Accomplished Patent Attorney, Dr. Melissa Hunter-Ensor, Joins Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property Group in Boston

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Dr. Hunter-Ensor is Joined by Elbert C. Chiang, Ph.D.; Together they Bolster IP Group’s Strong Life Sciences Industry Experience

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added Dr. Melissa Hunter-Ensor as a shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Group in the Boston office. She is joined by registered patent agent, Elbert C. Chiang, Ph.D. Both Dr. Hunter-Ensor and Dr. Chiang were previously at Saul Ewing LLP in Boston.

Dr. Hunter-Ensor is a registered patent attorney who focuses her practice on the intellectual property (IP) and commercial needs of clients in the life science industry, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, agricultural, diagnostics, and medical device companies. She has experience representing clients throughout the business cycle, from start-ups and universities to global pharmaceutical companies, with patent portfolio management and strategic alliances, as well as litigation and pre-litigation strategy. She also assists venture capital firms and other investors in assessing the IP risks of target investments and conducts IP patent and licensing due diligence in connection with life science technology transactions.

Before becoming a lawyer, Dr. Hunter-Ensor earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and her thesis research resulted in a first author paper in Cell. She followed this accomplishment with a four-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology laboratory of Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz where she was a Jane Coffin Childs fellow.

Dr. Chiang is a registered patent agent who focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, particularly for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the United States and abroad. He also has experience drafting and assisting on legal opinions related to patentability, freedom to operate, invalidity, and infringement. He has a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, both in molecular biology.

Terence P. McCourt, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Boston office, said, “Dr. Hunter-Ensor is a well-known and accomplished IP lawyer, and we are delighted that she is joining our firm. We look forward to the depth and sophistication of skill and experience that she will bring to our Boston office and the Greenberg Traurig practice worldwide. We welcome her and Dr. Chiang to the team.”

“Greenberg Traurig is a great fit for my practice,” said Dr. Hunter-Ensor. “The global firm is well-known for its collaborative culture and entrepreneurial approach, and the IP Group is recognized for its work in life sciences and medical technologies. I look forward to being part of this growing team.”

“Dr. Hunter-Ensor brings high level expertise to Greenberg Traurig’s Global Life Sciences & Medical Technology Group and the Boston office,” said David J. Dykeman, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s global Life Sciences & Medical Technology Group, and co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group in Boston. “Dr. Hunter-Ensor and Dr. Chiang bolster Greenberg Traurig’s IP practice in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology which are important sectors in today’s innovation economy.”

About Greenberg Traurig’s Life Sciences & Medical Technology Group

Greenberg Traurig’s Life Sciences & Medical Technology Group advises clients ranging from startups to large multinational public companies to leading research institutions. The group’s attorneys work closely with clients, providing innovative legal counsel to help them achieve their objectives – from discovery through commercialization and product marketing.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Boston Office

Established in 1999, Greenberg Traurig’s Boston office is home to more than 65 attorneys practicing in the areas of corporate, emerging technology, governmental affairs, intellectual property, labor and employment, life sciences and medical technology, litigation, public finance, and real estate. An important contributor to the firm's international platform, the Boston office includes a team of nationally recognized attorneys with both public and private sector experience. The team offers clients the value of decades of legal experience and hands-on knowledge of the local business community, supported by the firm's vast network of global resources.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1,900 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is No. 1 on the 2015 Law360 Most Charitable Firms list, second largest in the U.S. on the 2016 Law360 400, Top 20 on the 2015 Am Law Global 100, and among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite. More information at:

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