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Natalie Derzko is of counsel practicing in the areas of intellectual property, strategic counseling, due diligence, patent prosecution, patent litigation, intellectual property policy and law reform.  She procures patents and counsels clients on patent matters in a range of technology areas, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, nutritional supplements, food and environmental technology, and industrial and consumer chemicals. She also counsels clients regarding Bayh-Dole issues and regulatory issues arising under the Hatch-Waxman legislation. Dr. Derzko earned a doctorate from Columbia in which her thesis focused on Hatch-Waxman issues.

  • Strategic patent prosecution advice and representation of various life sciences companies before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Advice to various clients regarding Orange Book listing matters.
  • Patent policy analysis, advice and advocacy on various international and domestic patent issues, and in the Bayh-Dole, Hatch-Waxman and follow-on-biologics areas.
  • Preparation, filing, and prosecution of patent term extension (restoration) applications, including attention to complex issues relating thereto,
  • Advice to pharmaceutical companies regarding the Bayh-Dole Act and regarding negotiating a CRADA relationship with the NIH.
  • Bayh-Dole advice to varied life sciences companies relating to subject inventions and domestic manufacturing issues.
  • Expert witness in Hatch-Waxman case on Orange Book patent listing and patent term extension issues and general advice to varied pharmaceutical companies in these areas.
  • Strategic patent advice and assistance on various pre-litigation assessments and litigation matters in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas.
  • Developing scientific case strategy for a Hatch-Waxman patent litigation matter.
  • Patent due diligence projects pertaining to financings of emerging biotechnology companies.
  • Leading role on an extensive patent due diligence project for a pharmaceutical company that acquired an oncology pharmaceutical product line.
  • Leading role in providing transactional and due diligence patent advice to a pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of certain animal health assets.

Pro Bono

  • Volunteering at the DC Bar’s Landlord Tenant Resource Center
  • Advice to an educational foundation on intellectual property ownership and Bayh-Dole related issues.
  • Legal Elite, Washington SmartCEO (December 2009)