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