Betty is a legal leader who enjoys helping companies transform legal and reputational challenges into business opportunities. She regularly applies her wide-ranging, hands-on legal experience in a wide-variety of matters to achieve results for her clients. Betty currently serves as member of the West global legal department, head of intellectual property, and lead lawyer for West’s Israel operations. An accomplishment for which Betty is particularly proud is transforming a breach of a confidentiality agreement into a royalty-bearing license that includes three, seven-figure lump-sum payments.
Betty joined West in 2016 from Novartis, where she served for eight years as Vice President in its legal function, advising on significant products liability and IP litigation and license and settlement agreements. She helped devise a global intercompany licensing, patent assignment and cash flow management strategy to optimize potential recovery in patent infringement litigation and corporate taxes. She created legal/IP strategies under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009, which created a regulatory pathway for biosimilars. Betty also was responsible for SOX reporting of litigation matters globally, and the divestment of vaccines, diagnostics and over-the-counter businesses worth over USD 20 bn.
Before joining Novartis, Betty worked in private practice for over twelve years, including eight as an associate for Kaye Scholer, LLP, where she litigated dozens of pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, scientific equipment and software patent infringement, copyright infringement and breach of contract cases, and conducted numerous M&A due diligences. Betty bolsters this large law firm and big Biopharma experience with a solid foundation as an associate at a small IP boutique learning patent and trademark preparation and prosecution. Upon graduating from law school, Betty worked for a year managing discovery in Superfund cases. Combined with her in-house experience, Betty has tried nearly 40 patent infringement and products liability cases, including cross-examining a key expert, prepared, taken or defended nearly 50 depositions in various jurisdictions across the United States and in London, and drafted dozens of legal briefs and asset sale/purchase and license agreements.
Before becoming a lawyer, Betty worked as an engineer for 3M, where she oversaw two specialty film production lines and helped develop a production process for Thinsulate® film. She also worked as an engineer for Pitney Bowes, where she was responsible for selecting all new elastomers for a new high-speed inking system and an inventor on four patents. While working fulltime for Pitney Bowes, Betty earned her J.D. from Quinnipiac University in nearby Bridgeport, Connecticut. Betty also earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. Betty is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, D.C., New York, and Connecticut and is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney.
Betty lives in an old stone farmhouse on historic Horseshoe Trail in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Phil Grant, and their two boys, Rodger and Nathanael.