Anita has over 25 years of experience in intellectual property law as a lawyer and as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her experience as a Patent Examiner provides unique insights into the workings of the USPTO, and as a UK Solicitor she is also qualified to practice before the European Patent Office.
Anita provides strategic patent counseling to global life sciences and technology clients throughout every stage of the patent life cycle, not only helping them to obtain enforceable claims but also supporting them in post-grant proceedings and in developing and executing both offensive and defensive strategies. She also regularly helps clients to conduct a strategic review of their patent portfolio to identify its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to minimize threats and maximize revenue. As part of this strategic counseling, Anita regularly advises on patentability, validity and freedom to operate issues, provides pre-litigation assessments and opinions regarding patentability, conducts IP due diligence for strategic transactions, and advises on Orange Book listing and delisting matters. Recently, Anita advised two multinational pharmaceutical companies on two of the largest life sciences transactions of 2015. Anita also counsels clients in navigating follow-on biologics legislation.
Anita is named one of the top lawyers in the United States for patent prosecution matters (Legal 500), and is viewed by competitors as "an extremely skilled attorney with both legal and business smarts" (LMG Life Sciences) and clients appreciate her "'business savvy' approach and her familiarity with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries" (independent survey by Chambers & Partners). Anita has been recognized as a leading lawyer in publications including Chambers IP USA, Managing IP, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, and IAM Patent 1000. She has also been recognized as a "Life Sciences Star" and listed in the Top 50 Women in IP by Euromoney Legal Media.
In the November/December 2014 issue of Diversity & the Bar, Anita was featured as a "rainmaker" from a talented pool of nominees from leading nationwide firms for her exceptional skills as an IP attorney, and also for her commitment to diversity initiatives at the firm.
In addition to her robust practice, Anita actively supports the firm's diversity effort as a member of their Attorneys of Color group and previously served on the Women's Forum. She makes a concerted effort to mentor junior members of the group, and the impact of her efforts has helped many attorneys to shape their careers. Anita was formerly co-head of Ropes & Gray's intellectual property rights management practice group.