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MaryAnne Armstrong

Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

Falls Church, VA, USA

MaryAnne Armstrong has a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry, with a master’s degree in immunology, both from Cornell University. Dr. Armstrong worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Experimental Immunology, National Cancer Institute, NIH. She has practiced in the intellectual property field since 1995, working with both large and small companies and universities, for the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the fields of immunology, pharmaceutical chemistry, biotechnology, organic chemistry, assay and drug screening systems, medical devices and plant patents. Dr. Armstrong is experienced in post-grant procedures, including inter-partes reexamination and interference practices. Dr. Armstrong successfully
represented a third party requestor in the inter-partes reexamination invalidation of a patent, which was appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The CAFC appeal decision upheld the invalidity of all claims of the reexamined patent. Dr. Armstrong has considerable experience in counseling clients with regard to FTO opinions, as well as opinions regarding possible infringement, validity and patentability, preparation of license agreements and collaboration agreements and in FDA procedures, including ANDAs.

Dr. Armstrong has lectured around the world on patent and FDA matters and was named a Life Science Star by LMG Life Sciences in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Armstrong serves as the Chair of the Chemistry & the Law (CHAL) Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Bar Admissions

2000, Virginia

Eastern District of Virginia

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Pennsylvania State University (B.S., Biochemistry, 1986)
  • Cornell University (M.S., Immunology, 1992)
  • Cornell University (Ph.D., Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, 1992)
  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2000). Phi Lambda Upsilon. Alpha Epsilon Delta. Golden Key. Student Member, Giles Sutherland Rich American Inns of Court
  • American Bar Association (Member, Intellectual Property and International Law Sections)
  • American Chemical Society (Chair of Chemistry & the Law (CHAL) Division)
  • National Association of Professional Women

  • Strategies for Attacking a U.S. Patent or Application: A Summary of Existing and New AIA Proceedings, JPAA Journal, July 2013
  • Who's First? New Rules on Filing Patents, Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review 2013
  • The Duty of Disclosure in the Post-Therasense Landscape, Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst, March 2013
  • Considerations and Pitfalls for Doing Collaborative R&D, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2013
  • Starting An AIA Post-Grant Proceeding, Law360, August 17, 2012
  • Is There Life for Medical Diagnostic Patents After Prometheus?, Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review 2012
  • Q&A With Birch Stewart's MaryAnne Armstrong, Law360, May 31, 2012
  • Inventorship and Ownership Considerations and Pitfalls with Collaborative Research, ACS Med. Chem. Lett., 2012, 3(5), pp 349–351.
  • Life Sciences and Pharma Patents - Pitfalls and Tips, Presented at the China International Pharma, Biotech & Chemical IP Forum, May 2012
  • Duty of Disclosure in view of Therasense – What has changed?, Presented at the 2012 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 2012
  • Quoted in WIPR article on the case of Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research v. Cochlear Corp.
  • Named in the Top 250 Women in IP for 2013
  • Speaking Engagement: BSKB and Regimbeau Offer Patent Seminar in China
  • Named an IP Star by Managing IP for 2013
  • Named a Life Science Star by LMG Life Sciences 2013
  • Chair of Chemistry & the Law Division for the American Chemical Society (2013)
  • Speaking Engagement: Spring 2013 American Chemical Society National Meeting
  • Named a Life Science Star by LMG Life Sciences 2012
  • Speaking Engagement: Lecturing to JPAA Regarding Post Grant Patent Proceedings (2012)
  • Speaking Engagement: Frostburg State University, Speaking on Alternative Careers in Chemistry and Collaborative
  • Research (2012)
  • Speaking Engagement: 3rd China International Pharma, Biotech & Chemical Intellectual Property Forum
  • Speaking Engagement: China Pharmaceutical University, Speaking on FDA Practice (2012)
  • Speaking Engagement: 2012 ACS National Meeting
  • Speaking Engagement: Lectures in Tokyo on U.S. Patent Law Changes
  • Named a Top Patent Prosecutor by Patent Buddy (2012)

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