Susan Fentress practices in the areas of intellectual property and biosciences. In particular, she has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of chemical and biotechnical patent applications, as well as medical diagnostics, medical imaging agents, food technologies, agricultural products, disposable medical and personal devices, and natural and veterinarian products. In addition, she is knowledgeable on FDA and transactional issues related to generic drugs, and she has experience in international and U.S. regulatory issues related to design, production and distribution of medical devices.
Ms. Fentress is passionate about educating others. Since 2010, she has been an adjunct professor in the graduate program at Christian Brothers University School of Engineering. In addition, Ms. Fentress is a seasoned veteran when it comes to public speaking. She served as a moderator for the Licensing Executive Society’s annual conference in 2008 and participated in two web seminars hosted by Harris Shelton - one pertaining to regulatory and legal issues related to natural products and the other related to animal products. She has also been featured in The Commercial Appeal in an article titled “Attorney Sees Asian Power as a Land Opportunity.”
National and international speaker with appearances at:-National Business Institute, topic: “Intellectual Property and Patents”-Tennessee Biotech Association annual meeting, topic: “Chinese Patent Law”-Global Alliance of the Indian Biomedical Professional annual conference, topic: “Risk -Management Issues with Global Development of Biomedical Products”-General Counsel Institute, topic: “Taming the Intellectual Property Beast: Views from India and China”-American International Property Law Association (China), topic: “Protection of Pharmaceuticals”-American Chemical Society’s Chemistry and the Law Symposium (joint regional meeting) topic: “Comparison of Patent Protection for Chemical Inventions among Canada, U.S. and Europe”-Nanjing, PRC, topic: “First Steps to America. A Legal Consulting Seminar for Investment and Trade in the U.S.”-International Drug Discovery Science and Technology Conference (Shanghai, China), topic: “Patent Related Issues for Products Imported in the United States”-Hong Kong Science Park, topic: “Cost Efficient Patent Litigation in the U.S.”
-“Protection of IP in China through Contracts and Good Business Practices” in the Journal of Licensing, Fall 2008-“Patent Protection in China: Myth Versus Reality” in the Tennessee Young Lawyer, Volume 1: Issue 4, Summer 2006-“Lessons to be Learned from the Dispute Over the Chinese Patent related to Viagra” in the Genetic Engineering News, September 2007
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Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1983Marquette Law Review, member The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 198324 graduate credits in molecular biologyThe University of Wisconsin, B.S. in biochemistry and psychology, 1980
Tennessee, 2004 Illinois, 1984 United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1984Wisconsin, 1983
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