Verrill's patent attorneys specialize in assisting biotech and life science clients at every level from university research, to startups, to mid-market and large corporations. We understand the challenges of leveraging funding for product development from dynamic research programs in a competitive environment. We're experienced in US and foreign patent prosecution, patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, opinions related to non-infringement, invalidity, freedom to operate, inventorship disputes, licensing, portfolio analysis, and competitor analysis.

Our patent prosecutors have extensive experience dealing with patent eligibility matters and work with a wide array of technologies including the following:

  • Antibodies
  • Aptamers
  • Aquaculture
  • Biofuels
  • Cancer therapies and vaccines
  • CAR T-cells
  • Cell culture
  • Chromatography systems
  • CRISPR technology
  • Drug delivery vehicles
  • Drug formulation
  • ELISA
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization
  • Food science and enzymes
  • Gene therapy
  • Genetic adjuvants
  • Genomics
  • Immunotherapeutics
  • Industrial chemical and biochemical processes
  • Medical diagnostics
  • Microscopy technology and image analysis
  • Modular agricultural systems
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nucleic acids
  • Nutritional biochemistry
  • Probes
  • Proteins
  • Sequencing technology
  • Small molecule pharmaceuticals
  • Spectrometry
  • Stem cells
  • Targeting of drugs and biologics
  • Test kits
  • Transgenic animals
  • Treatment of diabetes and metabolic diseases
  • Viral vectors

Examples of how our patent attorneys have helped their biotech clients include:

  • Quickly established a patent portfolio in the competitive CAR T-cell space to support funding efforts of a biotech startup.
  • Assisted an instrumentation company in an inventorship dispute with its research collaborator, resulting in the company establishing its own patent portfolio.
  • Obtained broad patent coverage for a biologics formulations company to support its partnering efforts.

Firm Highlights

Matter

Change of Control of Emera Maine

Verrill represented Emera Maine, and its affiliates Chester SVC Partnership and Maine Electric Power Company (the “Utilities”), before the Maine PUC with respect to the Utilities’ request for Commission approval of the change of...

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Power Purchase Agreements

Represented a New York wind developer in proceedings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to obtain regulatory approval of power purchase agreements with utilities in those three states pursuant to their tristate clean energy...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Event

Northeastern University RISE Expo

Verrill is sponsoring Northeastern University's RISE Expo on April 9, 2020. Our attorneys, Rob Hover, Dean Phelps, Lin Hymel, Beverly Hjorth, and John Powell, will attend and judge student's work, as well as interview...

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2020 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 30, members from Verrill's Employment & Labor group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics that...

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Maine Solar Boom: Over 1.5GW of Distributed Solar Capacity in the Queue

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Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.

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Verrill-law.com Earns Gold in the 2020 AVA Digital Awards Competition

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SECURE Act: Change to RMD Trigger Age Should Trigger Your Attention Now

As summarized in our January 7 Client Advisory , the SECURE Act includes many changes that affect the design and administration of retirement plans. One of those changes is the increase to the trigger...

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Verrill Again Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Service

(February 19, 2020) – Verrill is honored to receive the 2020 Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Firm Pro Bono Achievement Award, presented by VLP during the Maine State Bar Association Annual Business Meeting &...