Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical

Foley’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical attorneys serve the diverse needs of life sciences companies looking to meet the challenges of a competitive, dynamic marketplace. Our attorneys work with you to secure, manage, and enforce strong patents throughout the world.
All life sciences companies — whether start-ups or commercial-stage enterprises — grapple with challenges ranging from securing global IP protection to obtaining regulatory approvals. Our Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical attorneys provide legal services to help protect your innovations while helping you identify opportunities to remain competitive in the industry.

The legal solutions we have provided to our clients include:

  • U.S. and foreign patent procurement, including accelerated examination and patent prosecution highway
  • Patent portfolio management
  • Patent enforcement
  • Freedom to operate analysis and product clearance
  • Licensing and technology transfer
  • Due diligence in mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions
  • Defense of infringement claims

Representative Matters

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Handled the intellectual property aspects of a $46 million deal between our client, Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, and GlaxoSmithKline, relating to the sale of a vaccine against S. aureus, which will be critical in the fight against the multidrug-resistant bacterium known as MRSA.
Developed a patent portfolio for international biotechnology company that contained over 75 patent families, including applications and patents to protect tools for target identification and validation, novel therapeutic targets, as well as vaccine-based and antibody-based therapeutics directed to those targets. Technology was one of the first applications of bioinformatics for target identification. It was the key intellectual property for this division of the company.
Licensing of biotechnology drug with up-front payment of $100 million. Represented acquiring company, a global pharmaceutical company, in IP diligence and drafting transaction agreements.

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