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Zelano   Zelano

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Opinions and Analysis re: Patentability, Infringement, Validity, Freedom-to-Operate and Due Diligence, Patent Portfolio Management and Strategy, Preparation and Prosecution of Domestic and International Utility Patents

Biochemicals, Biotechnology, Chemical, Health and Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals and Polymers

Anthony Zelano is a Director who focuses his practice in the areas of chemistry and biotechnology. Mr. Zelano joined the firm in 1977 as its fourth attorney after the firm was founded by John White and William Millen in 1969.

As managing partner of the firm in the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Zelano had major responsibility for the steady growth of the firm in that period. He was also responsible for a significant amount of the firm’s client development during that period, bringing in steady work from major pharmaceutical and chemical companies that continue as the firm’s clients today. He also took the initiative in successfully bringing a trademark group to the firm in 2001.

Since the late 1970s, Mr. Zelano took the lead for the firm’s clients in pursuing proceedings known as patent interferences. Patent interferences are a type of patent proceeding in which two companies each claimed the right to own a patent. Interferences are being phased out by the America Invents Act of 2011 and were replaced by somewhat similar proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including derivation, inter partes review and post-grant review proceedings.

Mr. Zelano also has extensive experience in patent drafting, prosecution, strategy, licensing, due diligence, and validity/infringement counseling.

Providence College (B.S. Chemistry, summa cum laude 1965)
Brown University (Ph.D. Physical Chemistry 1970)
Georgetown University School of Law (J.D. 1977)

Membership and Affiliations
Former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

Virginia State Bar (1977)
District of Columbia Bar (1978)

Teaching Experience
Taught Chemical and Biotech Patent Practice at the George Mason School of Law.

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Jeff Smith
Michael S. Culver
Scott J. Major

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Brion P. Heaney
Csaba Henter
Diana Hamlet-Cox, Ph.D.
Harry B. Shubin
Jennifer Branigan
John A. Sopp
Larry S. Millstein, Ph.D.
Richard J. Traverso
Ryan Pool
William ("Bill") Nixon
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