Dickinson Wright Adds Two IP Attorneys in Washington, D.C

Dickinson Wright Adds Two IP Attorneys in Washington, D.C

8/5/2007
Dickinson Wright PLLC has added intellectual property attorneys William E. Beaumont and Suzanne E. Ziska, Ph.D. in Washington, D.C. Both join Dickinson Wright from the Washington, D.C. office of Minneapolis-based intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould. Beaumont has extensive experience in patent application drafting and prosecution in all areas of chemistry, pharmaceutics and biotechnology, such as the synthesis of drugs and complex natural products, preparation and uses of carbon nanoparticles as catalysts and transistors, preparation of medicinal formulations having improved bioavailabilities, and genetic modifications of both animals and plants. He has a sub-specialty in plant genetic engineering with expertise in cross-protection techniques and phytoremediation of contaminated soils. He also has significant experience in PCT (patent cooperation treaty) practice and portfolio management, as well as patent infringement and validity analyses involving numerous technologies. Beaumont was a partner at the Washington law firms of Oblon, Spivak and Lowe Hauptman & Berner before joining Merchant & Gould. He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from Muskingum College and a M.S. degree in physical organic chemistry from the University of South Florida, as well as a J.D. degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center and an LL.M. degree in patent law and trade regulation from George Washington University. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Ziska specializes in patent portfolio management for biotech companies, life sciences companies, universities and research organizations. Her experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to the areas of biotechnology, genetic engineering of eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms, immunology, genetically modified plants, vaccines, diagnostics, gene therapy, and cancer detection and treatments, as well as experience in due diligence matters and freedom to operate analyses. Previously, Ziska served as a primary patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in its biotechnology group, and as a senior staff fellow at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, where she conducted cancer research. She holds a B.A. degree in biology from Bucknell University, a Ph.D. degree in biology from Georgetown University and a J.D. degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, intellectual property and litigation sections; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Dickinson Wright's IP practice is the largest among full-service law firms in Michigan. The firm is also one of the only law firms nationally with its own "IP Academy," where practicing attorneys train law students with technical and engineering school undergraduate degrees to become intellectual property lawyers. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 240 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. For more information, visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
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