BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP announced today that partners Dr. Brenda Herschbach Jarrell and Dr. Charles E. Lyon have been named "Intellectual Property (IP) Trailblazers" by The National Law Journal. Dr. Jarrell and Dr. Lyon were selected for the IP Trailblazers annual list for their "deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way."

As co-chair of Choate's Intellectual Property (IP) and Life Sciences Groups, Dr. Jarrell "helps her clients protect revolutionary discoveries" and loves "helping inventors and companies bring their ideas to life." Whether it's a new approach to controlling gene expression or an advancement in personalized medicine, Dr. Jarrell excels at helping clients design IP strategies to protect and commercialize potentially groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Looking ahead, Dr. Jarrell sees recent changes to U.S. patent law, which declared key features of traditional detection technologies patent ineligible, "creating real challenges in the industry. Helping clients navigate that is very important."

Dr. Jarrell brings extensive technical credentials and scientific training -- spanning multiple disciplines from synthetic organic chemistry to molecular biology to theoretical quantum physics -- to her practice. She is well versed in many technologies in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical industries, including cutting edge areas such as immuno-oncology, gene editing, and nanotherapeutics. 

Dr. Jarrell has served on Choate's Executive Committee. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1998, her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, San Francisco in 1993, and both her A.B. and M.A. in chemistry, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1988.

Dr. Lyon, co-chair of Choate's IP Group, has led or been involved with hundreds of IP due diligences on behalf of investors, investment banks, and potential acquirers or partners. "It can be an investor, a venture capitalist or a business development team at a pharma company looking to do a strategic deal," Lyon said. "The deals are often large, so it's an important decision."

Over the past year alone, Dr. Lyon has handled over 40 due diligences, assessing the strength of the target company's IP, the competitor landscape, the risks of future litigation, and the potential for changes in the underlying technology. He is noted for his ability to clearly communicate issues that are most likely to affect the risks and overall valuation of the underlying transaction or product. 

Dr. Lyon has represented clients across the life sciences, with specific expertise developing portfolios relating to diagnostic tests, medical imaging, immunotherapies, vaccines, and drug delivery. He is particularly sought after for his expertise in gene therapy. "Delivering a healthy gene, or repairing or editing a genetic mutation, is a hot area, and there has been a lot of investment activity," he said.

Dr. Lyon foresees a greater role for post-grant reviews (PGRs), "which allow for broader types of challenges including patent-eligibility. Recent Supreme Court decisions have weakened patent-eligibility for diagnostic inventions, so PGRs will likely play an increasing role in this area."

Dr. Lyon has served on Choate's Hiring Committee. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2006, his D.Phil. in chemistry from Oxford University in 1999, and his M.A. and B.A., first class honors, in natural sciences from Cambridge University in 2000 and 1996. 

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, one of the nation's leading law firms, is consistently recognized for excellence by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, The Legal 500, World's Leading Lawyers, International Who's Who of Lawyers, and Expert Guides. With all of its lawyers under one roof, Choate focuses on a core group of areas where it represents clients across the United States and internationally and provides exceptional efficiency, service and value. Choate's areas of focus include intellectual property, life sciences, technology companies, corporate/M&A, private equity, finance & restructuring, high-stakes litigation, insurance/reinsurance, government enforcement and compliance, and wealth management. 

Contact Information:

David Egan
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
(617) 248-5247
Amy Blumenthal
Blumenthal & Associates
(617) 879-1511