Muriel helps US and international biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients develop and strategically manage their IP assets worldwide. An important feature of her work is ensuring that patent assets remain aligned with business goals to maximize their value. Her practice involves patent portfolio management, drafting, and procurement as well as related analyses, including patentability, freedom to operate, and invalidity. Muriel also works with corporate counsel on IP-related aspects of financing and licensing transactions. She has participated in mediation and arbitration proceedings and brings insights on alternatives to litigation for resolving IP-related claims. Muriel is committed to pro bono work and has served on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
Muriel works with clients to obtain worldwide patent protection for their intellectual property. In over 10 years of practice, she has drafted and procured patents for a wide variety of technologies in the biotech and pharmaceutical spaces. Her clients include innovators in the fields of molecular diagnostics, personalized medicine, and medical therapeutics, including therapeutic agents based on small molecules, nucleic acids, lipids, or peptides. In addition to patent procurement and portfolio management, Muriel assists her clients by conducting patentability, freedom to operate, and invalidity analyses.
Muriel also frequently partners with corporate counsel on IP-related aspects of corporate transactions, including IP diligence related to public offerings and acquisitions as well as confidentiality, materials transfer, licensing, and research collaboration agreements. Muriel has also participated in mediation and arbitration proceedings conducted under the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution as a special assistant to the mediator/arbiter. Through this experience, she is able to offer her clients insights into alternatives to litigation for resolving IP-related claims.
In addition, Muriel is deeply committed to pro bono work and has served on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She has assisted victims of persecution to obtain asylum in the United States, both through the affirmative application process and via appeals before the US immigration court. She has also assisted nonprofits with diverse matters ranging from drafting incorporation documents to obtaining federal tax-exempt status and negotiating the return of funds lost through a telemarketing scam.
- Fordham University (JD, magna cum laude)
- Ohio State University (PhD, Biochemistry)
- College of William & Mary (BS, Chemistry)