Deirdre Sanders is a Principal of the firm and has over 15 years of experience in strategic biotechnology patent prosecution counseling and in intellectual property litigation and enforcement. She is dedicated to guiding clients through the development, management, and protection of intellectual property rights to achieve their business goals.
Deirdre’s patent practice is focused in the field of biotechnology with a particular emphasis in the areas of biologics including antibody-based therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, genetic diagnostics, protein-based sensors, and drug discovery and development. She assists clients with the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, as well as European Supplementary Protection Certificates for pharmaceuticals; drafts legal opinions regarding infringement, validity, and freedom to operate; and conducts intellectual property due diligence studies.
Deirdre demonstrates expertise at the intersection of science, law, and business. In addition to her patent and litigation practice, Deirdre drafts and prosecutes trademark applications and drafts, interprets and enforces intellectual property license agreements. Patent prosecution is in her blood. In fact, her great grandfather, Graham Cravens, applied for a patent in 1904.
Clients benefit from Deirdre’s experience involving contested matters, including patent office interferences, foreign patent oppositions, arbitration proceedings, and intellectual property litigation before federal courts in Texas, New York and California, as well as the District Court of the Hague related to issues of patent infringement and validity, trademark infringement and cancellation, intellectual property license agreements, and officer tort liability.
Deirdre received her Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School, where she worked for the ABA Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, United States Judicial Conference.
The success of her practice is fueled by the balance of her strategic biotechnology patent prosecution counseling and her general intellectual property litigation and enforcement experience. She guides clients through the development, management, and protection of intellectual property rights. Deirdre has received the distinction of Best Lawyers® 2016 Boston Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year.” She is the immediate Past Chair for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Venture Forum and a former board member of both the Boston Patent Law Association and the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE). Deirdre is currently the Secretary of the Boston Patent Law Association and sits on the Board of The Venture Forum.