About Our Contributors

Photo of John P. IsacsonJohn P. Isacson is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Pepper Hamilton, resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Isacson focuses on representing clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical and medical device industries in all patent-related matters. His clients include internationally recognized research and health care institutions, emerging ventures, investors and large public corporations.

Mr. Isacson has particular experience in strategic counseling and patent portfolio management, infringement litigation, due diligence, inter partes and post-grant reviews, reexaminations, patent interferences, inventorship and ownership disputes, matters involving biosimilar products, and Hatch-Waxman issues. He is regularly involved in litigation, arbitrations and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and International Trade Commission proceedings. He has also advised on related FDA matters for certain technologies.

Photo of Edwin (Ted) V. MerkelEdwin V. (Ted) Merkel is of counsel and a registered patent attorney in the Health Sciences Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Rochester office. Mr. Merkel has more than 20 years of patent prosecution experience, with an emphasis on biotechnology and the chemical arts. His prosecution experience encompasses the procurement of patents in the United States and abroad, representing universities, privately held companies and publicly traded companies.

Mr. Merkel has also been involved in more than ten inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, representing both petitioners and patent owners. His representative IPR proceedings include those involving compositions of matter as well as e-medicine methods and methods for propagating MIMO signals. In this capacity, Mr. Merkel has handled oral arguments before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board


patelsj_thumb Shaleen J. Patel is an associate in the Intellectual Property Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Boston office.