Brigid E. Sharek

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Offices Columbus
Phone 614.464.5474
Fax 614.719.4869
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Brigid is an associate in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the intellectual property group. She is a registered patent attorney, with a practice focusing on commercial transactions implicating intellectual property, and patent preparation and procurement. Brigid has a deep technical background that allows her to fully appreciate proprietary technologies that drive transactions, and help ensure companies protect and leverage those assets. Her familiarity with the unique issues that technology introduces into a deal helps clients anticipate and mitigate risks.

 As part of her transactional intellectual property practice, Brigid negotiates and drafts agreements implicating intellectual property rights on behalf of clients, including licenses, transfer agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, research and development agreements, joint partnership and joint venture agreements, as well as manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements. Brigid is experienced in due diligence of patent portfolios to assist clients with intellectual property acquisition or divestment.

As a patent attorney and previously as a Technical Adviser at Vorys, Brigid has participated in the prosecution of patents across the spectrum of the scientific arts, including pharmacological, mechanical, and technological patents, with a specialty in chemical, pharmacological, and biomedical technologies, for clients ranging from global corporations, to universities and independent inventors. She manages domestic and foreign patent portfolios for clients, and has met with success at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.  Brigid also works regularly with all aspects of intellectual property, including freedom to operate analyses; patentability, infringement and validity opinions; IP agreements; and due diligence and assignment of intellectual property holdings in the United States and abroad.

Brigid obtained her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was a member of the executive board of the Intellectual Property Law Society and symposium editor of I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.

Prior to law school, Brigid worked as a researcher in chemistry and biology laboratories developing treatments for neurological disorders. She was a university laboratory instructor for science majors at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned her bachelor's degree summa cum laude in chemistry from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, her master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame, and completed several years of doctoral work in neurobiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio before embarking on her legal career.

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