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A Wealth of Experience

When you make GPG part of your team, you immediately gain access to an experienced staff of patent professionals and Ph.D. scientists with strong backgrounds in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, plant physiology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and medical devices.

In addition to technical and industry expertise, our staff possess extensive experience drafting and prosecuting U.S. patent applications; managing foreign patent prosecution; providing invalidity, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions; conducting intellectual property due diligence; and preparing and negotiating license agreements.

Meet Our Team

Dennis Bennett, Patent Attorney

Description

Mr. Bennett is the founder and managing partner at Global Patent Group. He leads a team of patent attorneys and agents handling all aspects of patent and legal matters related to the life sciences and pharmaceutical areas. Before founding Global Patent Group, Dennis was the Chief Patent Attorney at Kalypsys, Inc., a company focused on high throughput drug discovery and development. While there, he set up a fully operational patent department with internal capabilities to file and prosecute patent applications globally.

Prior to working with Kalypsys, Mr. Bennett served as the Vice President of Global Intellectual Property at KV Pharmaceuticals. While there, he led the legal effort to bring ANDA and NDA drug products to the market. He also developed and implemented a full-service I.P. legal function. He came to KV Pharmaceuticals from G.D. Searle and Pharmacia. As the Assistant General Counsel and Director of Global intellectual property for Oncology and Biotechnology, Mr. Bennett led a team of patent professionals to provide full service patent and legal support to Pharmacia’s Oncology and Biotechnology drug development units. His team supported the company’s effort to protect and defend over 15 clinical compounds, including CDP-870, TFPI, Celebrex® and Bextra®. He also served on Pharmacia’s Oncology and Biotechnology governing committees.

Preceding this, he had increasing levels of responsibility and leadership roles spanning over 13 years within G.D. Searle and Pharmacia starting as a patent attorney responsible for filing and prosecuting patents worldwide to leading and training attorneys and professional staff.

Education

Mr. Bennett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, a Master’s degree in Human Resources, a Master’s of Business Administration degree, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas. He also earned a Master of Law degree in Intellectual Property from John Marshall Law School.

Licenses
  • Licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Licensed to practice law in the States of Missouri and Arkansas
Description

Dr. Levin is a patent agent and in-house chemistry expert with a focus in pharmaceuticals and chemistry, with a particular interest in solid state/formulations chemistry. His doctoral research centered around supramolecular chemistry and intermolecular interactions (such as salts and polymorphs). He undertook a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis studying synthetic ion transporters before joining Global Patent Group in April 2008.

Education

Dr. Levin has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology from Cornell College, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Kansas State University.

Licenses
  • Licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Cynthia Hathaway, Patent Attorney

Description

Cynthia Hathaway is a patent attorney specializing in patent portfolio strategy and management in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, and life science arts. Ms. Hathaway prepares and prosecutes applications for United States and foreign filing, and advises clients regarding patentability, freedom to operate, and drug patent life cycle management to minimize innovator and generic competition and maximize regulatory exclusivity. Ms. Hathaway also has experience in IP transactional support including due diligence investigation and presentation. Ms. Hathaway’s clients include large and small pharmaceuticals companies, universities, start-ups, and sole inventors. Prior to joining Global Patent Group, Ms. Hathaway was an agent and intellectual property department liaison at Kalypsys, where she tactically managed the rapid growth of the patent estate and supported joint research programs with major pharmaceuticals partners.

Education

Ms. Hathaway obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacological Chemistry from the University of California-San Diego. She obtained her JD from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where she mentored colleagues as a Dean’s Fellow and a teaching assistant.

Licenses
  • Licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of California
Description

Mr. Burgdorf is an IP attorney who practices in the areas of copyrights and trademarks, with a special focus on trademark prosecution and maintenance. Mr. Burgdorf also practices in the area of technology transfer and licensing.

Education

Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Denison University, a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Licenses
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri

Chris Marion, Patent Attorney

Description

Chris Marion draws upon almost 10 years of lab research when handling foreign and domestic patent prosecution relating to biotechnology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, plant and life sciences, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food processing, business methods, and the mechanical arts. Chris also has experience handling due diligence and post-grant proceedings such as inter partes reexaminations/reviews.

Education

Chris has a JD (with emphasis in Intellectual Property) from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2011, an MS in Molecular Microbiology from Washington University School of Medicine, 2002, and a BS in Biology and Biotechnology from McGill University, 1998.

Chris has been admitted to the Texas Bar.

Licenses
  • Licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

John Desper, Patent Agent

Description

John Desper is a specialist in organic chemistry who brings several years of university-level experience in scientific innovation. His doctoral research explored bioorganic chemistry and crystallography, and he continued his research in host/guest and structural organic chemistry, first as a postdoctoral associate, then as a university faculty member. He provided scientific and technical support and management to university research programs for over a decade before joining Global Patent Group in December 2015.

Education

Dr. Desper has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Licenses
  • licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Elisabeth Bennett, Attorney

Description

Ms. Bennett is an IP attorney with extensive experience performing specialized legal research specific to biotechnology and life science IP law. Ms. Bennett also assist the patent attorneys and patent agents with patent filing, preparation of formal documents, and litigation proceedings.

Education

Ms. Bennett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She holds a Master’s degree in Finance and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  She also earned a Master of Law in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Licenses
  • Licensed to practice in Florida
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia

C. Adam Schlecht, Patent Attorney

Description

Dr. Clifford A. Schlecht is an attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in a diverse range of technical fields including chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, nanotechnology, petrochemistry and material science. Additionally, Clifford assists clients in freedom-to-operate assessments in chemistry-related fields and assists foreign associates in the prosecution of international patent applications. He also has experience in providing technical assistance in litigation support.

Education
  • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2016
  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2009, Chemistry
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2007, Chemistry
  • M.S., Furman University-Greenville, South Carolina, 2004, Chemistry
  • B.S., cum laude, Furman UniversityGreenville, South Carolina, 2003, ACS-certified in Biochemistry
Licenses
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2008
    Missouri (pending), 2017

Stephanie Greer, Patent Agent

Description

Stephanie Greer, Ph.D., is a Patent Agent with more than 6 years of experience in patent prosecution. Dr. Greer draws upon more than 16 years of laboratory research and scientific and medical writing when handling foreign and domestic patent prosecution relating to biotechnology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, plant and life sciences, medical devices, and plant patent applications.

Admissions

United States Patent and Trademark Office, Reg. No. 72,123

Areas of Focus
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Life Sciences
  • Utility Patents
  • Plant Patents
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Biotechnology Companies
  • Life Sciences and Health Care

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