Pharmaceutical Patent Attorneys

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Must Protect Intellectual Property

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are rapidly expanding with new pharmaceutical formulations being developed and coming to market in the United States and worldwide. Every company developing new pharmaceuticals must protect its trade secrets and intellectual property with patents.

Paul & Paul has decades of experience in patent law and securing patent protection for companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Our lawyers are not only knowledgeable in patent law, they also have advanced degrees and extensive backgrounds in many industries. This enables them to provide the best counsel to create a patent strategy that protects intellectual property and ensures clients a competitive advantage in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

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What Is A Pharmaceutical Patent?

A pharmaceutical patent is a form of intellectual property protection granted by a government to an inventor or pharmaceutical company for a new and innovative drug or pharmaceutical composition. It provides the patent holder with exclusive rights to manufacture, use, sell, or import the invention for a limited period of time, typically 20 years from the filing date of the patent application.

Pharmaceutical patents serve several important purposes:

  1. Protection of Intellectual Property: Patents safeguard the innovative ideas, new formulations, processes, or compositions developed by pharmaceutical companies. They encourage investment in research and development by granting the patent holder a monopoly over the invention for a limited period, enabling them to recoup their investment and make profits.
  2. Exclusivity and Market Advantage: A pharmaceutical patent grants the patent holder exclusivity in the marketplace, prohibiting others from making, using, selling, or importing the patented drug without permission. This exclusivity provides a competitive advantage, allowing the patent holder to establish a strong market position and recover the costs associated with research, clinical trials, and regulatory approvals.
  3. Incentive for Innovation: The promise of exclusivity through patents incentivizes pharmaceutical companies to invest in the development of new and improved drugs. The prospect of obtaining patent protection encourages research and innovation, leading to advancements in medical treatments and the discovery of novel therapies.
  4. Disclosure of Inventions: Patents require the inventor to disclose the details of the invention in the patent application. This disclosure contributes to collective knowledge and scientific progress by sharing information about the drug’s composition, manufacturing processes, and methods of use. It allows other researchers and scientists to build upon existing knowledge and develop further innovations.

It’s important to note that the granting of a pharmaceutical patent does not automatically mean that a drug is approved for sale or use. Patents cover the underlying invention itself, while regulatory authorities assess the safety, efficacy, and quality of the drug through a separate approval process.

What Does A Pharmaceutical Patent Attorney Do?

A pharmaceutical patent attorney specializes in the legal aspects of pharmaceuticals and intellectual property rights. The primary role is to assist pharmaceutical industries and inventors in protecting their innovative drug products by obtaining and enforcing patents. Here are some specific tasks that our pharmaceutical patent attorneys perform:

  1. Patent Prosecution: We work closely with inventors and scientists to identify inventions that are potentially patentable. We draft patent applications and file them with the patent office and communicate with patent examiners to address any questions or objections raised during the examination process.
  2. Patent Portfolio Management: Our pharmaceutical patent attorneys help companies build and manage their patent portfolios. We conduct patent searches and analyze existing patents to assess the novelty and potential patentability of new drug inventions and also advise on strategies for maximizing patent protection and minimizing the risk of infringement.
  3. Patent Litigation: In case of patent disputes or infringement claims, our pharmaceutical patent attorneys provide legal representation for clients. We may initiate legal actions or defend our clients against claims of patent infringement; conduct legal research, prepare arguments, and represent their clients in court proceedings or alternative dispute resolution methods and will represent your company at a patent trial, or in any post-grant proceedings, before the appeal board. We also assist in patent term extensions.
  4. Freedom to Operate Analysis: Before launching a new pharmaceutical product, it is crucial to ensure that it does not infringe on existing patents held by other companies. Pharmaceutical patent lawyers conduct thorough assessments, known as freedom-to-operate analyses, to determine whether a product or process might infringe on existing patents. We provide advice on potential risks and strategies to minimize infringement concerns.
  5. Patent Licensing and Transactions: Our pharmaceutical patent lawyers negotiate and draft licensing agreements, which allow clients to use or license patented technology from other companies. We also assist in drafting and negotiating agreements related to collaborations, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and technology transfers involving pharmaceutical patents.
  6. Regulatory Compliance: Pharmaceutical products are subject to various regulations, including those related to intellectual property and data exclusivity. Our patent lawyers advise their clients on compliance with these regulations, including filing deadlines, regulatory data protection, and exclusivity periods.

At Paul & Paul, our pharmaceutical patent lawyers combine their knowledge of intellectual property law, patent prosecution, and the pharmaceutical industry to help clients protect their inventions, navigate complex legal frameworks, and safeguard their rights in the competitive pharmaceutical market.

The Pharmaceutical Patent Attorneys You Need

The attorneys at Paul & Paul are not only knowledgeable patent attorneys, but they also have years of experience with patent protection in the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceuticals market is complex and an experienced pharmaceutical patent attorney will not only have knowledge of patent law but will also have experience with regulatory matters.

Paul & Paul is prepared to protect your company, and the development of new pharmaceuticals, and obtain the patent protection you need to compete in the market without others infringing on your formulations.

If you need a pharmaceutical patent lawyer, contact Paul & Paul for a consultation. Your company must obtain the highest level of patent protection available.

What Our Clients Say

Eric TuchEric Tuch
01:09 26 Jun 20
From the moment I made contact, I was met with professionalism and legal expertise. Alex exceeded my expectations and continues to guide me as I need assistance. I am extremely grateful for his detail in preparing my application, as I was overwhelmed with excitement while reviewing the final draft. If you are seeking intellectual property protection, Paul and Paul provides exceptional service to help you move in the right direction.
Barry RuderBarry Ruder
19:14 16 Sep 19
Fantastic service, appreciate how they follow up to make sure I do not miss deadlines
Ginny BlairGinny Blair
02:57 31 May 19
Sherrill MoseeSherrill Mosee
21:29 06 Mar 19
Paul and Paul is a great firm to work with, especially if you’re an entrepreneur. I’ve been working with the firm since 2013 and have two patents to show. What I love most about Paul and Paul is that they are a boutique firm. The level of attention I get from my attorney, Mr. Sluzas, is likely not found at a larger firm. My questions and concerns are typically answered within hours of my request, if not sooner. If you’re looking for a firm that is experienced, respected and responsive to your needs, I suggest Paul and Paul.
Michael AtchisonMichael Atchison
00:35 16 Jan 19
Paul & Paul have done great work for our scientific education company for nearly a decade. They successfully submitted our patent application, which was awarded, and have negotiated several business contracts. Their advice is always outstanding, and they are efficient. Their work is excellent and we’ve been very satisfied and impressed.
Raj RajasekaranRaj Rajasekaran
23:42 10 Mar 18
I have been working with Paul and Paul for the past 4 years. The attorneys here are very capable and accomplish the goals of the project strategically. They are very considerate and supportive of the financial situation of the client. I enjoy working with Alex Sluzas from Paul and Paul and so far my experience has been fabulous. I will strongly recommend Alex Sluzas to any entrepreneur who is looking for an excellent and a honest patent attorney.