Biography

Eric J. Myers is a senior associate in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution, Opinions and Counseling, and Pharmaceutical/Medical Devices practice groups. Mr. Myers counsels clients on a wide variety of patent issues including patentability, invalidity, noninfringement, design-around strategies, and challenging patent validity after issuance. In addition to patent prosecution, Mr. Myers opines on patents, portfolios, and landscapes in various contexts including pending acquisitions and potentially adversarial circumstances.

Companies across the globe, including many in Europe and Japan, rely on Mr. Myers to carefully and timely evaluate various patent concerns. Appreciating that intellectual property issues can greatly impact clients’ business, Mr. Myers seeks to provide well-supported and clear analysis to guide clients’ decisions and obtain favorable outcomes.

Major multinational corporations, startup companies, and academic institutions alike trust Mr. Myers to obtain strong patent coverage from their applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Myers prosecutes patent applications in a wide range of technologies including agrochemicals; biotechnology and pharmaceuticals; coatings and adhesives; cosmetics and hygiene products; foods and nutritional products; glass products; inks and toners; procedures for inorganic and organic chemical synthesis; alloys; petrochemicals and fuel additives; plastics and polymers; semiconductors, light-emitting materials, and other electronic components; and textiles. Mr. Myers handles all stages of prosecution, frequently discussing matters with USPTO examiners and staff to efficiently resolve issues in clients’ applications. Mr. Myers also advocates before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board both in briefs and in oral hearings. In other exceptional cases in clients’ applications, Mr. Myers has been effective in filing petitions to the Director of the USPTO.

Mr. Myers brings perspective from the offices of decision-makers in highly contentious proceedings. He spent a year working under the Honorable Paul J. Luckern, the longest-serving Administrative Law Judge in the history of the International Trade Commission (ITC). Under the guidance of Judge Luckern, Mr. Myers handled responsibilities at the ITC including drafting claim construction, infringement, and validity findings for 337 investigations into importation of alleged infringing goods. These experiences set the foundation for Mr. Myers’s commitment to high standards of quality in prosecution and counseling.

Mr. Myers has studied developments in the patent and regulatory laws governing pioneer and generic pharmaceuticals, having contributed analysis to blog posts on Oblon's website. Mr. Myers provides counsel on issues unique to pharmaceutical intellectual property.

Prior to his career in patent law, Mr. Myers researched metal oxide nanoparticle synthesis and catalysis, culminating in an honors thesis as a member of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. Mr. Myers also investigated carbon nanotube applications in atomic force microscopy at the New Jersey Institute of Technology with support from the National Science Foundation.

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Pennsylvania State University (B.S.)
    • Chemistry with a minor in Technical Writing

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Services

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court

Accolades

  • National Science Foundation Research Grant, New Jersey Center for Engineered Particulates, New Jersey Institute of Technology (2007)
  • Schreyer Honors Scholar (2004-2008)

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