughout the United States. He has represented clients in all phases of patent litigation and trial preparation.
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Amber is a paralegal in the firm’s Litigation practice group and has more than 20 years of legal industry experience.
Victor represents clients in a broad scope of litigation matters in both state and federal courts. His experience in all facets of pre- and post-trial litigation encompasses pre-suit investigations and discovery, mediation, motion practice, and collecting on judgments.
Clients across multiple industries turn to Michael to coordinate their more complex business transactions. They value his quick assessment of issues and their implications, as well as his creative yet effective solutions to the many issues that arise during the course of a transaction.Michael’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, buyout transactions, securities regulation, and venture capital investment transactions.
Brenda advises clients seeking to expand and protect their brands in the global marketplace. She provides strategic counsel regarding trademark prosecution and enforcement, copyright, and licensing matters.
Denise is a paralegal in the Transactional Practice Group. She is the lead paralegal in the firm’s derivative group under the Banking and Financial department. Denise also has extensive experience in the fields of corporate law, estate planning, and real estate transactions including residential and commercial, in Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Jodi assists in all aspects of United States and international patent and trademark prosecution, including filing patent applications for submission on behalf of a broad array of clients to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and international patent offices. Jodi regularly responds to actions and letters issued by the USPTO and international patent offices. She is responsible for preparing assignments and declarations, and priority documents.
Louise focuses her practice on trademark law. She handles all aspects of selection and protection, including domestic and international clearance, prosecution, maintenance, licensing, due diligence, policing, litigation, and enforcement, including opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
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.
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