Lisa N. Silverman focuses on patent portfolio management and strategic patent counseling in the areas of chemistry and life sciences. She has extensive experience in securing U.S. and foreign patent protection for pharmaceutical products and a deep understanding of patent lifecycle management and strategies for maximizing patent term. In addition to pharmaceuticals, Dr. Silverman also works with clients in the areas of clean technology, bioassays, and medical devices.
Dr. Silverman routinely represents clients in both investor- and target-side due diligence, including patentability and freedom-to-operate assessments. She has a keen interest in the intersection of patent and regulatory considerations for pharmaceutical products and medical devices, and she has prepared numerous applications for patent term extension.
Dr. Silverman has represented companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multi-national corporations, and provides advice tailored to each client’s unique business needs. She has worked with large companies to ensure robust patent protection for marketed drug products. She has worked closely with several mid-size companies to expand patent protection and mitigate potential infringement risks as lead drug candidates have moved through clinical development toward commercialization. She has also advised small companies on securing early foundational patents.
Prior to entering the legal field, Dr. Silverman obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University, where she was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her doctoral research in the laboratory of Professor Steven G. Boxer focused on spectroscopic investigation of charge transfer reactions in organic, organometallic, and biological molecules. Dr. Silverman received her B.A. summa cum laude, in chemistry and political science from Barnard College, where she performed synthetic organic chemistry research in the laboratory of Professor Christian M. Rojas. She also studied alpha-helical folding of small peptides in the laboratory of Professor Ronald Breslow at Columbia University.
Dr. Silverman received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She was a member of the Organizations and Transactions Group of the Stanford Law School Mills Legal Clinic, where she provided governance advice and drafted contracts and management materials for Northern California non-profit organizations.
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