About Me

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