Biddeford, ME (PRWEB) March 28, 2011
Attorney Wayne A. Keown joins Furman Gregory Deptula as Of Counsel to lead the intellectual property and patent law practice. He will be based in the firm’s Biddeford, Maine office.
Dr. Keown brings over 20 years of experience as a patent prosecutor, with a strong background in Pharma/Biotech matters. His experience includes licensing, litigation and due diligence as well as in U.S. and European patent office and court proceedings, Pharma/Biotech collaboration agreements and public and private investments. Wayne has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of US chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device patent applications and directed their prosecution throughout the world, using a wide network of foreign associates. He has counseled various start-up companies in the development of their patent portfolios and overseen a very large patent portfolio as in-house patent counsel. Wayne’s in-house counsel and start-up company experiences have given him experience in patent budgets and in the numerous ways in which patents may be used to maximum value in university and small company settings. Additionally, he has negotiated and drafted multi-million dollar patent and know-how licenses between biotechnology companies and between biotechnology companies and some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Wayne has assisted both investors and issuers in private stock placements, initial public offerings and follow-on private and public offerings with due diligence of patent portfolios as a part of portfolio and company acquisitions.
Prior to joining Furman Gregory Deptula, Wayne’s legal career included working for a firm in the Portland, ME area, founding a small patent law firm in Massachusetts as well as practicing patent law as a senior partner with Hale and Dorr in Boston. Wayne holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Illinois and brings his extensive knowledge of biology, pharmaceuticals, chemistry and medical technology to his patent law practice. He is admitted in Massachusetts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
“I am pleased to have Wayne join us,” states Karin Gregory, Managing Partner. “His extensive patent experience solidifies our innovative integration of patent law and IP with our corporate law practice.”
About Furman Gregory Deptula
Furman Gregory Deptula, with offices in Boston, MA and Biddeford, ME, provides emerging growth companies with experienced business and legal advice. FGD represents clients in the areas of technology, software, biotech, medical devices, diagnostics, specialty food, telecom, and internet as well as the creative arts, retail and services sectors. The firm also provides expert corporate and regulatory advice to health care and research institutions and other non-profit organizations throughout the New England region.
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