Heidi S. Nebel

Heidi is an Intellectual Property attorney with over 25 years of experience obtaining patents and designing IP strategy in the areas of biotechnology, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. She serves as an advocate for her clients and believes that the best results come from working in close association with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office examiners. Heidi obtained patent 6,136,320 entitled Vaccines Expressed in Plants cited in MIT's Technology Review magazine as one of five patents that will transform business and technology. Moreover, Heidi participated in the seminal United States Supreme Court case, Pioneer v. J. E. M. Ag Supply, 534 U. S. 124 (2001), which confirmed the availability of utility patent protection for plants.

From 2004 - 2009, Heidi led the MVS team in a strategic Alliance with Pioneer Hi-Bred International/DuPont. The Alliance involved a novel partnership where MVS attorneys attended business strategy meetings and became educated on long range intellectual property goals of the company. MVS participated and attended in monthly research team meetings for all areas. In exchange, MVS was the exclusive firm for all outside patent work for the company. This involved all technology areas for Pioneer Hi-Bred, and of course, focused primarily on patents in the plant area involving germplasm patents, transgenic protocols, genetically modified plants for both input and out traits, male sterility and many others. This was a great opportunity to provide value added service to one the firm's largest clients.

Agricultural patents in the animal area also form a large part of her practice including animal vaccines, gene editing, and sex selection. Heidi joined the firm in 1991, serves on the firm's management committee and is the chairperson of the Biotechnology/Chemical Practice Group. She manages several of the firm's largest clients and guides client teams to focus on overall business strategies around a solid intellectual property foundation. Heidi also enjoys being an advocate of biotechnology, speaking around the country on important issues in the field.

Heidi is actively involved in the Association of University Technology Managers where she has served on the Board of the Midwest Region for four years and has presented at meetings over the past 15 years. Heidi is the chairperson of the Biotechnology/Chemical practice group and is rated as AV Preeminent® by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Heidi was recently appointed by the United States Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the USDA PVP Advisory Board, to help shape the country’s IP policy for plants. Her clients include over 30 universities and research institutions, as well as fortune 500 companies around the world.



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