Monday, June 14, 2010

Fish & Richardson Expands San Diego Life Science, Bio and Pharma Practice With Top Patent Attorneys

Fish & Richardson, one of the world’s leading intellectual property and business litigation law firms, is please to announce that patent attorney Teresa A. Lavoie and patent litigator Jon Singer are moving to the firm’s Southern California office.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) June 15, 2010 -- Fish & Richardson, one of the world’s leading intellectual property and business litigation law firms, is please to announce that patent attorney Teresa A. Lavoie and patent litigator Jon Singer are moving to the firm’s Southern California office.
“Fish & Richardson has experienced tremendous growth in our pharmaceutical and biotech IP litigation practice over the past two years,” states Roger Denning, managing principal of the firm’s Southern California practice. “The local life sciences community is rich with innovation and this is a natural place for us to increase our bandwidth to handle even more of this type of work.”

“In 2009, Fish filed ten new Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA) cases in courts throughout the country, and patent prosecution work for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients has been one of our busiest practices,” adds Denning.

Singer is the national leader of Fish’s pharmaceutical and biotech litigation practice. He joined Fish in 1997 and is relocating half-time to San Diego from Twin Cities. Lavoie has been with Fish for nine years in the firm’s Twin Cities’ office. Both Singer and Lavoie will divide their time between the firm’s California and Twin Cities offices.

“Our San Diego bio/pharma team has always been robust,” states Denning. “Adding two more high-level attorneys – including the litigation leader – will broaden our foundation for serving clients.”

Known for premier services in intellectual property law, Fish & Richardson attorneys have served as leading advisors to pioneers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life sciences fields for more than a century. For two consecutive years, the firm has been named the top US law firm for life sciences and biotechnology work by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Lavoie holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Princeton University. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to law school, Lavoie was an intellectual property specialist for Epix Pharmaceuticals.

With an in-depth ability to understand the fundamental science involved in biotech, pharma, and chemistry innovations and her in-house counsel expertise, Lavoie is a proven asset to start-ups and mid-stage companies.
In her practice, Lavoie represents a range of clients from industry to academia. Her practice focuses on client counseling and strategic portfolio development, patent opinions, due diligence and freedom-to-operate studies, and patent prosecution in the chemical arts. She also has extensive experience in the areas of pharmaceuticals, drug formulation, and drug delivery technologies.

Over the years, Singer has developed a specialty in biotech/pharmaceutical litigation, taking a Hatch-Waxman case to trial in Delaware, along with San Diego principal Juanita Brooks, just last month. His current docket includes over a dozen Hatch-Waxman cases for a variety of clients. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials, as well as many appearances before administrative and arbitration panels, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Singer was recognized as a Minnesota Lawyer "Attorney of the Year" in 2007 and 2009 and was named as a Band 1 attorney by Chambers, USA for intellectual property litigation in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He was also named to the "2006 BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms," which honors attorneys whom corporate counsel have identified as providing outstanding client service.

Singer holds a degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and a law degree with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.

About Fish & Richardson
Fish & Richardson is a leading global law firm with 400 attorneys and technology specialists practicing intellectual property strategy and counseling, intellectual property litigation, and business litigation. Fish does cutting-edge legal work for innovative clients who value their intellectual property. The firm was recently named top patent prosecution firm (Managing Intellectual Property, February 2010) and named a finalist for top IP litigation department of the year (American Lawyer, January 2010). Fish handles more patent litigation than any other law firm (IP Law & Business, September 2009), is the number one IP firm for America’s biggest companies (Corporate Counsel, September 2009), and was named the number one firm in the world for PCT filings (Managing Intellectual Property, October 2009). The firm also handled two of the top ten most important IP cases of 2009 (Managing Intellectual Property, January 2010). For more information, visit


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