Justin W. Crotty

Justin Crotty brings both a scientific and business sensibility to his work helping clients protect their intellectual property through patent prosecution, inter-partes review proceedings and litigation, particularly for the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries. His experience also includes drafting freedom-to-practice, non-infringement and invalidity opinions.

Prior to law school, Justin earned both a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in chemistry and, as a graduate fellow, lectured on topics at the interface of biology, mathematics and physics. His interest in the path from laboratory to commercial product stems from a fellowship  in a university technology transfer office, where he evaluated technologies for their potential commercial value. His work there also involved researching prior art to determine the feasibility of patenting technologies.

Select representations include:

  • Assisting a major pharmaceutical company in an inter-partes review, including working with an expert witness to file a declaration in support.
  • Representing a major medical device company in an evaluation of its patent portfolio and competitors’ products for the purposes of generating licensing revenue and litigation.
  • Assisting a major pharmaceutical company in the analysis of pharmaceutical patents to facilitate market entry.
  • Handling patent prosecutions involving carbon nanotubes, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices.

Justin is also knowledgeable about organic chemistry, drug development, computational chemistry, crystallography, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. He has advised clients on patent issues relating to pharmaceutical formulations, synthetic processes and crystalline forms (polymorphs).

While in law school, Justin developed his litigation skills as a law clerk in Litigation Support for the U.S. Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section. His work there included issues relating to sentencing, appeals, restitution, perjury and the Clean Water Act. 


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