Overview

Mike Furrow is a former medicinal chemist who counsels pharmaceutical and biotech innovators on all aspects of patent and related regulatory strategy from the early development stages through product launch and eventual high-stakes patent disputes. He has counseled on products covering dozens of therapeutic areas and has handled actions in federal courts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mike’s background as a chemist affords him an intimate understanding of the challenges innate to the discovery of new medicines, and clients value his resulting drive to help them explore creative ways to maximize market exclusivities.

Combining his science background with his legal prowess, Mike is known for exhaustively exploring the facts and pushing the envelope on merits strategy. He engages with the technology at a level that permits him to develop strong relationships with inventors, scientific officers, and technical experts, and typically takes the lead on critical issues of patent infringement and validity throughout a matter, including trial. Mike has protected and defended innovation in all aspects of drug discovery, including new chemical entities, salt forms, prodrugs, solid-state forms, dosage forms, combination products, therapeutic methods, methods of manufacture, REMS programs, DNA polymerization, genetically modified organisms, and laboratory techniques and tools.

Mike has published several peer-reviewed scientific articles concerning novel stereoselective synthetic methods and was awarded an undergraduate research grant from the American Chemical Society. In graduate school, Mike’s work on novel bond-forming and redox methods for synthesis of complex molecules resulted in several first-author publications in preeminent chemistry journals and was funded by a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Mike also worked for a period as a bench chemist conducting drug discovery on small molecule kinase inhibitor peptidomimetics at a leading biotechnology company that discovers and develops small molecule drugs for viral infections and liver diseases.

Mike is listed in the 2021 edition of IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists. He is also a regular author for LexisNexis Practical Guidance® and has been recognized repeatedly in the New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

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Experience

Representing a pharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning a drug for early onset childhood epilepsy.

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a patent action filed by a non-practicing patent holder.

Representing a pharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning a drug for treatment of opioid-induced constipation.

Counseling a pharmaceutical company on portfolio strategy for COVID-19 therapeutics.

*Counseling a pre-commercial biopharmaceutical company on portfolio strategy and development partnerships.

*Represented two major pharmaceutical companies and a university in Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning a blockbuster prostate cancer drug.

*Represented a leading research university in connection with various adversarial patent actions in the DNA sequencing space.

*Represented a major biopharma company in Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning a drug for a rare metabolic disease.

*Counseled a major pharmaceutical company on patent infringement exposure prior to launch of a now-blockbuster cancer drug.

*Represented two major life sciences companies in Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning a blockbuster antibiotic drug.

*Counseled a major pharmaceutical company in connection with potential acquisition of a patent portfolio covering an ovarian cancer drug.

*Represented a major biotechnology company in litigation concerning genetically modified animals useful for identifying antibody therapies.

*Counseled a major life science company on scientific experiments to support a citizen petition to the Food and Drug Administration seeking heightened standards for demonstrating bioequivalence to reference antibiotic drug.

*Represented two major pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning a blockbuster drug product for GI disorders.

*Counseled a major biopharma company in connection with various reexaminations of patents concerning a blockbuster antithrombotic drug.

*Represented a major biotechnology company in Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning a hyperparathyroidism drug.

*Counseled a major pharmaceutical company in connection with potential acquisitions of other life science companies.

*Represented a major pharmaceutical company and a university in Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning various blockbuster antiviral drugs.

*Experience gained by attorney prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend

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Harvard University J.D. (2007)

Harvard University Ph.D. (2004) Chemistry, National Science Foundation Fellow

Harvard College A.B. (1999) Chemistry, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, American Chemical Society Research Grantee

Admissions

New York (2008)

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Professional & Community Activities

New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member

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