The pharmaceutical industry faces a unique set of rules that complicates the competitive landscape and provides pharma companies and research firms with both challenges and potential opportunities. Our acclaimed attorneys who focus on patent, trademark, unfair competition, commercial transactions, consumer product safety, antitrust and trade regulation work collaboratively with our pharmaceutical and research clients to maximize the results of their investment in R&D, while securing the fruits of their research and protecting their brand.

Our attorneys have experience with a variety of pharmaceutical and biotechnologies. Representative areas include:

  • Biological and chemical assays
  • Catalyst compositions
  • Chemical processes
  • Consumer products
  • Doping agents
  • Drug delivery systems, including capsules, tablets and gels
  • Extraction processes
  • Immunosuppressant agents
  • Methods of treatment for atopic dermatitis, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, endometriosis, immune disorders, inflammatory disorders, influenza and menopause
  • Organic compounds and their intermediates
  • Pharmaceutical, herbicidal and other bioactive compounds and processes

With a firm practice devoted to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and supported by additional firm teams, our attorneys represent clients in the following areas:

Intellectual Property

Our top tier Patent team provides transactional, opinion and prosecution work in the area of genetics, diagnostics, therapeutics, medical compositions and bioinformatics. We also have experience with both small and large molecule prosecution and organic synthesis pathways.

Included among our highly skilled group of attorneys are many with graduate degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, molecular and cell biology, as well as a former U.S Patent Office Examiner. We have an outstanding record of success in patent litigation on behalf of pharmaceutical clients and research organizations dealing with patented drugs and their ingredients.

Our award winning trademark team has vast experience counseling on the issues particular to advertising, brand strategy and protection for pharmaceutical companies.

We offer the following services:

  • Patent prosecution, counseling and licensing
  • IP due diligence
  • Patent litigation, including ANDA litigation
  • Trademark registration, counseling and licensing
  • Trademark enforcement and litigation
  • Trade secret protection and litigation
  • Copyright, Internet and social media counseling

Global Perspective

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry is global and transactions increasingly have international and multinational elements. Each situation requires experienced advice that will “bridge the gap” between the client’s business located in its home country and its operations and relationships located abroad. We regularly work with our clients to develop cross-border strategies and tax efficient structures, and to manage cross-border projects and negotiations to closure. Our lawyers have represented clients in connection with transactions totaling billions of dollars in value across Europe, Asia and Latin America and international clients doing business in the United States. As a result, we are knowledgeable about many of the subtle but important issues that can significantly affect a transaction. Examples of issues and areas that often require particular attention include:
  • Clearly articulating the product/service requirements and operational milestones to avoid miscommunications and misunderstandings about rights and obligations
  • Addressing international tax planning considerations to adopt optimum structures to minimize taxes and to maximize long term tax efficiency
  • Addressing international presence/structure and choice of entity issues
  • Addressing payment security and currency issues to assure timely payment for goods and services and to minimize the impact of any currency risks or fluctuations
  • Assessing the economic and operational impact of any particular international trade laws, import/export and other regulatory controls
  • Assessing and selecting dispute resolution mechanisms that, in the cross-border context, usually involve arbitration, and advising on the choices and differences among venues and arbitration organizations

We provide a broad range of additional legal services related to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry including Products Liability, Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances, Insurance Coverage, Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits. Our work in this sector often extends to other industries, including Health & Life Sciences, Health Care, Education & Research and Consumer Product Safety.

Pharmaceuticals

Experience Highlights

Trademark and unfair competition matters for Pfizer Inc.
Represents Pfizer Inc., one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, in trademark and unfair competition matters, including litigation before more
Patent prosecution and counseling for U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Represent the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is responsible for the military and homeland security functions of the United Kingdom, and have more
Patent prosecution and portfolio management for Emory University
Represent Emory University in connection with the provision of patent prosecution and portfolio management services in the areas of psychiatry, more
Smith & Nephew Inc. v. Synthes (U.S.A.)
Represented Smith & Nephew in a patent infringement suit against Synthes Corp. in the Western District of Tennessee. After a three-week bench more

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