Chemical & Life Sciences

The intellectual property attorneys in Merchant & Gould’s Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Life Sciences Group are capable of addressing your legally and/or technologically complex issues. As a group, we provide the highest quality intellectual property (IP) services related to pharmaceuticals, industrial chemistry, biotechnology, materials science, and related disciplines.

Service Based on Legal, Business & Technical Experience

Our clients entrust us to handle their complex IP needs because of our legal, business, and technical experience. 

Legal Experience

Our group has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Patenting: Preparing and prosecuting national and international applications
  • Opining: Opinions related to patentability, non-infringement, and invalidity
  • Counseling: Due diligence, patent evaluation, and freedom-to-operate determinations
  • Litigating: Hatch-Waxman cases and post-grant proceedings, including inter partes reviews

We also have extensive experience in transactional matters, including agreements related to licensing, settlement, and joint research. Our clients rely on our knowledge related to pharmaceutical and FDA law to develop and market products in the United States.

Business Experience

We recognize that successfully navigating the complex patent landscape requires understanding the risks and benefits of our clients' businesses. We take time to understand our clients, so we can better understand the environments in which they make decisions. This approach helps us advise our clients and be more complete partners in their businesses.     

Technical Experience

We have technical experience in the following areas:  biochemistry, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, genetics, medicine, pharmacology, among others. This experience is based on undergraduate and/or graduate degrees, as well as careers in industry. 

The combined legal, business, and technical experience enables our group to devise strategies that serve our clients' businesses goals. We implement creative solutions to address complex problems.

Serving Numerous Technologies

At Merchant & Gould, we serve numerous clients from diverse technological areas, including:

What’s Your IP Strategy for Your Pharmaceutical, Chemical or Life Sciences Company?

When you want to ensure that your IP strategy satisfies your company’s goals, look to Merchant & Gould’s Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Life Sciences Group. We will work closely with you to develop a strategy that best serves your business.

Start crafting your IP strategy today.


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