3 Questions For A Feminine IP Boutique Companion (Half I)

intellectual-property-law-300×169It isn’t every single day {that a} boutique IP legislation agency is profiled in Inc. journal, a lot much less highlighted two years in a row as one of many fastest-growing companies within the U.S., in addition to the fastest-growing legislation agency for 2021. However for Caldwell IP, the consideration is shortly changing into routine. Apart from for the agency’s meteoric development — achieved within the midst of this seemingly endless pandemic — Caldwell’s concentrate on recruiting feminine attorneys is value our consideration and plaudits. As we method the top of 2021, a 12 months that noticed elevated consideration on patent legislation’s gender hole, I feel it’s becoming to highlight a agency that’s doing its greatest to render that gender hole a relic of the previous. I used to be more than happy, due to this fact, to have had the chance for an introductory name post-IP Dealmakers with the chair of Caldwell IP’s Life Sciences Patent Group, Katherine Ann Rubino, through which I received the prospect to be taught extra concerning the agency and its dedication to public service. And I’m particularly happy that Katie has agreed to be my remaining interviewee of 2021, which for thus many within the IP neighborhood was a 12 months of problem and adaptation to our new actuality, notably on the work entrance.

A graduate of Boston’s Northeastern College with a pharmacy doctorate, Katie can also be an honors graduate of Suffolk College’s legislation college, the place she earned her diploma with a focus in IP legislation with distinction. As the top of Caldwell’s life sciences patent follow, Katie “works with start-ups and established corporations, enterprise capital corporations, and analysis universities and hospitals. Katie marries a deep scientific and technical background, cutting-edge authorized expertise and pragmatic enterprise acumen to assist purchasers advance and shield extremely complicated applied sciences.” Her technical experience extends to “biologics, immunotherapy, antibody applied sciences, gene remedy, therapeutic vaccines, small molecule therapeutics, and drug formulations.” Briefly, she brings formidable authorized and technical expertise to serving to purchasers with their patent issues — and it’s no shock that having legal professionals of Katie’s caliber on its roster has helped Caldwell obtain the popularity it has garnered. On the similar time, I’d be remiss if I didn’t spotlight a few of Caldwell’s cutting-edge professional bono work, which serves as an example how IP boutiques will help advance worthy social causes via a willingness to supply free authorized companies to underserved populations.

Now to the interview. As normal, I’ve added some temporary commentary to Katie’s reply under however have in any other case offered her reply to my first query as she offered it.

Gaston Kroub: What’s most enjoyable about your work with offering patent prosecution help to incarcerated inmates?

Katie Rubino: We discover nice reward in having the ability to assist mentor people who’re in search of a second likelihood and who’re courageous sufficient to confess they made a mistake and have commenced down a special path. This began out by happenstance, after an incarcerated particular person reached out to us after studying about our agency’s profile in Inc. journal. He had an invention within the digital well being area and was in search of assist as an entrepreneur to guard and develop his enterprise from behind bars. We have been so impressed by his story and the impression his work would have on the neighborhood that we instantly organized a cellphone name and subsequently wrote and filed a patent for him. It may be difficult within the mental property area to have the ability to present professional bono authorized companies because of the size of time it takes to acquire a patent. So, for us to have the ability to discover a company to accomplice with and assist the underserved and pay it ahead has been a tremendously humbling expertise.

GK: It’s arduous to consider a extra fascinating manner for a professional bono challenge to begin than what Katie describes above. On the similar time, the challenges with offering professional bono illustration on IP issues that Katie references may be formidable, notably for the explanation she recognized relating to the size of time it takes to get a patent. (Possibly the USPTO ought to think about giving precedence evaluation to patent functions filed by IP legislation corporations professional bono, or no less than in conditions the place the inventor(s) are inmates, and even from deprived teams for that matter.) However kudos to the Caldwell workforce for being aware of a chilly contact from somebody trying to share his innovation with the world, regardless of the challenges offered by his incarceration. Constructing IP literacy and fostering entrepreneurship amongst deprived populations could be a large drive for good, and it’s incumbent on the IP neighborhood to do what we will to assist. It could not require taking up the prosecution of a patent software like Caldwell so admirably did, as typically only a fast session and a few steering can do wonders to encourage somebody to observe via on a good suggestion or enterprise ambition. Whether or not it’s by educating others about IP rights, offering professional bono companies, and even by volunteering time to help native organizations that concentrate on entrepreneurship, IP legal professionals may be catalysts for change of their communities. Not a foul thought to remember as we method the top of the 12 months, particularly for these of us who’re fascinated about how greatest to do higher for these much less lucky  in 2022.

Subsequent week, we’ll hear from Katie about how Caldwell’s development has impacted on her private follow, in addition to her ideas on what youthful IP legal professionals ought to be doing to reach the present remote-working surroundings. Till then, I hope everybody has a beautiful week heading into the primary of two vacation weekends.

Please be happy to ship feedback or inquiries to me at gkroub@kskiplaw.com or through Twitter: @gkroub. Any subject ideas or ideas are most welcome.


Gaston Kroub lives in Brooklyn and is a founding accomplice of Kroub, Silbersher & Kolmykov PLLC, an mental property litigation boutique, and Markman Advisors LLC, a number one consultancy on patent points for the funding neighborhood. Gaston’s follow focuses on mental property litigation and associated counseling, with a powerful concentrate on patent issues. You possibly can attain him at gkroub@kskiplaw.com or observe him on Twitter: @gkroub.


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