Myers Bigel Lends Expertise to Legal Community Events in April

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, is supporting numerous events within the greater Triangle legal community last month with the active participation of several members of the firm’s talented legal team. They include Sridevi Basavaraju, David Beatty, Alice Bonnen, Ph.D., Sherry Murphy and Shawna Cannon Lemon, Ph.D. along with patent paralegal Betty-Lou Medlin.

“The Triangle legal community is active and growing and it’s important for our talented legal team to remain engaged, provide leadership, and share expertise,” said Managing Partner David Purks.

The events include the AgBiotech Professional Forum held at the NC Biotech Center April 8; Campbell Law School's Patent Law Symposium April 10; World IP Day at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) April 15; and the 2015 Intellectual Property Institute for Paralegals April 30.

Sridevi Basavaraju and Shawna Lemon helped lead an invention challenge competition at NCSSM, a residential high school where students study a specialized curriculum emphasizing science and mathematics, with Murphy also participating in the Patent Law Symposium as a panelist discussing patentable subject matter and recent Supreme Court activity. She joined Betty-Lou Medlin on a patent breakout panel at the April 30 Intellectual Property Institute for Paralegals discussing pharmaceutical patenting strategies and bringing drugs to market.

“It is currently a challenging time for patent prosecution where many patent attorneys struggle to address the issues raised by recent court decisions and interim USPTO guidance regarding patent subject matter eligibility,” Dr. Lemon explained, adding that what can or cannot be patented has become less clear.

Dr. Lemon joins Dr. Bonnen and Murphy in the Myers Bigel Biotechnology group, while Basavaraju is part of the firm’s substantial Electronics/Computer group. Other active practice groups at Myers Bigel include Chemical, Litigation and Trademark, all consisting of practicing patent attorneys with experience and skills focused on helping large and small corporate and university clients alike in acquiring, protecting and exploiting patent assets.

The firm’s serious investment in high-quality talent and encouragement for them to remain active in the legal community and pursue continuing education contributes to a supportive environment for clients and one another. The extraordinarily low turnover of attorneys at Myers Bigel enables clients to work with the same attorney familiar with their specific technology or science and individual business throughout the full length of the patent development, filing and grant process.

Without needing to re-learn the technology or business specifics, Myers Bigel attorneys can focus on quality to ensure development of a strong patent that can be successfully enforced in court.

Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia.

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Award-winning Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel) is a nationally ranked intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with real-world industry experience. We are the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, representing corporate and university clients around the world in acquiring, protecting, and exploiting patent assets, including patent preparation, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Dedicated to best practices in patent law, Myers Bigel is consistently recognized over the years by legal media and industry organizations as one of the top performing law firms in the country for securing the highest quality patent grants from the USPTO for its clients, offering a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. For more information visit