Former Patent Office Solicitor and Judge Joins Rothwell Figg

Friday, January 11, 2008 General News
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.announced today that Dr. Nancy J. Linck will join the firm in an Of Counselposition, effective Feb. 4, 2008. Dr. Linck has served as the former Solicitorand later an Administrative Patent Judge at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office(USPTO), former Deputy General Counsel, IP & Trade, for the BiotechnologyIndustry Organization (BIO), and Senior Vice President, Intellectual Propertyand Regulatory Affairs and Chief Compliance Counsel, for GuilfordPharmaceuticals.

Dr. Linck commented that, "Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck will provide anexceptional environment for me to return to private practice, and I amdelighted to join what I have long regarded as one of the nation's leadingintellectual property law firms."

"Rothwell Figg has, over many years, developed a strong biotechnology andpharmaceutical practice, and Nancy's extensive intellectual property expertisein these fields will help us expand our reach and continue to offer excellentservice to our clients in these industries," Tony Figg of Rothwell, Figg,Ernst & Manbeck, P.C. said. "Nancy is one of the country's top IP lawyers,and her experience in private and corporate practice, as a frequent advocatefor the USPTO in the Federal Circuit, and as a member of the Board of PatentAppeals and Interferences puts her in an extraordinary position to representand counsel clients in a wide range of capacities."

The addition of Dr. Linck to the Rothwell Figg team is particularly timelyin light of upcoming changes in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets.An estimated $29 billion worth of pharmaceutical patents are set to expire inthe next two years, which will likely result in an increase in patent disputesas companies attempt to protect or extend their patents. Rothwell Figg will bewell-positioned to advise companies on these matters.

Before becoming Solicitor at the USPTO, Nancy was a partner at Cushman,Darby & Cushman. In addition, Dr. Linck has corporate experience working bothas a patent attorney for Monsanto and a chemist at Dow Chemical Company.

Other legal experience includes training as a mediator in the FederalCircuit's Pilot Mediation Program, serving as a consultant and expert witnessin numerous patent cases in federal courts and in the FTC, and teaching law atboth the Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington UniversitySchool of Law.

Dr. Linck received her J.D. from Western New England College School of Lawand her Ph.D. and M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University ofCalifornia, San Diego. She also holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the Universityof California, Berkeley, and expects to receive an M.S. in Biotechnology fromJohns Hopkins University later this year.

Her bar membership includes the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appealsfor the Federal Circuit, District of Columbia, U.S. Patent and TrademarkOffice, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

About Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.

Based in Washington, D.C., Rothwell Figg is one of the nation's topintellectual property law firms. The firm specializes in litigation,counseling, copyright, licensing and transactions, patent prosecution, tradedress, trademarks, and unfair competition. In addition to its patent andtrademark prosecution, licensing and intellectual property counselingpractices, the firm has handled a large number of complex and high-profilepatent litigations before U.S. federal district courts and courts of appealsand the U.S. International Trade Commission, interference actions before theU.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and has argued patent appeals before theU.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

SOURCE Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.

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