Biotechnology Patents

Biotechnology Patents Team:

Biotechnology Patents Licensing

Patricia A. Sweeney - Of Counsel

Biotechnology Patents Chemical Patents Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Patents Trademarks

Heidi S. Nebel

Biotechnology Patents Chemical Patents Software and Business Methods Patents Licensing Regulatory Law

Cassie J. Edgar

Biotechnology Patents Chemical Patents Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Patents Licensing

Jill N. Link, Pharm.D.

Biotechnology Patents Chemical Patents Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Patents Trademarks Litigation Trade Secrets Copyright and Media Law

Jonathan L. Kennedy

Biotechnology Patents Chemical Patents Trademarks Litigation Trade Secrets

Sarah M. Luth

Biotechnology Patents Chemical Patents

Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.

Biotechnology Patents Chemical Patents

Tina G. Yin Sowatzke, Pharm.D.

Biotechnology Patents Chemical Patents Mechanical Patents

Julie L. Spieker

Biotechnology Patents Chemical Patents Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Patents

Brian D. Keppler, Ph.D.

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 three 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  Gene Editing Technology        
Microbial Strains         
Cancer Treatments 
Transgenic Cells        
Crop Protection  Vaccines  Plant Variety Protection 
Novel Proteins  Immunology  Animal Therapeutics
Plant Breeder’s Rights  
Plant Patents  Pest Resistance  Genotyping  Novel Genes 
Food and Feed   Plant Traits & Varieties
Genetic Markers & Breeding 



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

Biotechnology Patents Practice Group Chair: Heidi S. Nebel

MVS Biotechnology Publications:

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

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