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Robert Underwood

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution


Partner Robert Underwood, PhD, helps clients achieve business objectives by drawing on his extensive experience establishing US and international intellectual property (IP) rights and identifying and evaluating third-party IP risks. He focuses his practice on the life sciences and chemical industries, including biologic and small-molecule pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, vaccines, medical devices, food science and nutritional supplements, agricultural technology, renewable and clean chemical technology, organic chemistry, polymers and catalysts.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

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The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is 'extremely knowledgeable of the science behind the patents and also has a strong understanding of the marketplace'. The arrival of Kristina Bieker in Boston bolstered the group's capabilities in the life sciences space -- one of the its key sectors. Recent highlights include advising Applied Therapeutics on its IP strategy, licensing and sponsored research, in addition to assisting the client with various corporate matters. The practice's other focus lies in the technology sector, where standout instructions include assisting gaming company Electronic Arts with patent application drafting and examination strategies. Also in the tech industry, the team assists Google with the management of portions of its patent portfolio related to its network infrastructure, including data centers and network access strategies and cloud computing offerings. Also recommended are Edward Gordon, Kristin Connarn, and Robert Underwood in Boston; Judy Mohr in Silicon Valley; Ahsan Shaikh, who is based in Chicago and Silicon Valley; and Michael Fogarty and Hosang Lee in Washington DC. Clients also include ZTE, Sandoz and Cornell University. Michael Dreznes, Mark Itri, Soyeon Pak Laub, John Magluyan, Andrew Mickelsen, Nathan Smith, Kenneth Cheney, Brent Hawkins, Hersh Mehta, Kevin Shortsle and Krista Vink Venegas left the firm for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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