William E. Beaumont and Suzanne Ziska Ph.D. join Merchant & Gould, Washington, D.C

July 03, 2006

Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property and litigation law firm, announced that Suzanne E. Ziska, PhD and William E. Beaumont have joined the firm's Washington, DC office.

William Beaumont joins the Washington DC office as a partner. He has more than 20 years experience counseling clients on IP matters related to biotechnology, organic chemistry, pharmaceutical and genetic engineering including drafting applications and prosecuting patents before the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (including appeals), and opinions on infringement and validity.

Beaumont is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Franklin Pierce Law Center. He holds a M.S. in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of South Florida, a J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center and an L.L.M. from George Washington, School of Law.

Suzanne Ziska joins Merchant & Gould as of counsel. Ziska specializes in patent portfolio management for biotech companies, life science companies, universities and research organizations. She has experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to the areas of biotechnology, genetic engineering, immunology, genetically modified plants, vaccines, diagnostics, gene therapy, and cancer detection and treatments.

Previously, Ziska served as a primary patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in its biotechnology group and as a senior staff fellow at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. She holds a B.A. degree in Biology from Bucknell University, a Ph.D. in Biology from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.