An Overview of How Quarles & Brady Works With Research Institutions
As one of the largest and oldest organized Intellectual Property legal practices, Quarles & Brady has remained at the forefront of innovative solutions to legal challenges faced by research communities and universities which engage in cutting edge research. Our attorneys are experienced in a full range of issues encountered by research institutions including:
For more than 30 years, since before the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, Quarles & Brady LLP has specialized in the intellectual property needs of universities, foundations, hospitals and other research institutions.
As a full service law firm, our capabilities not only include the protection, commercialization and enforcement of intellectual property rights, but also the securing, funding and structuring of investments, private and public financings, company formation and tax planning, and mergers and acquisitions.
Our attorneys have considerable experience trying intellectual property cases in the Federal Circuit and federal district courts from coast to coast.
The Tax-Exempt Organizations (“TEO”) Team at Quarles & Brady combines sophisticated technical knowledge and practical experience as it advises nonprofit research institutions and their affiliates on the unique tax and governance issues faced by organizations.
Labor and Employment
The Labor & Employment Law Group has represented research institutions for many years, advising management on personnel matters and policies.
Quarles & Brady has provided immigration/naturalization law services since the early 1970s to help clients, including many multinational companies, wade through applicable laws and regulations to ensure an expeditious and smooth placement of new hires.
In addition to being technically strong, our team has several other strengths that set us apart from other intellectual property groups — one of which is our ability to adequately staff your legal needs and respond to you in a timely manner.
For each client, a single team member assumes a leadership position and, in that capacity, oversees work assignments and relationship matters with each client. Working with the institution, the team leader will select client team members according to their technical expertise and their extensive understanding of the client’s business concerns. This structure allows the team leader to ensure that all matters are responded to promptly and are handled in a suitable manner in light of the client’s business objectives.
Our team of attorneys are experts in a variety of technical disciplines, which allows us to apply resources in the most efficient way possible. In addition to attorneys, our client service teams include patent agents and engineers with advanced technical degrees, and specialized paralegals, all of whom play important roles in serving our clients to provide cost savings. For example, our team of foreign filing paralegals is broadly versed and up-to-date on foreign prosecution rules, regulations and fees. A quick email to one of our foreign filing paralegals will have cost estimates for a variety of filing strategies in your hands within hours or minutes, giving you all the information needed to make strategic domestic and foreign filing decisions.
Additionally, internal training, client communication and in-depth knowledge of our client’s business are among our client service strengths. In a recent client survey conducted by Altman Weil, to which more than 170 Quarles & Brady clients responded, Quarles & Brady was given a superior rating in the areas relating to knowledge of our clients’ needs and responsiveness, including:
- Knowledge of business.
- Responding to phone calls, e-mails and written correspondence.
- Overall responsiveness.
- Meeting deadlines.
- Listening skills.
- Providing a fast turnaround.
Despite our talent, knowledge and expertise in highly technical matters, we never lose sight of the fact that we are in an era of cost containment. We believe that our rates will compare favorably to your other legal providers. We are committed to providing you with the high quality legal advice at competitive rates.
Representative Research Institution Clients
The following are some exemplary research institutions with which our Firm has worked:
- Arizona University System
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Marshfield Clinic
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Marquette University
- Mayo Clinic
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- Northwestern University
- University of Chicago
- University of Illinois
- University of Michigan
- Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (“WARF”)
- WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.
If you are looking for a hospital research lawyer, tech transfer lawyer or a lawyer for university, hospital or foundation research-related matters, contact Jack Cook at (414) 277-5405 /
or your local Quarles & Brady attorney.