Wiley Rein Adds Biotech Patent Group To IP Practice; Announces Pro Bono Wins

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:35

Wiley Rein has announced that A. Neal Seth, Lawrence M. Sung, and Mary Sylvia have joined the firm as partners in its esteemed Intellectual Property Practice. The team – which brings a dynamic combination of scientific credentials and legal acumen – will advise clients on patent litigation strategy and appeals, patent prosecution and portfolio matters, dispute settlements, and technology transfer in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices, and chemical industries. The group, which comes to Wiley Rein from BakerHostetler, has a diverse background serving major companies, as well as start-ups. All three partners are registered patent attorneys. Mr. Seth focuses on patent litigation and appeals. Mr. Sung has 20 years of experience in patent counseling, litigation, and technology transfer. Ms. Sylvia has nearly 30 years of experience in microbiology and patent law and was trained as a molecular biologist.

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In January, Wiley Rein won a significant victory for a disabled pro bono client. A Social Security Administration (SSA) administrative law judge (ALJ) reinstated the client’s wrongfully terminated and withheld benefits dating back to 2005. Roger H. Miksad worked with the client to start the appeals process in 2008 as a Wiley Rein summer associate. When he returned to the firm as an associate, he once again picked up the case. The Wiley Rein team working with the client included partner Mark B. Sweet, alumni partner Bill McGrath, and Mr. Miksad and fellow associate, Christen M. Price.

In another case, Wiley Rein attorney Ari Meltzer recently secured a pro bono success in a child custody case on behalf of a client. Mr. Meltzer was able to negotiate a favorable agreement for his client, a mother seeking custody and financial support from the child’s biological father. The father agreed to pay retroactively the full support amount sought by the mother, who was granted temporary legal and physical custody of the child. A hearing is scheduled for April 24, 2014, at which the child’s care will be reevaluated.

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Richard W. Smith, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Commercial Litigation Practice, has been named a 2014 “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group. Mr. Smith was one of 330 “innovative” attorneys recognized for “delivering the absolute best client service” in BTI’s 13th annual survey. In selecting its list of standout attorneys, BTI draws solely upon the nominations of corporate General Counsel from larger and Fortune 1,000 companies, and then conducts its own independent research. BTI is a leading provider of strategic market research for professional services firms.