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Michael Best Welcomes Two Patent Scientists


Thursday, October 03, 2013

The law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce Blaine J. Zern and Matthew Duffey have joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Group in the Chicago office, effective September 30, 2013. Both will be working as Patent Scientists.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Zern was a Fellow for the University of Pennsylvania Center for Technology Transfer. He has intellectual property experience in the fields of biotechnology, cell biology, nanotechnology, drug delivery, tissue engineering, biomaterials, molecular imaging, vascular biology and medical devices. Zern received his B.S. in materials science & engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2003, and earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University in 2009.

Duffey comes to Michael Best from Takeda Cambridge US/Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he served as a Medicinal Chemist in oncology drug discovery. He has experience in pharmacokinetic principles, structural biology and molecular modeling techniques, in addition to IP strategy and patent application experience. Duffey received his B.S., summa cum laude, in chemistry from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1998, and earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later served as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the University of Pennsylvania.

About Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Over the past 165 years, Michael Best has earned its reputation as a leading Midwestern law firm, providing a full range of legal services to clients on a local, regional, national and global basis. The firm has more than 220 attorneys in Milwaukee, Madison, Waukesha and Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; and Washington D.C. Michael Best’s main areas of practice include: corporate, intellectual property, labor and employment, land and resources (environmental and real estate), litigation, tax and wealth planning.



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