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Ian M. Hurst


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Ian is an intellectual property strategist and litigator.

He advises life sciences companies throughout complex IP disputes, particularly those related to biotechnologies, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. He regularly litigates patent disputes, including those under the Hatch-Waxman Act and Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). He also counsels clients on their freedom to operate and launch strategies. 

Ian recently advised a global biotechnology company in a patent infringement action concerning the launch of a biosimilar to Stelara® (ustekinumab), a blockbuster biologic with annual sales close to $10 billion. As a law student, he drafted appellate briefs and a writ of certiorari to the US Supreme Court. He also argued before the DC Circuit.

Ian previously worked in many disciplines across the biomedical sciences. He worked with a consulting firm advising global pharmaceutical companies on research and development, a basic science lab investigating novel small-molecule therapeutics, and a health technology group directing clinical trials. His work has been presented at national conferences and published in leading academic journals, including New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst and ACS Chemical Neuroscience.


  • Co-author, A Telehealth Intervention to Promote Weight Loss and Physical Activity in Overweight Primary Care Patients, Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation (January 2021) 
  • Co-author, The Molecular Tweezer CLR01 Improves Behavioral Deficits and Reduces Tau Pathology in P301S-tau Transgenic Mice, Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy (January 2021)
  • Co-author, Telehealth: The Right Care, at the Right Time, Via the Right Medium, New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst (December 2020)
  • Co-author, Different Inhibitors of Aβ42-Induced Toxicity Have Distinct Metal-Ion Dependency, ACS Chemical Neuroscience (June 2020)
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Recognition & Awards

  • Senior Legal Writing Fellow (University of Virginia School of Law)

  • Regents Scholar (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • URSP Scholar (University of California, Los Angeles)

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  • Member, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Law Section, California Lawyers Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Law Section, American Bar Association
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