Dr. Richard B. Emmons

Partner

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3534
Overview
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Massachusetts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School

Ph.D., Developmental Biology, Washington University

B.A., College of the Atlantic

A partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, Dr. Richard Emmons advises individual inventors, companies of all sizes, and academic institutions working in the life sciences, medical device, and mechanical art areas on various IP matters. Richard combines a strong entrepreneurial spirit, an extensive interdisciplinary research experience, and a deep knowledge of the law to counsel clients in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents in the life sciences, medical device, and mechanical art areas.  He assists clients with IP due diligence, IP licensing, and patentability, infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate analyses. His areas of expertise include protein and small molecule pharmaceuticals, antibody therapeutics, vaccines, gene therapy vehicles, constructs, and delivery systems, stem cell–based technologies, biological imaging, medical devices, microfluidics, and biofuels.

Richard has helped clients protect inventions involving protein, antibody, and small molecule therapeutics, vaccines, gene therapy vehicles, constructs, and delivery systems, nutraceuticals, genetic engineering, genomics, tissue regeneration and organogenesis, stem cell–based technologies, model system screening assays for gene and drug discovery, nucleic acid– and protein chip–based technologies, bioinformatics analysis, nanobiotechnology, biological imaging, medical devices, microfluidics, and biofuels.

Richard has nearly two decades of research experience spanning developmental biology, genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, cell biology, and computational biology, which included a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Genetics at the Harvard Medical School that studied epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation.

Experience

Experience

  • Performed an IP diligence for a gene therapy company that helped the client obtain ~$75 million in early series financing.
  • Actively counsels clients on strategic management of complex patent portfolios related to medical device instruments.
  • Completed an intellectual property due diligence for a major acquisition by a Fortune 500 client in the immunotherapeutic space.
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Massachusetts Rising Stars (2014-2018)

Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow

Pew Charitable Trust Fellow

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Little Cumberland Island Wildlife Refuge

  • Board Member (2013-present)
  • Member, Long Range Planning Committee (1996-2006)
Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Patent Transparency & Improvement Act: Come Take a Troll with Me" presentation, March 2014

"Considerations for Universities Claiming Micro-entity Status," presentation, August 2013

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

articles

"To Seek Design Protection or Not, That is the Question!" co-author, April 2017

interviews

"Joys and Challenges of IP Practice at the Intersection of Science and Business," Corporate Counsel Business Journal, July 2018

Resources
Dr. Richard B. Emmons
Practices
  • Intellectual Property & IP Litigation
  • Patent
  • Life Sciences
  • Cannabis Business Advisory
Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School

Ph.D., Developmental Biology, Washington University

B.A., College of the Atlantic

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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