Pharmaceuticals

Medicine saves lives, cures disease, and lessens the impacts of illness. Few industries are as competitive, or as patent-intensive, as pharmaceuticals. When your innovations need protection, rest assured our professionals, many with industry experience and advanced degrees, have the skills and experience to guide you through the lengthy process. The depth of our knowledge in medicine, chemistry, and biotechnology, along with our focus on intellectual property rights, makes Seed IP the ideal partner for protecting your most valuable assets.


Our pharmaceuticals expertise:

  • Small molecules
  • Formulations and drug delivery
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Biomarkers
  • Vaccines
  • Immunologics and antibodies
  • Biopharmaceuticals and biologics
  • siRNA/miRNA/gene silencing
  • Peptidomimetics
  • Glycomimetics
  • Natural products
  • Radiopharma-ceuticals


Pharmaceuticals

Professionals

Bobby Sahachartsiri

Associate

Associate

Bobby Sahachartsiri

Bobby focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the biotechnology and life sciences industry, including patent preparation, prosecution and client counseling in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, organic chemistry, and biotechnology. He received an M.S. (2013) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a B.S. (2007; summa cum laude) in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, both from University of California – Los Angeles. Bobby received his J.D. (2017) from The George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C.

Brooke L. Sargeant, Ph.D.

Partner

Partner

Brooke L. Sargeant, Ph.D.

Brooke focuses her practice on the U.S. and foreign biotechnology patent matters, including patent procurement, licensing, and strategic portfolio management. She received a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Biology from the University of South Florida (2000) and a Ph.D. in Biology (with distinction) from Georgetown University (2005). Brooke was awarded a J.D. with High Honors and Order of the Coif from the University of Washington School of Law (2014).

Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Chandra E. Eidt

Partner

Partner

Chandra E. Eidt

Chandra received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and earned B.A.s in Biology and Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1998. Before law school, Chandra was a research assistant with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Biology & Biotechnology Research Program) and a research and development assistant with a pharmaceutical company making recombinant protein therapeutics.

Biotechnology, Chemistry, Consumer Products & Services, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology, Pharmaceuticals
IP Agreements & Licensing, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling
Daniel P. O’Brien, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Senior Associate

Daniel P. O’Brien, Ph.D.

Daniel’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in biotechnology and other life sciences. He has a technical background in microbiology, cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, and biochemistry. Daniel received a B.S. (magna cum laude) from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He holds a J.D. (cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he earned a Law and Technology concentration with honors and served as president of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association.

Biotechnology, Chemistry, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals
IP Agreements & Licensing, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Eileen S. Sun, Ph.D.

Partner

Partner

Eileen S. Sun, Ph.D.

Eileen Sun's practice focuses on patent preparation, prosecution, and portfolio management for companies in the biotechnology sector, including immunotherapeutics, peptide therapeutics, antisense therapeutics, vaccines, molecular diagnostics, metabolic engineering of microorganisms, and drug formulations. She also assists clients in freedom-to-operate and patentability analyses for products in development and intellectual property due diligence.

Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Eric A. Harwood, Ph.D.

Partner

Partner

Eric A. Harwood, Ph.D.

Eric Harwood's practice focuses on chemical, pharmaceutical, and life science patent prosecution, strategy, and diligence matters. Eric earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Davis (summa cum laude), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Organic Chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle. He received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.

Biotechnology, Chemistry, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Hai Han, Ph.D.

Partner

Partner

Hai Han, Ph.D.

Hai Han focuses her practice on U.S. and foreign chemical and pharmaceutical patent matters with a special emphasis on small molecules.

Alternative Energy, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Semiconductors, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology, Pharmaceuticals
IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Heather N. Ewing, Ph.D.

Associate

Associate

Heather N. Ewing, Ph.D.

Heather focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution of chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical matters. Heather received her J.D. from the University of Washington (2020) where she was a student practitioner for the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and an intern for the Washington Pro Bono Patent Network. She received a Ph.D. in Organic and Biological Chemistry from University of Washington (2017), and a B.S. (with Honors) in Chemistry from University of Montana (2010).

Hemant Khanna, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Patent Agent

Hemant Khanna, Ph.D.

Hemant focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution of chemical and pharmaceutical matters. He received a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Michigan (2002), an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Brandeis University (1994), and a B.Sc. (with Honors) in Chemistry from Delhi University (1992).

Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals
IP Agreements & Licensing,Patent
Janaki Purushe, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Patent Agent

Janaki Purushe, Ph.D.

Janaki focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution of biotechnology and pharmaceutical matters. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Temple University School of Medicine in 2018 and a B.S. in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland in 2007.

Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals
Patent
Jessica S. Gritton

Of Counsel

Of Counsel

Jessica S. Gritton

Jessica is an experienced IP attorney with a broad technical background in both the physical and life sciences. She is experienced in all phases of patent portfolio management with particular expertise in the assessment of patent portfolio strengths and weaknesses, technology transactions, and patent disputes within the pharmaceutical industry. Jessica received an M.S. in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, and a B.S. in Physics from University of Utah in 2002.She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2010.

John A. Morgan

Partner

Partner

John A. Morgan

John Morgan's practice is focused on biotechnology patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate analysis, and due diligence. He has additional experience in the chemical and mechanical arts. John received a B.S. in biology from the University of Puget Sound in 2006, focusing on genetics and molecular biology. Prior to attending law school, John spent five years as a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research center in Seattle, Washington, where he studied the genetic mechanisms underlying brain development and cell growth.

Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Karl R. Hermanns

Partner

Partner

Karl R. Hermanns

Karl R. Hermanns' practice focuses on pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent matters, emphasizing strategic management of patent portfolios, early-stage company counseling, investment due diligence, and competitive patent analysis. He graduated with both a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Alternative Energy, Chemistry, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals
IP Agreements & Licensing, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Kazuya (Kaz) Toyama, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Patent Agent

Kazuya (Kaz) Toyama, Ph.D.

Kaz focuses his practice on chemistry and organic chemistry matters. Kaz received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016, and a B.S. (cum laude) in Chemistry from St. Francis College in 2007.

Michael P. Cooper

Partner

Partner

Michael P. Cooper

Michael's practice is focused on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of chemistry and biotechnology matters, and related litigation matters.

Alternative Energy, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals
IP Agreements & Licensing, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Michelle M. LeCointe

Of Counsel

Of Counsel

Michelle M. LeCointe

Michelle LeCointe's practice centers on U.S. and international IP strategies and patent procurement as well as IP agreements for a broad array of technologies, with a focus on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, and rechargeable batteries. She also has substantial experience in corporate IP due diligence, U.S. and international post-grant contested proceedings, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and patent litigation.

 Michelle received a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, in 1997. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, in 2000.

Qing (Becky) Lin, Ph.D.

Partner

Partner

Qing (Becky) Lin, Ph.D.

Becky helps biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies (including U.S., European and Chinese companies) obtain strategic patent protection for their technologies, minimize patent infringement risks, and facilitate their IP-related business transactions. She drafts and prosecutes patent applications related to various technologies, such as immunotherapeutics, proteins, genes, small molecules, pharmaceutical compositions, disease diagnosis and treatment, nucleic acid analysis, medical devices, and transgenic animals and plants. Becky also provides patentability, validity, freedom to operate, and non-infringement analyses and opinions in these areas.

Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Rachel A. Haller

Senior Associate

Senior Associate

Rachel A. Haller

Rachel focuses her practice on patent procurement and strategic portfolio management in a range of multi-disciplinary fields. In 2013, she received her J.D. (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law.  While in law school, Rachel received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the top grade in her intellectual property in commerce class. In 2009, she received a B.S. degree (cum laude) in General Science from Seattle University.

Alternative Energy, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Semiconductors, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology, Pharmaceuticals
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Russell C. Pangborn

Partner

Partner

Russell C. Pangborn

Russ' practice focuses on trademark and technology law, including strategic trademark and copyright counseling, trade secrets, Internet policy, unfair competition, domain name strategy, and disputes, trademark prosecution and maintenance, licensing, enforcement and litigation. He received his A.B. in Psychology from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Software & Internet, Telecommunications
Copyright, IP Agreements & Licensing, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets, Trademark, Internet Policy & Law
Samuel E. Webb

Partner

Partner

Samuel E. Webb

Sam has expertise in U.S. and international patent matters pertaining to life science, chemical, and medical device technologies. Before joining Seed IP, Sam was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP (2006-2014) and served as senior intellectual property counsel at NPS Pharmaceuticals in Salt Lake City, Utah (2004-2006), as a patent attorney at Johnson & Johnson/ALZA Corp. in Mountain View, California (2001-2004), and as a patent agent and associate patent attorney at Task Britt in Salt Lake City (1998-2001).

Alternative Energy, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals
IP Agreements & Licensing, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Sangeeta K. Cheema, Ph.D.

Of Counsel

Of Counsel

Sangeeta K. Cheema, Ph.D.

Sangeeta focuses her practice on patent procurement and licensing of life science matters, in addition to strategic counseling for the same. She received a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in 2002. She received an M.S. (1992) and a B.S.(1990) in Microbiology from Panjab University, in Chandigarh, India. Sangeeta received her J.D. (cum laude) from South Texas College of Law in 2011.

Shi (Michelle) Liu, Ph.D.

Associate

Associate

Shi (Michelle) Liu, Ph.D.

Michelle's practice is focused on patent procurement, licensing, and strategic intellectual property portfolio management in electrical and chemical matters.

Examples of expertise include semiconductors, materials science, batteries, electronics, optoelectronics, medical devices, nanotechnology, polymers, organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Michelle has successfully drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications of U.S. and international patent matters for clients ranging from small startups to large global corporations.

She received a B.S. in Polymer Chemistry from Sichuan University (1992), an M.S. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Jilin University (1995), a second M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Northeastern University (1999), and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering/Nanotechnology from University of Washington (2003). Michelle holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (2011).

Alternative Energy,Biotechnology,Chemistry,Electrical Engineering,Electronics & Semiconductors,Medical Devices,Nanotechnology,Pharmaceuticals
IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Stephen J. Rosenman, Ph.D.

Partner

Partner

Stephen J. Rosenman, Ph.D.

Early in his career, Steve conducted post-doctoral research in Biochemical Oncology and Cell Biology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle before 4+ years at a Seattle biotech start-up.

His immunology, cell, molecular biology, and biochemistry background includes experience in academic departments and the biotechnology industry. He has published in the fields of cellular and molecular immunology, glycoconjugate biochemistry, and cell adhesion.

Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Thomas A. Shewmake

Senior Associate

Senior Associate

Thomas A. Shewmake

Tom focuses his practice on intellectual property enforcement, defense and litigation matters. His experience includes patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases spanning a wide range of industries and technologies. He received a B.S. degree in Bioengineering from the University of California–Berkeley in 2003 and an M.S. degree in Bioengineering from Arizona State University in 2008. Tom was awarded his J.D. cum laude from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2011.


Biotechnology, Chemistry, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals
IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets, Trademark
Toby J. Ligon

Senior Associate

Senior Associate

Toby J. Ligon

Toby specializes in patent prosecution of chemistry, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical matters. Toby received his B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2009) degrees, both in Chemistry, from Western Washington University. Toby received his J.D. cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2016, where he was honored with the Presidential Scholarship Award and the Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property Scholarship Award, and made the Dean’s List.

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