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Lisa Adams

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Lisa is an esteemed intellectual property attorney whose practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property. She advises clients on a wide range of IP matters including strategic patent portfolio development, clearance to market analyses, acquisitions, diligence, and post-grant proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in the medical technology, life sciences, energy and sustainability, manufacturing, and technology sectors rely on her counsel. She is known as a skilled strategist who becomes deeply familiar with her clients’ businesses and goals.

Lisa is an experienced patent and trademark attorney known for her forthrightness and strategic approach. She and her team help clients protect their innovations in medical technology and life sciences, robotics, mechanical products and processes, chemical and materials science, electrochemistry, injection molding equipment and tooling, and multi-layer technology. Named among the Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property, Lisa’s clients include start-ups as well as large companies.

Lisa represents clients in patent prosecution and strategy, including patentability evaluations, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, and post-grant proceedings. Clients value her unique approach to strategic portfolio development, including portfolio mapping.  She advises clients on freedom to operate, performing clearance studies and conducting due diligence. Lisa is the go-to attorney for freedom to operate opinions for one of her Fortune 500 clients. 

She approaches all aspects of her practice with an emphasis on strategy and client communication. Her clients can expect deep knowledge of the company targets and goals, as well as directness as to whether or not new products can be used in the marketplace or would risk being challenged. In addition, Lisa communicates regularly with her clients, so that all parties involved can stay up to date on industry news and potential competitors.

Lisa is active in the patent bar community, serving as the former President of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA), currently serving as the Medical Devices committee chair, and serving as a Co-Chair of the Mechanical Practice Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).  Lisa is also involved in various pro bono projects, working with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts and the United Way, for which she previously served as the Vice Chair of the Women’s Initiative Education branch.  Each year Lisa hosts a volunteer day at Cradles to Crayons on behalf of the Women’s Initiative of the AIPLA.

Education

  • New England Law (JD)
  • Texas State University (BS, Chemistry)

Recognition & Awards

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: Massachusetts – Intellectual Property (2021)
  • Managing Intellectual Property: Patent Star - Massachusetts (2014 – 2021)
  • IAM Patent 1000 World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Patent Law (2016 – 2022); Trademark Law (2016 – 2022)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list (2014 – 2020)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star list (2005 – 2008, 2010 – 2013)

Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC)
  • Vice Chair, Mechanical Engineering Sub-Committee of the Patent Law Committee of the AIPLA
  • Planning Committee, AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute
  • Co-chair, Medical Devices Committee of Boston Patent Law Association
  • Past President, Boston Patent Law Association (2010)
  • Past Vice Chair, United Way: Women’s Initiative Education Branch
  • Member, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts

Recent Insights

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Viewpoints

PART 2: he US government began to address these investment challenges through the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) in April 2012. While companies like Kickstarter allow startups to sell products or services, the JOBS Act envisions companies actually selling equity in themselves through crowdfunding campaigns. 
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PART 1: Pebble Technology had an interesting goal.  It wanted to design and build a watch that could connect to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth. It wanted to allow the watch to alert a wearer with a silent vibration for incoming calls, emails and messages.
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On October 1, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (“AFCP 2.0”) – a program intended to provide new features that will enhance communication between the USPTO and the applicant, as compared with the original After Final Consideration Pilot (“AFCP”).
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What’s Happening with Patents at the USPTO? Chief of Staff Byrnes has Answers!

September 19, 2014 | Blog | By Lisa Adams, Linda Azrin

On September 16, 2014, United States Patent and Trademark Office Chief of Staff Andrew Byrnes presented to the Boston Patent Law Association an update on new quality initiatives and the implementation of White House patent policies.
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News & Press

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Mintz Member Lisa Adams and Associate Marguerite McConihe were quoted in an article published by Super Lawyers on legal considerations for business transactions in Massachusetts that involve the transfer of intellectual property assets.
Fifty-one attorneys from Mintz have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2017 and thirty have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars.
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Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas. 
Lisa Adams, a Member in Mintz’s Intellectual Property Practice, authored this Inside Counsel column discussing how patent examiner training could be altered to allow for greater understanding of company technologies.
Lisa Adams, Member of the Intellectual Property practice at Mintz, participated in the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s TC 3600 and 3700 Customer Partnership Meeting.
Lisa Adams, a Member in Mintz’s Intellectual Property Practice, authored a Law360 article on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s announcement to launch a new Post-Prosecution Pilot program aimed at enhancing collaboration between patent examiners and applicants.

Events

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Sep
11
2019

MedTech IGNITE IP Primer - Part 2

MassMEDIC

Mintz, One Financial Center, Boston, MA

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Jul
30
2019

MedTech IGNITE IP Primer

MassMEDIC

Mintz, One Financial Center, Boston, MA

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Apr
30
2019

Technology Centers 3600 and 3700 Customer Partnership Meeting

USPTO and American Intellectual Property Law Association

USPTO Headquarters, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA

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May
1
2018

Technology Centers 3600 & 3700 Customer Partnership Meeting

USPTO and American Intellectual Property Law Association

USPTO Headquarters 600 Dulany Street, Madison Auditorium Alexandria , VA