After earning a Ph.D. in chemistry, I began a 17-year career in drug development in the pharmaceutical industry working as an internal science adviser, chemistry and patent searcher, and patent agent. I worked closely with my clients addressing their scientific needs to read between the lines and give them the best possible results. My natural insight into client needs has become a theme throughout my work.
When the time came for a career upgrade, I concluded that law school was the best fit for my natural talents. I loved the combination of research, insight, writing, and partnering with clients to help them succeed. Combining chemistry and law gives me a powerful understanding of both technical and legal issues, which gives my clients a distinct advantage over their competitors.
Since becoming a lawyer, I have worked at major IP firms, boutique patent prosecution firms, and as an in-house IP counsel for a privately held technology company with interests in generic drugs, biotech, and green energy.
At Cittone & Chinta, I enjoy bringing a high level of expertise to my clients’ scientific, technical, legal, and business issues to help them achieve their business objectives.
If you are a General Counsel or in-house lawyer this means:
- Keeping the company out of court
- Receiving high quality work on time and on budget
- Being able to delegate and with confidence know the work is being handled well
- Ensuring you deliver results to management and investors
- Providing peace of mind around deadlines
- Getting a combination of technical and legal expertise to address complex subject matter
If you are bringing an invention to market this means:
- Beating the competition — increasing market share
- Getting products to market faster — earning income sooner
- Protecting products and brands from competitors
- Drafting license agreements and contracts that protect intellectual property
When your work is going well, it affects everything in your life. My job, which I love, is taking care of the legal issues allowing you to focus on building your business and achieve your goals.
Services that I provide:
- Patent prosecution
- Patent litigation
- Expertise in Hatch-Waxman (generic drug) law, including “paragraph IV” notice letters and Orange Book patent strategies
- Patent opinions
- IP strategies
- IP licenses
Other things to know about me:
- Graduate of Fordham Law School
- Member of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal
- Admitted in New York, New Jersey and the USPTO
- Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Colorado Boulder, 1988
- Key publications/Presentations:
- Preparations of Two Pivotal Intermediates for the Synthesis of β-Methyl-Carbapenem Antibiotics (Tetrahedron Report No. 387). Tetrahedron, 1996, 52, 331-375. DOI: 10.1016/0040-4020(95)00842-X
- Markush Structures in Patents, in The Encyclopedia of Computational Chemistry; Schleyer, P. v. R.; Allinger, N. L., Clark, T.; Gasteiger, J.; Kollman, P. A.; Schaefer III, H. F.; Schreiner, P. R., Eds.; John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 1998, vol 3, pp. 1552-1559.
- Antitrust Aspects of the “Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals” Act: Incentives for Generics Out the Window? 16 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J., 1305 (2006) (Student Note)
- Federal Circuit Case Law Review: Recent Developments in § 101 Patentable Subject Matter. Spring 2012 American Chemical Society Meeting, March 25–26, 2012.
- Recent Federal Circuit Case Law Review. Patent Subject Matter Eligilibilty In View Of Mayo v. Prometheus and Assn. Mol. Path. v. Myriad. Fall 2015 American Chemical Society Meeting, August 16-20, 2015 (Boston, MA).
- Allocation of Intellectual Property Rights in Research Agreements, NYIPLA One-day CLE, Jan. 17, 2013
- Over ten years’ experience in the generic drug industry
- Regular speaker at the American Chemical Society biannual meetings
- Active member of New York Intellectual Property Law Assoc.
- Member of American Bar Association
- Member of New York State Bar Association
- Experienced in a wide variety of technology areas. Some representative cases:
- U.S. Patent No. 7,709,232
- U.S. Patent No. 8,093,032
- U.S. Patent No. 7,897,179
- U.S. Patent No. 8,545,882
- U.S. Patent No. 7,526,074
- U.S. Patent No. 7,572,362
- U.S. Patent Publication No. US2012/0260886