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David Resnick is the team leader of the Patent group and he works with startup and established companies, as well as major U.S. research institutions, to develop comprehensive patent strategies to protect their intellectual property.

What do you focus on?

My practice is focused on strategic portfolio management, patent prosecution, transactional matters and associated client counseling. I manage the patent portfolios of some of the leading U.S. research institutions and domestic and international corporations. I also represent some of the world’s most recognized life sciences corporations before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I have extensive experience in the life sciences and have particular experience in the areas of pharmacogenomics, proteomics and disease biomarkers and their application in the evolving field of personalized medicine.

I’ve written articles on patent prosecution practice, personalized medicine and technology issues for Nature Biotechnology, The Journal of Biolaw & Business, Personalized Medicine and other publications. I’m also a member of the editorial board of Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst.

Strategic portfolio management

I regularly assist clients in building and evaluating their intellectual property portfolios as well as in evaluating the intellectual property held by competitors. I regularly conduct freedom-to-operate analyses and prepare infringement and validity opinions involving complex and cutting-edge technologies.

Patent prosecution

I assist clients with patent prosecution in the areas of:

  • Molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and immunology
  • Pharmaceuticals, including oncology
  • Diagnostics
  • Stem cells/regenerative medicine
  • Medical devices
  • Microfluidic devices

Transactions and related counseling

I work closely with my clients to identify and analyze acquisition targets and regularly conduct due diligence related to potential acquisitions.

What do you see on the horizon?

In the aftermath of the Prometheus decision, and until such time as further judicial decisions provide greater clarity, I foresee that many life sciences companies will continue to struggle with respect to what qualifies as patent-eligible subject matter.

Representative Matters

  • Led due diligence on intellectual property matters in connection with a significant investment by a U.S. VC in an international diagnostic/personalized medicine company.
  • Provide a broad range of patent services (including patent portfolio management) to a large institute involved in regenerative medicine (stem cells); assist the institute in devising and executing strategies that will extract the greatest value from their IP and also assist them in maneuvering around other people’s patents.
  • Helped develop a patent portfolio for an institute of a large research university that is conducting high-stakes research focused on engineering materials and devices with applications in medicine, energy, manufacturing, and the environment; work closely with the client’s inventors on protecting break-through technologies.

Recent Publications

  • Co-author of a stem cell book chapter in The Delivery of Regenerative Medicines and Their Impact on Healthcare
  • “Global Protection of Personalized Medicine Innovation” (D.S. Resnick and L.H. Karttunen Contarino), submitted for publication, 2011
  • “U.S. PTO Restriction Practice: Personalized medicine claims with SNPs” (D.S. Resnick, L.H. Karttunen Contarino), June 13, 2011
  • “Protecting personalized medicine innovation in China and India: Are diagnostic methods patentable?” (D.S. Resnick, L.H. Karttunen Contarino), May 17, 2011
  • “The Federal Circuit reaffirms separate written description and enablement requirements under the patent statute” (D.S. Resnick, R.I. Eisenstein, and M. FitzGerald), March 23, 2010

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “Patent Eligibility of Biomarkers and Diagnostic Methods,” Policy Committee Meeting, Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), Washington, DC, December 6, 2011
  • “Analyzing and Resolving the Difficulties of Claiming Joint Infringement After Akamai and McKesson,” Practical Strategies for Prosecuting and Litigating Biotech Patents in a Rapidly Shifting Legal Environment, 13th Advanced Forum on Biotech Patents, Boston, MA, December 1, 2011
  • Update on U.S. case law and the new Patent Act, 2011 CIPA Life Sciences Conference, The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Warwickshire, United Kingdom, November 17–18, 2011
  • “Overview of IP Due Diligence—The Basics,” “Industry-Specific Due Diligence Issues: Life Sciences Industry, Patents Dominant IP,” and “Valuation Issues,” Conducting IP Due Diligence and Ascertaining IP Value, Boston, MA, October 28, 2011

Media Clips

  • ‘Wheelchair Man' tells a real-life superhero story
    Boston Globe | October 7, 2016
    Boston intellectual property partner David Resnick is mentioned in this article as legal counsel to Mohammad Sayed, a young inventor from Afghanistan who is developing adaptive products and a comic book series to inspire people with disabilities and to raise awareness in cultures that keep disabled individuals hidden from view. Boston public company transactions associate Tevia Pollard and labor and employment associate Matt Frankel work with David on this pro bono matter.
  • Marijuana Patent Applications Face Tough Road at USPTO
    Law360 | January 8, 2015
    Boston IP Counseling & Transactions partner David Resnick is quoted in this article discussing potential challenges facing those applying for new types of marijuana plant patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


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