Employing his industry-relevant and special blend of prior experience drawn from an extensive in-house career as well as private practice, Ray is uniquely qualified to assist his clients with patent issues, including, patent prosecution, opinions, portfolio evaluation and management, inventorship dispute resolution, patent litigation, patent oppositions and interferences. Ray possesses substantial experience in formulating intellectual property policies, procedures and practices, and in devising patent procurement strategies to protect inventions in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, Ray's experience in the life sciences area and intellectual property law field includes: licensing, due diligence, follow-on biologicals, Hatch-Waxman issues, IP valuation, product life-cycle management, and the rendering of strategic intellectual property advice.
A major focal point of Ray's intellectual property practice is counseling clients on freedom-to-operate issues as they relate to research and commercial activities. This includes the rendering of opinions on the validity and enforceability and/or infringement or non-infringement of intellectual property rights, as well as counseling clients on the steps they need to take to ensure freedom to practice. Another area in which Ray has considerable experience is in performing intellectual property audits, and in the licensing, acquisition and divestiture of intellectual property assets.