Joseph P. Meara

Joseph P. Meara, Ph.D., is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Dr. Meara counsels clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries on domestic and international intellectual property strategies. He is a member of the firm's Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice and Life Sciences Industry Team.

Dr. Meara’s practice extends to all aspects of patent procurement, non-infringement, freedom to operate and invalidity opinions, due diligence, licensing and IP portfolio management. In addition, Dr. Meara has been actively involved in appeals to the Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as Patent Office Trials, serving as lead counsel for inter partes review proceedings both opposing and defending patents.

Dr. Meara’s practice spans a wide array of technical areas including pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology, molecular biology and personalized medicine. Dr. Meara also has extensive experience in renewable energy technology including biofuels, and chemical and biochemical fields such as peptides, proteins, organic and enzymatic synthetic methods, catalysts, electrochemicals, composites, adhesives and polymers.

Dr. Meara's scientific experience includes several leadership positions at Molecumetics, Ltd., a start-up pharmaceutical company, where he served as intellectual property manager, project leader, and senior scientist. His research involved the design and synthesis of protease inhibitors, including antithrombotics and antibacterials. His chemical knowledge includes organic and peptide synthesis, combinatorial chemistry, and the use of solid-phase and high-throughput synthesis techniques in the creation of complex heterocyclic compounds.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Chemical and 2) Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical
Law School University of Wisconsin - Madison
Admitted Year 2002
Education the University of Wisconsin - Madison Ph.D. ( Medicinal Chemistry )
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of Wisconsin
Most recent firm Foley & Lardner LLP
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