Patent Prosecution


Quarles has a long history of patent practice in the area of biotechnology. A prime example of our involvement in seminal patents is our role as patent counsel to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). In 2001, we wrote and obtained the broad-based patents on Dr. James Thomson’s groundbreaking research on primate and human embryonic stem cells. We have continued to work in the area of stem cell differentiation and have a team of attorneys that have developed expertise and a focus in this field. This team has grown to 12, 9 of whom hold doctorates.

Quarles has obtained over 100 issued biotech patents for our research institution clients. Our patent practice experience in the health care industry includes the following technology areas:

  • Drugs and therapeutic methods
  • Nanotechnology drug delivery platforms
  • Injectable dosage forms/formulations
  • Biocompatible polymers
  • Biomaterials including biopolymers
  • Medical implants and devices
  • Radiopharmaceutical processing
  • Over-the-counter pregnancy tests
  • Consumer products dispensing devices
  • Biotechnological methods and products such as vector delivery systems and peptide vaccines
  • Biofuels and related biomass processes from field to fuel
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