Intellectual versatility combined with incisive, pragmatic counseling and business acumen is the hallmark of Catherine’s practice.
Catherine helps emerging and established companies through the challenging process of obtaining patents, and provides strategic, effective portfolio counseling and management, as well as strategic advice surrounding freedom of operation and other forms of IP assessment. She develops valuable, strategic portfolios around breakthrough therapies in a variety of areas, including:
She has significant experience in a wide spectrum of technology areas, including biologics (such as antibodies and polypeptides), nucleic acids, precision medicine, diagnostics, cell therapy, including T cell technologies, such as chimeric antigen receptors, drug formulation technologies, drug delivery technologies, such as nanotechnologies, microfluidics, drug screening systems, amplification technologies, genetic screening, regenerative medicine, nutraceuticals, spectroscopy, and organic chemistry, including small molecule drugs.
Catherine’s unique background, ability to integrate IP with a given business model to translate into meaningful risk assessment and advice, and highly effective communication skills in critical settings such as R&D, all phases of product development, and investment contexts enable her to provide effective, creative solutions to the significant challenges faced by clients.
IP Leadership for Transactions, Financings, and Acquisitions. Catherine’s practice also includes due diligence evaluation and counseling in the context of venture investment assessments and in connection with public and private financing, spin–offs, partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions, where her IP strategies have helped drive the value of multibillion dollar deals.
Representative transactions resulting from Catherine’s leadership include:
Catherine was retained by both Pfizer and Celgene for ongoing patent strategy and counseling work on the existing patent portfolios and with expanded representation of the parent companies following these acquisitions. Other representative transactions where her astute leadership has proved invaluable include:
Strategist in Legal Challenges and a Key Member of Litigation Teams. In addition to helping create value and commercialize her clients’ technologies, Catherine devises strategies and defenses to fortify their patents in the event of legal challenges by competitors. Accordingly, she renders advice on all aspects of patent positioning, including opinions on patentability, validity, freedom of operation, infringement, and competitor IP evaluation. She also works in the area of third–party challenges, such as inter partes review (IPR) and oppositions.
A Recognized Leader. From 2006 through 2009, Catherine served as the chair of the firm’s Patent Prosecution & Counseling Group and co–chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Chambers USA noted that Catherine “maintains a strong reputation for her capabilities advising biotechnology clients on portfolio management and other IP matters,” while clients note that she is “a great strategic thinker, great at flagging the high–level questions and brings a good business perspective,” and praise her for “bring[ing] a good business perspective to IP efforts which is not always evident with other IP attorneys.” Catherine has also received the following awards and accolades:
Catherine is patent counsel to numerous publicly traded and privately held companies, with many new client relationships resulting from her strong reputation in the life sciences industry. A selection of her representative matters include the following:
A Recognized Leader. From 2006 through 2009, Dr. Polizzi served as the chair of the firm’s Patent Prosecution & Counseling Group and co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Chambers USA noted that Dr. Polizzi “maintains a strong reputation for her capabilities advising biotechnology clients on portfolio management and other IP matters,” while clients find her “refreshing [for] her tactical advice.” Dr. Polizzi has also received the following awards and accolades:
Chambers USA 2013-2019Life Sciences - IP/Patent Litigation; Intellectual Property – Patent Prosecution
Dr. Polizzi is recognized by clients for being “a great strategic thinker, great at flagging the high-level questions and brings a good business perspective” and for “bring[ing] a good business perspective to IP efforts which is not always evident with other IP attorneys.” (Chambers USA 2019)
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