Nena Bains is a seasoned patent attorney who focuses her practice on all aspects of patent prosecution and counseling in the field of medical devices. Nena has considerable experience designing, building, and managing patent portfolios, guiding medical device projects through IP minefields and transactional efforts, and successfully concluding complex negotiations. Her practice also includes due diligence investigations, clearance reviews, opinion work, licensing, and litigation support. Nena also assists clients in developing corporate intellectual property programs that capture and protect the most valuable assets of the client.

Nena has a unique understanding of the challenges that face clients having been in-house for nearly seven years at both a start-up and a large public company. Prior to joining the firm, Nena was Vice President of Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs for Pulmonary Endoscopy at Boston Scientific Corporation, where she managed worldwide intellectual property and legal functions for its pulmonary franchise. Previously, she was Vice President of Intellectual Property and Legal at Asthmatx, Inc., a start-up medical device company developing RF based systems for asthma, which was acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation in 2010.

Nena’s knowledge of the medical device industry and the importance of patent protection are well established. Her technical experience extends to a wide array of fields, including endoscopy and pulmonary technologies, robotic surgical systems, minimally invasive electrosurgical devices, drug delivery means, aneurysm grafts/filaments, laser eye surgery systems, dental appliances, contraceptive implants, spine surgery, radiation, cryo, and ultrasound devices, pulse oximeters, occlusion devices, dialysis valves, and numerous guidewire, stent and catheter-based technologies.

Professional & Community Activities

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member (1997-Present)

Association of Corporate Counsel, Member (2006-2013)

Education

  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D. (1999)
  • University of California, San Diego, B.S., Bioengineering (1995)
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California (1999)

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2000)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Developing patent strategies in concert with the client’s business goals.

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USA
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