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Erica A. Fishel, Ph.D., has Joined Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds as a Patent Agent on the Life Sciences Team

December 16, 2021

Leading intellectual property law firm Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds is pleased to announce that Erica A. Fishel, Ph.D., has joined the firm as a Patent Agent. Erica has substantial industry experience and will support the firm’s Life Sciences team.

Erica specializes in intellectual property patent protection in the areas of molecular biology and biochemistry. She has experience in patent prosecution, licensing transactions, counseling clients on intellectual property portfolio and patent claim strategies, and drafting applications in the areas of immunotherapies, plants, viral delivery vectors, adenoviruses, antibodies, drug targeting moieties, and protein purification methods.

Principal and Shareholder Deirdre Sanders stated, “Erica is a terrific addition to our Life Sciences practice. In addition to her strong technical background, her experiences with the Patent Office, as a Director of Technology Transfer, and in corporate and academic settings make her particularly attuned to the specific needs of our different clients and how those needs can best be served.” 

Before joining the firm, Erica was a Director of Technology Transfer at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University and, before that, at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Erica also served as a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Written Opinion and Search Report Contractor for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She conducted patent and literature searches for PCT applications, drafted Written Opinions, and determined class and subclass for applications. She participated in the judging process for selecting the USPTO Patents for Humanity awards in the categories of Food & Nutrition and Clean Technology.

Prior to graduate school, Erica was a biochemist for Sigma-Aldrich (now Millipore Sigma). She worked for a large-scale production team conducting assays and assisting in producing chemical compounds used for research and development both in academic and industrial settings. Erica is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds is among New England’s largest law firms devoted to the practice of intellectual property law. The firm specializes in patents, trademarks, intellectual property litigation, copyrights, licensing, due diligence, opinions, trade secrets, and intellectual property counseling. The firm’s legal staff provides extensive scientific and technical expertise in biotechnology, chemistry, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, physics, optics, nanotechnology, and electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering.