Upcoming Webinar by the GC3 Startup Network

Championing Your Ideas with Coordinated IP Strategies

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST


To establish and preserve their place in the market, companies invest significant time and resources towards obtaining, enforcing, and defending their intellectual property (IP) rights. These rights include patents for inventions, trade secrets for confidential business information, trademarks for product names and logos, and copyrights for original works, and they can make or break the business. Developing a strong IP portfolio requires companies to consider a multitude of issues and coordinate their IP strategies. For example, what are the different types of IP protection, how are they obtained, and what rights do they provide? Can a company pursue more than one type of IP at a time? Can different types of IP be used in sequence to extend a company’s marketplace protections? When should a company decide what types of IP to pursue? Does a company risk losing its IP rights by publishing papers, submitting information to a governmental agency, or giving tours of its office or laboratory space to visitors?

In this webinar, IP attorneys Shana K. Cyr, Ph.D., J.D., and M. David Weingarten, Ph.D., J.D., will answer these questions and provide other valuable insights for using coordinated IP strategies to champion your company’s ideas in the chemical arts.


Shana Cyr

Shana Cyr, Ph.D.
Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Shana K. Cyr, Ph.D., J.D., is a partner in the Reston, Virginia office of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, one of the largest intellectual property (IP) law firms in the world. Shana provides IP counseling to innovative companies with biologic, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and combination products and represents clients in patent litigations before the U.S. district courts and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Shana’s pro bono work includes representing disabled veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and disadvantaged children as guardian ad litem. She previously served at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore, and at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey as legal intern for the Honorable Noel L. Hillman. She obtained her J.D. with High Honors from Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, and her B.S. in chemistry with biology and mathematics minors from the University of Richmond. Shana can be reached via email at shana.cyr@finnegan.com.


David W

M. David Weingarten, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

M. David Weingarten, Ph.D., J.D., is an associate in Finnegan’s Atlanta, Georgia office. David’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, portfolio management, client counseling, patent litigation before U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission, and post-grant trial proceedings at the USPTO, primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology areas.  Prior to practicing law, David completed an NIH post-doctorate at Columbia University and then spent more than a decade in the pharmaceutical industry developing drugs across a wide range of therapeutic areas.  As a member of senior management, he was responsible for leading research and development efforts in drug discovery, process research and development, and manufacturing. David obtained his J.D., Order of the Coif, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Emory University and his B.S. in chemistry from the University of West Florida.  David can be reached via email at david.weingarten@finnegan.com.