Mercedes K. Meyer

Partner

Washington

(202) 842-8821 phone
(202) 842-8465 fax

Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D., a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group, collaborates with her biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients on their patent portfolio strategy.  She has an extensive biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent prosecution practice.

She drafts, prosecutes and opines U.S. patents and patent applications, as well as oversees patent portfolio management and development in the U.S. as well as coordinating efforts overseas.  She advises on biotechnology-related bioethics issues, such as tissue banking and stem cells.  Mercedes also obtains patent term extensions, oversees obtaining Supplemental Protection Certificates (SPCs) and their equivalents abroad and handles requests for reconsideration of patent term adjustment.

She protects clients on such subjects as antibodies, enzymes, especially those useful in the biofuels and industrial enzyme areas, viral vectors, genomics, vaccines, stem cell research, gene therapy, drug screening and identification, protein and tissue arrays, cancer therapeutics, cancer diagnostics, X-ray protein crystallography, beverages, industrial enzymes for biofuels and cosmetics.  Her doctoral background provides practical research experience in the area of retroviruses, including HIV-1, virology, molecular biology, cancer biology, immunology and protein chemistry.

Mercedes co-authored Patent Ethics – Prosecution (2009) with David Hricik for Oxford University Press.  She speaks and provides expert opinions on ethics issues arising from patent prosecution.

Because of her Washington, D.C., location, Mercedes attends many of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Customer Partnership meetings and reports relevant issues to her clients to assist them in staying abreast of changing policies and procedures at the USPTO.

In General. Mercedes received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College in 1988 and her Ph.D. in virology from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1994.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996.  She is admitted to practice in Texas and the District of Columbia and registered to practice before the USPTO.

Mercedes is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).  She is the past chairperson of the Women in IP Law Committee and past vice chairperson of the Biotechnology Committee.  Mercedes currently sits on the Board of Directors of AIPLA.

Publications

12/1/2013
LexisNexis IP Law & Strategy Series
Patent Ethics: Prosecution
9/2/2009
Oxford University Press
Patent Ethics: Prosecution
3/31/2008
Legal Times
It Has to Be A Green Team

Speaking Engagements

12/18/2013
California State Bar In-House Interest Group Webinar
List Mania for Any IP Professional - Make a List Check It Twice, Practice IP Twice as Nice
11/26/2013
Business Development Academy Webinar
Navigating Ethical Issues in Patent Prosecution
9/23/2013
International Congress on Paragraph IV Litigation
Comparing and Contrasting the Divergent Litigation Pathways of Small vs. Large Molecule Products: Examining the Impact of Differing Regulatory Schemes, Challenges Created Under the AIA and Lessons Learned from Recent Biosimilars Litigation in the US & Abroad
7/24/2013
CLE Webinar
AIA and Patent Prosecution: Navigating the Ethical Grey Areas
4/8/2013
AIPLA
Delegation to Tokyo and Osaka
3/22/2013
AIPLA
Ethics in Patent Prosecution
3/5/2013
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
Patent Eligibility Under Attack: Lab Corp., Myriad, Classen & Prometheus: The New World in U.S. Biotech?
1/23/2013
ACI 2nd Comprehensive Guide to Patent Reform
Ethics Issues Raised by the AIA
1/22/2013
State Bar of California
Ethics Post-AIA; Surviving the AIA Apocalypse a Guided Tour of the Brave New Worlds
4/16/2012
AIPLA-JPAA Tokyo Meeting 2012
1/25/2012
AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute
1/18/2012
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
8/7/2011
ABA Annual Meeting
3/11/2011
Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium
2/3/2011
AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute
2/1/2011
AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute
12/8/2010
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
10/20/2010
AIPLA Japan Practice Committee
4/9/2010
ABA 25th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference
Conflicts of Interest in Prosecution, Litigation, Opinions and Due Diligence
1/20/2010
American Conference Institute’s 7th National Conference on Life Sciences IP Due Diligence
11/21/2009
Ms. JD Third Annual Conference on Women in the Law
10/13/2009
American Intellectual Property Law Association
7/21/2009
George Mason University School of Law Symposium
5/13/2009
AIPLA 2009 Spring Meeting
3/30/2009
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Claim Drafting
2/18/2009
Customs and Trade Webinar
Export Control Considerations for Patent Filings
1/28/2009
ACI 6th National Conference on Pharma/Biotech IP Due Diligence
5/10/2007
American Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Meeting
5/4/2006
Retention and Promotion of Women and Young Lawyers in Firms and Corporations
10/28/2005
AIPLA Annual Meeting
12/1/2013
LexisNexis IP Law & Strategy Series
Patent Ethics: Prosecution
9/2/2009
Oxford University Press
Patent Ethics: Prosecution
3/31/2008
Legal Times
It Has to Be A Green Team