Technology based on, or delivered through, use of living systems.
Biotechnology is deployed in numerous industries from medicines to food and energy.
Many of our people have science degrees. Crucially we understand the science and how it is used and exploited. This is the advantage Olswang brings to its clients. Recognising that biotechnology is often platform-based, having multiple applications, we enable our clients to protect or spot new commercialisation and exploitation opportunities.
Through our knowledge and understanding we scrutinize the basis of any transaction or sale to ensure that our clients are not over-selling or under-selling their assets. We work with our clients to test the rationale for the price and look for ways to improve and assert intellectual property rights to maximise returns.
Our patent attorneys are highly familiar with biotechnology (those involved having obtained advanced degrees in related subjects), its application and the importance of seeing beyond its immediate use. This translates into the advice they deliver in patent drafting and prosecution activities.
We advise on all legal aspects concerning the development, use, exploitation and protection of biotechnology, including:
- Development and R&D agreements;
- Licensing and partnering;
- Acquisition and disposal;
- Regulatory and safety issues;
- Patent: FTO, filing and prosecution;
- IP enforcement, defence and challenges;
- Anti-trust and competition.
We act for a number of leading companies at the forefront of biotechnology development and exploitation covering products within pharmaceuticals, food technology, diagnostics and testing and green energy. Our clients return to us for guidance and counselling recognising the skills that we can bring to their team.