Counsel

For more than a decade, Brian has been counseling clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, food processing, and consumer products industries on a variety of intellectual property issues, including patent portfolio development, patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate opinions, invalidity opinions, patentability opinions, patent interferences, post-grant challenges in the U.S. and around the world, and patent infringement litigations. He works with clients to develop strategies for obtaining and managing robust and enforceable patent protection in the United States and around the world. He also helps clients evaluate the competitive patent landscape and develop strategies to operate their business in view of competitors’ patents.

Brian is experienced in contested cases before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and also partners with the intellectual property litigators to represent clients in patent infringement litigations in district court and in the International Trade Commission. He has also worked with venture capitalists on intellectual property issues in connection with venture financings, start-up creation, and royalty stream investments. He evaluates the intellectual property portfolios of target companies, as well as potentially blocking third-party intellectual property, to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to create value by mitigating or remedying identified issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Brian earned his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University where his undergraduate research focused on the interaction between DNA and basal transcriptional machinery. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan where his thesis research focused on the regulation of gene expression during adrenocortical development. Brian conducted post-doctoral research in Cambridge, England, where he studied molecular signaling during skeletal muscle repair. He has authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research in multiple international forums.  Brian began his patent law career in 2008 at Ropes & Gray and joined Haley Guiliano in 2017, when it spun out of Ropes & Gray. 

Brian also serves on the firm’s Best Practices Committee.

Brian and his wife live in Connecticut with their two dogs, Parker and Maizey. Brian is an avid sports fan and support the Michigan Wolverines, as well as the teams from his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. 

Experience

  • Successfully defended a biotechnology company in a patent infringement proceeding at the ITC.
  • Represents a pharmaceutical company in prosecuting a broad patent portfolio in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Represents a biotechnology company in drafting and prosecuting a broad patent portfolio in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Represented a venture capital firm in connection with an investment in a biotechnology company.
  • Represented a venture capital firm in connection with an investment in third-party royalty stream.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in a patent interference resulting in a victory for the client.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association