Mintz Levin Expands Renowned Intellectual Property Practice with Addition of Three New Members

04.10.2014 - Boston, MA

Veteran Med-Tech Practitioners Bill Geary, Lisa Adams and Christina Sperry Bolster Firm’s Patent and Trademark Capabilities

Expanding its highly regarded international Intellectual Property practice, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. announced that William (Bill) C. Geary III, Lisa Adams and Christina Sperry have joined as Members of the Firm, resident in the Boston office.  Formerly partners at Nutter McClennen & Fish, they bring extensive experience in medical technology, healthcare and life sciences, complementing the firm’s strong patent and trademark capabilities in these sectors.

“The need for sophisticated intellectual property capabilities has never been greater, as companies, particularly in medical technology and life sciences, continue to develop breakthrough innovations and seek access to the public markets,” said Robert Bodian, Managing Member of the firm. “The additions of Bill, Lisa and Christina build on Mintz Levin’s long-established strengths in these areas and further enhance our ability to serve clients with a range of complex needs.” 

“Mintz Levin’s intellectual property practice has a stellar reputation, earned from decades of experience representing clients in life sciences, healthcare, medical devices and other sectors,” said Mr. Geary. “We are thrilled to be joining a firm with a national and international presence that will provide a broad platform for our clients and a deep bench of talent, not only with respect to prosecution, but in the corporate and litigation areas as well.” 

Over the course of their careers, Mr. Geary, Ms. Adams and Ms. Sperry have represented organizations including Johnson & Johnson and Massachusetts General Hospital as well as numerous start-ups, medical device manufacturers and medical and research institutions.

In addition to developing, protecting, and exploiting patent and trademark rights in the United States and abroad, Mr. Geary prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a variety of technologies, with emphasis in the fields of medical devices, polymers and advanced materials and chemicals. He also advises on the patent rights of others and provides pre-market clearance opinions before new products are introduced to the marketplace.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, he earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University of Law.

In her work with both emerging and established organizations, Ms. Adams handles patentability evaluations; preparation and prosecution of patent applications; reissue and reexamination of patents; freedom to operate studies; due diligence; portfolio development and management; IP strategy; and clearance studies. By creating a roadmap that identifies end-goals, the critical stage gates and how best to manage along the way, she helps clients enhance their profitability and avoid surprises surrounding planned commercial launches, competitor patent filings and exits for investors. She represents clients in such areas as medical and life science technology, mechanical products and processes, chemical and material science and electrochemistry. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas State University and a J.D. from New England Law, Boston.

Ms. Sperry brings expertise in domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution, as well as infringement, validity and right-to-use opinions. She prosecutes patents and assists with opinion and clearance matters in fields including medical/surgical instruments and devices, printer and imaging technology, software, financial services, cell sorting technology and radar technology. She also provides strategic counsel and manages patent portfolios for U.S. and foreign startups, mid-size businesses, large corporations and academic institutions. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

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