Woodcock Washburn counsels clients in various industries on protecting their chemistry-related innovations. We enforce and defend clients' intellectual property rights, review the property of competitors, and assist in evaluating potential partnering opportunities. Our chemistry clients include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical firms and range from Fortune 50 corporations to startup ventures and universities.
Many of our firm's attorneys hold advanced degrees in organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, and chemical engineering. Some previously have worked for organizations such as Bell Laboratories, University of Pennsylvania, DuPont, FMC, Rohm and Haas, and General Electric. Our expertise covers such areas as small molecule therapeutics, reaction catalysts, chemical compositions, biochemistry, environmental processes, and molecular biology.
Woodcock Washburn counsels startups and smaller companies on educating their scientists on the basics of patent law, developing patent and trademark portfolio strategies, surveying the competitive landscape, and staking out their territories. We also frequently assist in licensing technology and, in some instances, navigating the federal regulatory pathways.
Our firm's attorneys advise large clients on how to handle the prosecution of specific cases or patent families that are particularly important or complex, or that require specialized expertise. For example, our familiarity with the nuances of the Hatch-Waxman Act, and the intersection between patent and FDA law, makes us an invaluable resource to companies in the pharmaceutical industry.