Life Sciences

At the forefront of issues where science and business law intersect.

Meet the team

Leveraging the strengths of Locke Lord's highly respected health care, corporate and intellectual property lawyers and professionals allows us to provide stellar service to our life science clients at every stage of their company's lifecycle. We are dedicated to guiding life science clients from initial capitalization through the regulatory process to tax implications and are well-equipped to help clients see their innovations become thriving businesses.

Not only do our lawyers have technical skills and specific experience in a variety of scientific fields, including: pharmaceuticals; organic, inorganic and industrial chemistry; biochemistry; biotechnology; genetics and medical devices, but we also work collaboratively with our transactional and litigation colleagues to structure biotechnology transactions and defend our clients' interests.

Most importantly, we are at the forefront of issues where science and business law intersect including implications of the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, data security, national and international regulation, ethical questions and conflicts over IP assets.

We counsel pharmaceutical companies, medical centers and medical research foundations on franchise, licensing, patent, trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property protection issues, including filing and obtaining issuance and registrations for intellectual property domestically and internationally. Our lawyers represent clients in disputes involving trade secrets, patents, trademarks and copyright, contract, fraud and anti-counterfeiting litigation.

Biotechnology companies also turn to us for assistance in structuring transactions and forming strategic alliances. Locke Lord has decades of experience representing companies in the seed industry and was one of the early leaders in providing highly specific counseling and litigation services to the life sciences industry. We provide knowledgeable and practical assistance in the following relevant disciplines: procurement of patent rights, counseling regarding intellectual property rights, litigating intellectual property rights, negotiation of joint ventures and collaboration agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, material transfer, production and distribution agreements and assistance in obtaining regulatory approvals.

With medical device technologies, we have experience working with clients who manufacture angioplasty catheters, cardiovascular stents, hip implants, medical diagnostic equipment, orthopedic devices, prosthetics and surgical equipment.

Correspondingly, our work is calculated to provide clients with effective strategic positions both defensively and offensively. We have prosecuted many thousands of patents, and we help build our clients' IP portfolios with an eye toward defense as well as profitable licensing opportunities, potential asset sales, acquisitions and mergers. Our opinion work is strong and dependable and our experience is longstanding and global. In the conduct of licensing negotiations, potential licensors/licensees are keenly aware of our reputation for successfully enforcing our clients' patent rights, invalidating those of an adversary's, and otherwise enforcing licensing agreements and contracts.