Chemistry, Material Sciences, and Nanotechnology

Overview

Chemical industry participants must contend with a multitude of challenges, from the need to be safer, cost-effective, and more “green” at the breakneck speed of technological advancement. Leveraging proven business acumen, rigorous scientific training, and knowledge about industry and markets obtained through decades of working with our clients, we help convert bench research into valuable assets with commercial longevity.

McKee, Voorhees & Sease has an exceptional track record of success helping innovators of all sizes – from universities and startups to Fortune 100 companies – protect, defend, and monetize their chemical discoveries. For decades, we have served both industrial- and consumer-focused clients, gaining wide-ranging experience in chemistry’s diverse commercial applications. Our lawyers also devote significant time to industry participation – from holding leadership roles in organizations such as the American Chemical Society to monitoring the latest trends – allowing us to offer clients knowledgeable and concrete legal counsel.

Our capabilities include:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Chiral chemistry
  • Semiconductor materials and fabrication
  • Organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Compositional chemistry
  • Metallurgy
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Polymer science
  • Material science
  • Pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals (link to industry page)

We aim to build long-lasting, collaborative relationships, starting with evaluating our clients’ goals and the competitive environment. We take a strategic approach to drafting patents, advising as to trademark rights, and licensing agreements, envisioning all possible avenues of commercialization to capture the broadest possible scope. Our ability to maximize the potential value of early-stage technology minimizes competition and provides companies with a valuation that invites further investment.

Clients also value our global perspective on chemical patent preparation and prosecution. Besides successfully managing worldwide patent portfolios for complex chemical technologies, we regularly advise clients on validity and potential infringement points regarding global markets.

Services include:

  • Global IP portfolio management and advising
  • Patentability searches and opinions
  • Trademarks and branding
  • Drafting and negotiating licensing agreements
  • Freedom-to-operate analysis and opinions
  • Due diligence for mergers and acquisitions
  • Invention disclosure patentability and sufficiency of information to proceed with a patent
  • Competitive landscape audits
  • Litigation enforcement and defense
  • Strategic development analysis and preparation
  • Preparation and filing of patent applications in U.S. and overseeing global patent portfolio

Experience

  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,933,263 “WATER TEMPERATURE AS A MEANS OF CONTROLLING KINETICS OF ONSITE GENERATED PERACIDS”
  • U.S. Pat. No. 10,463, 041 “TRIAMINE SOLIDIFICATION USING DIACIDS”
  • Prepared and prosecuted U.S. Pat. No. US 10,266,694 B2, “USE OF SOY FLOUR IN RESIN FORMULATIONS USED TO MANUFACTURE ENGINEERED WOOD COMPOSITES”
  • Prepared and prosecuted U.S. Pat No. US 10,238,108 B2, “ACIDIC BIOFILM REMEDIATION”
  • Prepared and prosecuted U.S. Pat. No. US 10,221,117 B2, “POLYCARBONATES HAVING SUPERIOR DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES SUITABLE FOR ENERGY DENSE CAPACITORS”
  • Prepared and prosecuted U.S. Pat. No.10,080,383 B2, “TOBACCO MATERIAL AND TREATMENT THEREOF”
  • Prepared and prosecuted U.S. Pat. No. US 10,035,975 B2, “STEARYL AND LAURYL DIMONIUMHYDROXY SLKYL POLYGLUCOSIDES FOR ENHANCED FOOD SOIL REMOVAL”
  • U.S. Pat. No. 10,221,117 “POLYCARBONATES HAVING SUPERIOR DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES SUITABLE FOR ENERGY DENSE CAPACITORS”
  • U.S. Pat. No. 10,408,790 “BUNDLED FIBER OPTIC CAPILLARY ELECTROPHORESIS DETECTION SYSTEM”
  • U.S. Pat. No. 10,064,994 “AUTOMATIC INSULIN DELIVERY SYSTEM”
  • U.S. Pat. No. 9,024,106 “DEGRADATION OF PHOSPHATE ESTERS BY HIGH OXIDATION STATE MOLYBDENUM COMPLEXES”
  • U.S. Pat. No. 9,353,335 “HIGH ALKALINE WAREWASH DETERGENT WITH ENHANCED SCALE CONTROL AND SOIL DISPERSION”
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,375,343 “ALMGB14 AND RELATED ICOSAHEDRAL BORIDE SEMICONDUCTING MATERIALS FOR NEUTRON SENSING APPLICATIONS”
  • U.S. Pat. No. 6,921,422 “DUCTILE BINDER PHASE FOR USE WITH ALMGB14 AND OTHER HARD MATERIALS”
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,172,641 “ULTRA-HARD BORIDE-BASED METAL MATRIX REINFORCEMENT”
  • U.S. Pat. Nos. 10,087,108 and 9,908,814 “CEMENTITIOUS COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME”

Chemistry, Material Sciences, and Nanotechnology Team

Edmund J. Sease

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Glenn Johnson

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Heidi S. Nebel

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Jill N. Link, Pharm.D.

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Jonathan L. Kennedy

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Sarah M.D. Luth

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Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.

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Tina G. Yin Sowatzke, Pharm.D.

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Julie L. Spieker

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