Woodcock Washburn has significant expertise and experience in the field of biotechnology and related biochemistry arts. Many of our firm's biotechnology lawyers hold advanced degrees in areas such as immunology, genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology, as well as previously holding positions in the field as diverse as bench scientists, medical professionals, and corporate and university counsel. Their analyses and counseling are thus based upon substantial experience in biotechnology combined with a real understanding of business needs.
We represent a diverse group of clients, including many Fortune 500 pharmaceutical/biotech companies and universities such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Morphotek, and the University of Pennsylvania, in industries as diverse as biologic therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, plant and cell biology, food and agricultural sciences, and nanotechnology. We work with clients to develop a global patent strategy tailored to their unique needs that helps to ensure success in a competitive marketplace.
In addition to assisting our clients in obtaining effective patent protection, we offer a full range of services encompassing patent enforcement and client counseling (including evaluation of patent validity, infringement, and freedom to operate). We assist clients in structuring agreements related to financing, licensing, and collaborative research and also advise them on overcoming regulatory hurdles and in protecting and exploiting patent rights. Our attorneys are leaders in their respective areas of expertise as exemplified by their active roles in industry groups including the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Pennsylvania BIO, the Chemical and Biotechnology Practice Committee of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, the Association of University of Technology Managers, and the Licensing Executives Society.