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Fay Sharpe LLP

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Management Committee: Joseph D Dreher; James E Scarbrough, Ann M Skerry
Total number of lawyers: 33
Number of lawyers/IP engineers registered to practice at the USPTO: 31

Firm Overview: Protecting Your Intellectual Property
In today’s world, ideas often have more value than the buildings that house them. Just as you need to protect your physical assets, you need to protect your intellectual assets, whether that’s patents, trademarks, copyrights or other intellectual property. Since 1884, that’s all Fay Sharpe has done! To assist your business, Fay Sharpe staff have technical backgrounds spanning chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, biotechnology, electrical engineering, computer sciences, material sciences, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, pharmacy, physics and related disciplines. Fay Sharpe’s practical and knowledgeable professionals provide comprehensive and efficient counsel and take the time to understand your business and what’s important to it and you. Fay Sharpe encourages direct communication with face-to-face meetings, video conferencing and secure web access through a client extranet; and, best of all, Fay Sharpe is easy to work with.

Practice Areas: Comprehensive IP Solutions
Fay Sharpe offers services on everything related to intellectual property, giving you a single point of contact for all of your business’s IP needs, including:
■Searches and due diligence reviews
■Intellectual property protection and strategy analysis
■Validity/right-to-use/infringement opinions
■Application preparation, filing and prosecution before the USPTO and globally

Trademarks/Service Marks/Domain Names:
■Selection, design and use counseling
■Infringement and registration opinions
■Filing and prosecuting applications before the USPTO, state and foreign administrative offices
■Opposition and cancellation proceedings in the USPTO and foreign administrative offices

■Full spectrum practice covering traditional print, music, advertising and art as well as digital delivery

Licensing & Technology Transfer:
■Assistance with practical analyses of intellectual property with an eye for opportunities for licensing to others before protection lapses
■Counseling on licensing agreements and contracts, including know-how and software licenses, and assessment of antitrust implications

Trade Secrets:
■Assessing the applicability, viability and commercial benefits of trade secret protection and how to implement

IP Litigation/Dispute Resolution/Unfair Competition:
■Providing opinions and strategies to evaluate risks, rewards and ramifications of litigation
■Litigation services include patent infringement and interference; post-grant proceedings; trademark opposition and cancellation; copyright infringement; unfair competition; misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information
■Winning is not everything in IP litigation – avoidance, negotiation, settlement, licensing may all be better strategies than protracted and expensive litigation

Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences:
■Hatch-Waxman patent and regulatory exclusivity strategy
■Pharmaceutical lifecycle management
■Paragraph IV Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) and 505b2 New Drug Application (505b2 NDA) filing and launch strategies
■FDA Orange Book exclusivity and forfeiture analysis, FDA Citizen Petition counsel, biosimilar and over-the-counter product filing and launch strategy
■State Boards of Pharmacy and Medicine licensing, and FDA/DEA compliance consultation
■Medical Marijuana/Cannabis Industry

Who does Fay Sharpe work for?

Reflecting the technical expertise of our professionals, Fay Sharpe works in a broad spectrum of industries including Biotech; Chemical Sciences; Computer Software / Internet; Electrical; Computer Engineering; Green Energy; Clean Tech; Mechanical / Manufacturing; Automotive; Medical / Medical Devices / Biomedical; Pharmaceutical / Life Sciences; Not for profits; and Universities.

Within these industries, Fay Sharpe represents some of the top names in technology & innovation spanning Fortune 500 and mid-level companies to emerging technology startups and serial inventors. The firm’s clients include Xerox Corporation / Conduent; Nokia Corporation; Cooper Tire & Rubber, CooperStandard Automotive; Cleveland State University; Johnson & Johnson; Materion Corporation; Nicklaus Companies, LLC; Philips Medical Systems; Rockwell Automation; ShurTech Brands, LLC; The Ohio State University; and Battelle Memorial among others.

Protecting Innovation:
Fay Sharpe is dedicated to protecting the ideas and innovations that form the core of your business. Fay Sharpe is committed to a successful partnership that is based on meeting your IP needs not only today, but for the future as your business continues to grow.