Intellectual Property

WilmerHale's Intellectual Property (IP) Practice provides comprehensive solutions to the intellectual property business challenges that face companies at all stages of growth—from individual inventors to large companies—in every aspect of their business that involves the acquisition, exploitation or protection of intellectual property.

We offer full-service IP coverage in virtually every technology and product category, ranging from green technology, consumer goods, electronics, medical devices and manufacturing, to media and publishing, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, genetics, chemical engineering, semiconductor processing and nanotechnology.

Clients turn to us because we combine the specialized legal and technical skills normally associated with boutique intellectual property firms with the broad business and litigation capabilities of a major general practice firm. Like boutique firms, we counsel inventors, R&D teams and management on patent drafting and prosecution, reexaminations and interferences, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, and IP portfolio development. Unlike most patent practices, however, we also offer interdisciplinary experience in technology transfer and licensing, litigation, sponsored and collaborative research agreements, and IP-related due diligence. We understand how IP relates to your company's business and recognize that IP is a valuable asset.

Based on our experience with transactional work, patents and IP litigation, our team is also uniquely positioned to counsel clients on their business and legal IP strategies, analyzing the value of existing IP portfolios and tailoring these portfolios to match the client's business needs. This often includes targeting future technological areas of interest, protecting existing areas from competitors and preparing for market changes.

Named to Law360's "Practice Group of the Year" series for 2013, our IP team of more than 200 attorneys in the United States, Europe and Asia works seamlessly with one another, taking advantage of the strengths of our different offices. Our rare combination of technological and business experience helps clients reap the benefit of their investment in ideas. More than 120 of our lawyers and technology specialists hold degrees in technological and scientific disciplines, and we have more than 70 lawyers and agents registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

WilmerHale's Intellectual Property (IP) Practice provides comprehensive solutions to the intellectual property business challenges that face companies at all stages of growth—from individual inventors to large companies—in every aspect of their business that involves the acquisition, exploitation or protection of intellectual property.

We offer full-service IP coverage in virtually every technology and product category, ranging from green technology, consumer goods, electronics, medical devices and manufacturing, to media and publishing, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, genetics, chemical engineering, semiconductor processing and nanotechnology.

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Steinberg, Donald R.

Donald R. Steinberg

Chair, Intellectual Property Department

+1 617 526 6453 (t)

don.steinberg@wilmerhale.com

Love Ph.D., Jane M.

Jane M. Love, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Department

+1 212 937 7233 (t)

jane.love@wilmerhale.com

Haag, Joseph F.

Joseph F. Haag

Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Department

+1 650 858 6032 (t)

joseph.haag@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Our ability to provide superior legal representation to technology companies is greatly enhanced by the academic and industry experience of our lawyers in a wide variety of technical and scientific fields, including:

biochemistry

inorganic chemistry

biology

mathematics

biophysical studies

medicine

cellular studies

microbiology

chemical engineering

molecular biology

chemistry

molecular genetics

computer engineering

molecular studies

computer science

neurology

electrical engineering

neuropharmacology

engineering physics

organic chemistry

genetics

pharmacology

immunology

physics

industrial management

public health

information systems

systems engineering


Electrical and Mechanical Arts

The following lawyers and technical specialists have academic degrees and/or professional experience in fields related to electrical and mechanical arts.

Brittany Amadi, senior associate

  • BS in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, University of Maryland

Thomas E. Anderson, partner

  • MSE in electrical engineering, Syracuse University
  • BS in electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Former design engineer at General Electric
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jonathan E. Barbee, associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, Columbia University

Steven D. Barrett, partner

  • SB in mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael J. Bevilacqua, partner

  • MS in computer science, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • BS in computer science and mathematics, cum laude, University of Scranton
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Dana O. Burwell, associate

  • BSE in biomedical engineering, Duke University

David L. Cavanaugh, partner

  • BME in mechanical engineering, Villanova University
  • Former senior patent counsel at Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Former electro-mechanical arts patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Tim Cho, technology specialist

  • PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Arthur W. Coviello, counsel

  • BS in mathematics-physics, with honors, Brown University

Richard Crudo, associate

  • MS in physics, Connecticut University
  • BS in physics, Arizona University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Peter M. Dichiara, partner

  • BS in computer engineering, summa cum laude, Boston University
  • Holds a US patent for a circuit design
  • Former in-house counsel for Motorola; prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to asynchronous transfer mode networking, analog modems and multimedia and Internet related software
  • Former senior hardware engineer and senior software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation; designed CPU and I/O related logic and developed firmware
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael A. Diener, partner

  • SB in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Tara D. Elliott, partner

  • BS in computer engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Daniel A. Fleisher, associate

  • MEng in computer science, Cornell University
  • BSE in computer science and engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Former software developer in the investment banking industry
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Lauren B. Fletcher, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Adele Frankel, senior associate

  • MS in computer science, University of Chicago

Arthur J. Gajarsa, senior counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Former Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Joseph Gay, senior associate

  • MSc in economics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BS in computer science and economics, summa cum laude, University of Virginia
  • Former analyst with a global management consulting company

Martin E. Gilmore, counsel

  • MEng in electrical engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • BE in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering, cum laude, Vanderbilt University

Richard Goldenberg, partner

  • MS in systems engineering, Boston University
  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, University of Maryland
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael A. Greene, associate

  • BS in physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jason P. Greenhut, associate

  • BS in engineering, Duke University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Monica Grewal, partner

  • MS in electrical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS in engineering, Trinity College
  • Former engineer at United Technologies Corporation, Hamilton Standard Division; was involved in the advanced testing of the NASA spacesuit and shuttle environmental control systems
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Yung-Hoon Ha, counsel

  • PhD in materials science and engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BSc in materials science and engineering, cum laude, Cornell University
  • Former patent agent at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. in Virginia
  • Was a postdoctoral research scientist/fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC from 2002 to 2004
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Joseph F. Haag, partner

  • BS in mechanical engineering, Northwestern University
  • Former in-house counsel at Walker Digital Corporation, a business solution invention and development company
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jeffrey T. Hantson, senior associate

  • BS in electrical and computer engineering, cum laude, Cornell University
  • Former engineer at Lockheed Martin

John V. Hobgood, counsel

  • BS in chemical engineering, with distinction, Purdue University
  • Former process control engineer in the petrochemical industry
  • Former environmental engineer with a chemical plant
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jeffrey P. Johnson, partner

  • MS in information systems policy, University of Maine
  • BS in surveying engineering, highest distinction, University of Maine

Belinda M. Juran, partner

  • BS in mathematics, summa cum laude, University of Scranton
  • Former software engineer and engineering manager at Honeywell Information Systems/Bull HN Information Systems
  • Former software quality specialist at Cadence Design Systems
  • Marketing officer for 3D display developer, Eastern Delta (now Actuality Systems) during its prize-winning participation in the 1997 MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition
  • Co-founded a consulting company providing services to high technology clients

Wayne M. Kennard, partner

  • BS in computer science and operations research, US Naval Academy
  • Former chief patent counsel for Pacesetter Systems, a medical electronics company
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Omar Khan, counsel

  • MS in electrical engineering, with honors, Johns Hopkins University
  • BS in biomedical engineering, with honors, Johns Hopkins University

Adit Khorana, partner

  • BS in computer sciences and engineering, summa cum laude, Purdue University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jason D. Kipnis, partner

  • MS in computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS in computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former consultant for Oracle Corporation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Theodoros Konstantakopoulos, senior associate

  • PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS in electrical engineering and Computer Science
  • Diploma in electrical engineering and computer engineering, University of Patras
  • Intern with Cypress Semiconductor in Nashua, New Hampshire; developed a control network for programmable devices, performed timing and energy analysis and performed a design and feasibility study for differential design logic as part of a team of six engineers
  • Research Assistant, MIT Computer Architecture Group
  • Research Assistant, MIT Digital Integrated Circuits and Systems Group

Joshua Landau, associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - College of Engineering
  • Former engineer for Motorola and Continental Automotive
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

John A. LeBlanc, senior associate

  • MS in information systems technology, George Washington University
  • BA in economics, University of Colorado
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Yvonne S. Lee, associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, University of California at San Diego
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Teneshia C. Lewis, senior staff attorney

  • BS in science and technology studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Haixia Lin, senior associate

  • MEng in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
  • BS in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
  • Former research assistant in the Laboratory for Information Decision Systems at MIT
  • Former teaching assistant for courses in dynamic programming, discrete stochastic processes and probabilistic systems analysis at MIT
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jason Liss, senior associate

  • MS in information systems, Drexel University

Cosmin Maier, counsel

  • MSE in electrical engineering, University of Michigan
  • BSE in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, University of Michigan

Evelyn C. Mak, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, Cornell University
  • Former technical advisor and patent agent with Fish & Neave LLP in New York City
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jeremy T. Marr, special counsel

  • AB in computer science and psychology, magna cum laude, Dartmouth College
  • Former Vice President of Client Services for Orbital Software (now Sopheon PLC)
  • Former Vice President of Technical Marketing for Adapt Technology
  • Worked as a software engineer/engineering manager and later as Vice President of Product Marketing/Director of International Distributor Operations for Cortex Corporation (now Attunity Ltd.)

Dominic E. Massa, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, Cornell University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Corey McCaffrey, associate

  • MEng in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS in computer science and engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former software engineer at IBM; IBM Invention Achievement Award winner for multiple patents and pending patent applications
  • Former lead developer for StarLogo TNG
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Erin Greenfield Mehta, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, Clemson University

Proshanto Mukherji, senior associate

  • PhD in computer science, University of Rochester
  • MS in computer science, University of Rochester
  • BS in computer science, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Christopher R. O'Brien, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Andrea Pacelli, counsel

  • PhD in electrical engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Milan
  • MS and BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, Polytechnic Institute
  • Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Former assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Stony Brook University
  • Former patent agent and science advisor at King & Spalding, Goodwin Procter and Kenyon & Kenyon
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Silena Y. Paik, senior associate

  • MEng in applied and engineering physics, Cornell University
  • BA in astrophysics and mathematics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Former researcher with the Department of Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell University
  • Former researcher with the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility
  • Former researcher with the Nanobiotechnology Center
  • Former researcher with the University of California Department of Physics
  • Former researcher with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the Advanced Light Source

Larissa Park, counsel

  • BA in physics, Cornell University, 2002
  • Former research assistant in Vacuum Lab at the Wilson Lab, Cornell University; created computer programs to monitor ion pump effectiveness in the accelerator chamber and repaired vacuum system malfunctions (1999-2001)
  • Former research assistant in the Physical Chemistry Lab at the University of Pittsburgh; group Leader of Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program; researched reaction mechanics of excited helium and carbon monoxide via experimentation with a crossed molecular beam apparatus
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

John P. Pettit, senior associate

  • MS in computer science, Stanford University
  • BS in computer engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Extensive computer and database programming - has worked for Manhattan Associates (formerly Evant), LogicTier, Electronic Arts and Oracle Corporation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Zachary P. Piccolomini, counsel

  • BS in computer science, with high distinction, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Former engineer in the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Natalie R. Pous, senior associate

  • BEng in biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Adam Pugh, patent attorney

  • BA in physics and mathematics, summa cum laude, Vanderbilt University
  • Former engineering intern at the Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Grant K. Rowan, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Maryland
  • Former electrical engineer with NASA, where he designed and simulated a high-speed data-monitoring system and designed software for a portion of the Earth Observation Satellite
  • Former engineering assistant with Engineering and Economics Research, Inc. and Westinghouse Electric Corporation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Carolyn M. Rucci, senior associate

  • BS in computer science, with honors, Trinity College

Anant Saraswat, senior associate

  • MEng in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Heather D. Schafroth, senior associate

  • PhD in chemical engineering, Princeton University
  • BS in chemical engineering, Iowa State University, Tau Beta Pi Laureate
  • Former National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award individual postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Cornell University
  • Held a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship at Princeton University
  • Member of the American Chemical Society and is a senior fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Nancy L. Schroeder, associate

  • BS in chemical engineering and biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former research assistant with US Genomics

Brian M. Seeve, counsel

  • AB in computer science, cum laude, Harvard College
  • Former software consultant with Aptify, Inc.; worked in team to design and implement database systems for nonprofit membership organizations
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Anuj Seth, technology specialist

  • PhD in materials science and engineering, University of Cincinnati
  • BE in metallurgical engineering, University of Rajasthan
  • Former research associate and senior research engineer at the Saint-Gobain R&D Center
  • Former engineer with Daewoo Motors India Ltd.

Arthur Shum, associate

  • BSE in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, Princeton University

Michael Silhasek, associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Notre Dame

David R. Smith, counsel

  • SB in aeronautics and astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former contract system administrator and an in-house system manager in the financial and architectural industries

Michael H. Smith, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Victor F. Souto, special counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering, with honors, Rutgers University
  • Former senior intellectual property litigation and patent counsel at AT&T Corporation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Donald R. Steinberg, partner

  • BSE in electrical engineering and computer science, magna cum laude, Princeton University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Gregory P. Teran, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kyle Turley, counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Former network engineer with The Boeing Company
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Samuel S. Wakefield, senior associate

  • BS in computer engineering, cum laude with distinction, University of Utah
  • Former electrical engineer for a contractor working with the United States Air Force
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Dennis Wang, senior associate

  • BS in computer science and engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Daniel V. Williams, special counsel

  • BS in mechanical engineering, with honors, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Former engineer at IBM, Microelectronics Division; designed machinery for production of printed circuit boards
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

David Yang, counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering and computer science, University of California, Berkeley

Joseph Yu, senior associate

  • BS in computer science and mathematics, cum laude, Vanderbilt University
  • Former applications engineer and business analyst for Sotheby’s

William Yu, senior associate

  • MS in electrical engineering, Stanford University
  • BS in electrical engineering, Stanford University
  • Former senior circuit designer at Intel Corporation

Kathryn Zalewski, special counsel

  • BS in computer science, Purdue University

Song Zhu, partner

  • PhD in mechanical engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Former senior engineer at General Motors
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Biological and Chemical Arts

The following attorneys and technical specialists have experience in fields related to the biological and chemical arts.

Owen Allen, counsel

  • BA in chemistry, cum laude, Harvard University
  • Former research assistant, Harvard Medical School; performed research in laboratory of Christopher T. Walsh in Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology relating to enzymatic mechanisms of an antibiotic polypeptide, using numerous techniques including solid-phase peptide synthesis

Corinne Atton, senior associate

  • BS in human genetics, with honors, University College London

Barbara A. Barakat, attorney

  • BA in chemistry, College of the Holy Cross
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Andrej Barbic, counsel

  • PhD in biophysical chemistry, Yale University
  • BA in chemistry, Lawrence University
  • Former graduate researcher and teaching fellow at Yale University; concentrated on DNA research
  • Former researcher for a generic pharmaceutical company
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Timothy A. Cook, associate

  • MA in chemistry, Columbia University
  • AB in chemistry, Harvard College
  • Former teaching fellow in Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Trevor Cook, partner

  • BS in chemistry, Southampton University

Andrew J. Danford, senior associate

  • SB in chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christine Duh, special counsel

  • BS in biological sciences, Stanford University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Deric X. Geng, associate

  • PhD in chemistry, SUNY Stony Brook
  • BS in chemistry, Peking University
  • Researched drug-like molecules that modulate protein targets and pathways implicated in diabetes and metabolic diseases at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Accomplished the total synthesis of anticancer agent aigialomycin D and work as part of a team to design and accomplish the total synthesis of fully synthetic gp120 glycopeptides as anti-HIV vaccine agents as a postdoctoral fellow at the US Army Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Samantak Ghosh, associate

  • PhD in chemistry, Stanford University
  • MSc in chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • BSc in chemistry, first class honors, Presidency College

Bo Han, senior associate

  • BS in biology, highest distinction and highest honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Former research assistant in the Neurology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; investigated the in vitro effects of statins and interferon beta-1a on the inflammatory response in Multiple Sclerosis patients
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Matthew J. Hawkinson, counsel

  • BA in molecular and cell biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Former genetic engineering research associate with Xenogen Corporation

Andrea Weiss Jeffries, partner

  • AB in chemistry, magna cum laude, Duke University

Cindy Kan, technology specialist

  • PhD in organic chemistry, Stanford University
  • BA in chemistry, summa cum laude, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Former visiting research investigator at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

John F. Kane, patent attorney

  • BS in biology and chemistry, summa cum laude, Wright State University

Amy P. Kaplan, associate

  • BA in human biology, Stanford University

William W. Kim, partner

  • PhD in cellular, molecular and biophysical studies, with distinction, Columbia University
  • BS in biology, DePaul University
  • Former Norman and Rosita Winston Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology at the Rockefeller University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Lisa Li, senior associate

  • BS in biology and chemistry, University of California, Irvine
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jane M. Love, partner

  • PhD in biology, concentration in molecular biology, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA in biology with a minor in chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Postdoctoral fellow in molecular biology and pharmacology, Cornell University Medical College
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Anna E. Lumelsky, counsel

  • BA in biology, magna cum laude, Harvard University

Laura Macro, technology specialist

  • PhD in cellular biophysics, The Rockefeller University
  • BSc in cell biology with industrial experience, first class honors, University of Manchester

Amanda Major, partner

  • BA in chemistry, Wake Forest University

David A. Manspeizer, partner

  • Former chief intellectual property officer for Wyeth
  • BA in biology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Mark D. McBriar, associate

  • PhD in organic chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • MS in organic chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BS in chemistry, cum laude, Dickinson College
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Ryann M. Muir, senior associate

  • PhD in molecular biology/biotechnology, University of California, Davis
  • Postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis in the section of Neurobiology and Behavior: formulated and tested scientific hypotheses relating to obesity and metabolism
  • Former graduate research assistant in the Plant Biology Graduate Group at UC Davis: formulated and tested scientific hypotheses relating to enzymology, biochemistry, molecular biology and small molecule biosynthesis

Jacob Steven Oyloe, counsel

  • BS in chemistry, University of Florida
  • Former development chemist with Millennium Specialty Chemicals in Jacksonville, Florida; co-invented and implemented a new method for the manufacture of l-Carvone, the main component of spearmint oil, and developed production methods for two Sandalwood aroma chemicals
  • Presented with the Millennium Specialty Chemicals' Chairman's Award for excellence in research and development, awarded annually to only ten projects worldwide
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Barish Ozdamar, senior associate

  • PhD in medical genetics, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow in biochemistry, Cornell University Weill Medical College; investigated the role of cholesterol metabolism in atherosclerosis and stroke
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow in cell biology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada; research focused on cancer biology and molecular pathways regulating tumor metastasis
  • Recipient of Post-Doctoral Fellowships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • Recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Award
  • Publication record includes four authorships in the journal Science

Heather M. Petruzzi, senior associate

  • BS in chemistry, summa cum laude, University of Richmond; Phi Beta Kappa

Jonathan B. Roses, senior associate

  • BA in chemistry, Connecticut College
  • American Chemical Society Certified
  • Former senior research associate at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; worked as medicinal chemist
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Rana Sawaya, senior associate

  • PhD in molecular biology, Cornell University
  • MS in microbiology, McGill University
  • BS in microbiology and immunology, with Great Distinction, McGill University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Mary Rose Scozzafava, partner

  • PhD in inorganic chemistry, Brandeis University
  • BS in chemistry, magna cum laude, Lehigh University
  • Former research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and at Max-Planck-Institute for Radiation Chemistry, Muelheim, Germany
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Colleen Superko, partner

  • MS in biochemistry, University of Vermont
  • BS in biology, Dickinson College
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Leo R. Takaoka, technology specialist

  • PhD in organic chemistry, University of California, Irvine
  • BS in chemistry, University of California, Irvine
  • BS in biology, University of California, Irvine
  • Former medicinal chemist with CoMentis, Inc.
  • Former scientist with Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company
  • Former senior scientist with the Schering-Plough Research Institute
  • Postdoctoral research fellow at The Scripps Research Institute

Michael J. Twomey, partner

  • AB in biology, magna cum laude, Harvard College
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow in biology
  • Graduate fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Emily R. Whelan, partner

  • AB in chemistry, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jamie T. Wisz, partner

  • AB in biology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University
  • Former biological analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Kevin M. Yurkerwich, associate

  • PhD in chemistry, Columbia University
  • MPhil in chemistry, Columbia University
  • MA in chemistry, Columbia University
  • BS in chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office


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October 15, 2014

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WilmerHale Named Best Patent Litigation Firm by The Legal 500 US

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October 8, 2014

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October 2, 2014

Crain's New York Names WilmerHale Among City's Best Places to Work

The firm's New York office has been named as a Best Place to Work by Crain's New York in its annual survey of the city's employers. WilmerHale is one of only eight law firms on this year's list, which includes a total of 100 winners.

October 1, 2014

Technical and Scientific Experience

Our ability to provide superior legal representation to technology companies is greatly enhanced by the academic and industry experience of our lawyers in a wide variety of technical and scientific fields.    

Recognition

  • American Lawyer – Named WilmerHale its "IP Litigation Department of the Year" in 2014. This is the second time that WilmerHale has been named a winner and the third time the firm has been named a finalist since the contest's inception in 2002.
  • Best Lawyers in America – In the 2015 edition, Best Lawyers recognized nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers, naming nine "Lawyer of the Year," including Bill Lee who was named Boston Litigation: Intellectual Property Law "Lawyer of the Year."
  • Boston Business Journal Named WilmerHale as the "Area's Largest IP Law Firm" in the 2013 and 2012 editions of its annual survey, marking the eighth time WilmerHale has placed first in this listing
  • BTI Consulting Group (2015)  WilmerHale was recognized as the "Most-Favored IP Department" in the nation, one of two firms that are the "Best at Complex IP Litigation," one of six firms identified as "Go To IP Litigation Firms," and one of five firms called out as "Go To IP Firms" (for non-litigation IP work) in the BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation report
  • Chambers Europe: Leading Lawyers for Business – Ranked 19 WilmerHale lawyers and seven firm practices, including Intellectual Property, to their 2012 edition
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers – Praised our IP practice as "an absolutely outstanding team that gives everything you want from a law firm" and ranked WilmerHale in their 2012, 2013 and 2014 guides for Intellectual Property: Patent and Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Unfair Competition
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Named our intellectual property practice among the 2013 shortlist of leading IP law firms in the United States
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Ranked our practice in band one in Massachusetts for the past 11 years (2003-2014). Chambers USA 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ranked our national practice in band one, noting that our teams "are outstanding at all levels, combining first-rate technical and legal acumen and great trial skills." In addition, Chambers USA 2012, 2013 and 2014 ranked our California, DC and New York intellectual property practices. In 2013 and 2014, we were recognized in International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337).
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Ranked Bill Lee since 2003 and has named him a "star performer" for nine consecutive years (2004-2013). In each of these years he was the only Massachusetts IP lawyer to receive this ranking. Chambers USA 2013 notes that he is "one of the pillars of IP here in Boston." Peers agree that he commands an "exceptional, well-deserved reputation," while clients assert: "His experience and insights are worth every penny."
  • Daily Journal – WilmerHale was named to the "Top Verdicts" 2013 list for the firm's representation of Apple Inc. in the prominent Apple v. Samsung case. Two of WilmerHale's IP litigation victories were previously included in the "Top Verdicts" 2012 list, calling attention to California's most widely-watched rulings of the year. Recognized for being closely followed and examined across the nation, the cases, Apple v. Samsung and Mformation v. Research in Motion were featured.
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 – Named the firm as "best-in-class" in patent litigation and licensing in California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington DC.
  • Intellectual Property Today – Consistently placed among the guide's “Top Patent Firms” and “Top Trademark Firms,” which rank law firms based on the number of US patent and trademark registrations they filed in the previous year.
  • Law360 – WilmerHale was one of only five firms named among Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" in 2013. The group was also named "IP Group of the Year" in 2011 and 2010 and received honorable mention in 2009.
  • Managing IP (MIP) – Selected WilmerHale as the Patent Contentious Firm of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2014, the firm was named the Copyright Firm of the Year and the winner of the Milestone Case of the Year. MIP also named Bill Lee as Massachusetts IP Litigator of the Year and Seth Waxman as DC IP Litigator of the Year—each earning this title for the third year in a row. The firm was recognized as the Pharmaceutical IP Litigation Firm of the Year in 2013.
  • Managing IP (MIP) – Named WilmerHale among the top nationally ranked firms for intellectual property in 2013, and recognized fourteen of our partners as "IP Stars."
  • PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook – WilmerHale is listed in the2011/2012 edition as a leading law firm in the US for life sciences in patent litigation; highly recommended for patent counseling. The 2009/10 edition lists our Intellectual Property and Patent Counseling practices as "highly recommended" in the US.
  • Practical Law Company (PLC) WilmerHale earned a place among the top ten law firms in the 2012 Life Sciences Industry Super League and is noted as boasting "a strong transatlantic life sciences practice with substantial offerings"
  • The BTI Consulting Group Inc. – Named WilmerHale among the 2014 "IP Litigation Standouts" in their BTI Litigation Outlook Report
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa – Recognized the firm in 10 various practice areas, including intellectual property in 2012
  • The Legal 500 United States – Named WilmerHale the nation's best law firm for patent litigation at their inaugural 2014 awards program 
  • The Legal 500 United States – Ranked WilmerHale's intellectual property practice in the "Top Tier" in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of its annual guidebook
  • The National Law Journal – WilmerHale was one of 20 elite law firms named to 2012, 2013 and 2014 Intellectual Property Hot List
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® – In the 2013 and 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings, the firm was honored with first-tier national rankings in Biotechnology Law, IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law and Trademark Law; and first-tier metropolitan rankings in Washington DC and San Francisco for IP Litigation; in Boston for Copyright Law, Patent Law, Patent Litigation, IP Litigation and Biotechnology Law; and in New York for Biotechnology Law.
  • The annual Best Law Firms list named WilmerHale as "Law Firm of the Year" in International Arbitration. In the most recent edition, the firm received first-tier rankings in 27 national and 60 metro-area practices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.