Biotechnology Patents

The patent process for biotechnology inventions can be complex, inventions in this area are often embryonic and require foresight to effectively protect downstream commercial products. The MVS Biotechnology practice group’s specialized training, industry knowledge, and technical experience help clients all over the world overcome such complexities to effectively protect their biotechnology inventions. Because countries have widely varying biotechnology patent laws, we have the experience and team to prosecute and protect these patents all over the world and can craft a strategy to protect your innovations both at home and abroad.

The attorneys in the MVS Biotechnology practice group have degrees varying in molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and related fields. Four have Doctorate level advanced degrees, and two have Masters level advanced degrees. The biotechnology patent group is headed by two attorneys with over 65 years of combined experience in biotechnology, including over 25 years of specific industry experience.

Our team has experience in protecting, strategizing, and licensing of all aspects of biotechnology including:

  • CRISPR
  • Transgenic Cells
  • Novel Proteins
  • Plant Patents
  • Food and Feed
  • Gene Editing
  • Crop Protection
  • Immunology
  • Pest Resistance
  • Plant Traits & Varieties
  • Microbial Strains
  • Vaccines
  • Animal Therapeutics
  • Genotyping
  • Genetic Markers

MVS attorneys represent all types of biotech clients from start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies. We have been members of AUTM, the Association of University Technology Managers, for decades. This longstanding involvement has allowed us to cultivate and grow business relationships with over 30 universities, technology transfer offices, and research foundations and their licensees. Clients we have worked on biotechnology matters for range from universities all over the world to biotechnology companies right here in Iowa.

  • Iowa State University Research Foundation
  • Iowa State University
  • Boise State University
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Colorado State University Research Foundation
  • University of Zurich
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Michigan State University Technologies
  • University of Iowa
  • Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, Inc.
  • The University of Alberta
  • Hortus Research, LLC
  • Barkley Ag Enterprises, LLP
  • MS Technologies, Inc.
  • Agri-King, Inc.
  • General Vaccines
  • PathoVacs, Inc.
  • Cal Poly State University
  • Immunom Technologies, Inc.
  • Zoetis, Inc.
  • The South Dakota State University
  • Ohio State Innovation Foundation
  • University of North Dakota
  • Genus/ABS Global
  • Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc.
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Texas A&M University
  • Stine Seed Farm
  • Biologix Research Corporation
  • BlueRock Therapeutics, LP
  • Bay State Milling Company
  • Central Valley Seeds, Inc.
  • Infinite Enzymes
  • University of California, Davis
  • Calyxt, Inc.
  • Applied Biotechnology Institute
  • Prairie Pharms, LLC & Moss Buster, LLC

We have worked with clients across the globe to provide biotechnology intellectual property protection.

We have worked with clients across the globe to provide biotechnology intellectual property protection.

Biotechnology Patents Team

Heidi S. Nebel

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Patricia A. Sweeney – Of Counsel

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Cassie J. Edgar

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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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Brian D. Keppler, Ph.D.

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Julie L. Spieker

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