Andrew T. Serafini is a registered patent lawyer who focuses his practice on strategic and comprehensive intellectual property counseling and management to biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and other life sciences clients. Dr. Serafini is listed as a leading lawyer in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property. He was recognized in 2020 and 2021 by IP STARS as a “Patent Star” in Washington and nationally. He was also recognized as a top patent practitioner in 2021 and the six years immediately preceding by IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners. In The Legal 500 United States 2020 and 2021 editions, he is recognized in the Patents: Prosecution category. JD Supra recognized Dr. Serafini’s article titled “COVID 19- Related Delays in Filing Patents and Trademark Documents” as among the top five trademark articles for 2020 and he was awarded JD Supra's “Readers' Choice Award” for Thought Leadership in 2021.
As a scientist, Dr. Serafini enjoys the pursuit of innovation in his scientific research – as a lawyer, he uses his scientific background to strengthen his clients’ positions. He assists his clients in obtaining, protecting, and enforcing their intellectual property rights, especially in the areas of immunology, molecular biology, chemistry, antibody engineering and therapeutics, vaccines, stem cell technologies, molecular genetics, genomics, proteomics and protein chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical therapeutics, nanotechnology, clean energy, medical diagnostics, and personalized medicine.
In over twenty years of practice, Dr. Serafini has focused on strategic and comprehensive intellectual property counseling and management for biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and other diverse life sciences clients. He fully engages with his clients, so he knows not only his clients’ wants and needs, but also how to best realize his clients’ goals given the pressures of business, the innovations of science, and the connections of the global community.
Dr. Serafini's practice includes preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patents; performing due diligence and freedom to operate analyses associated with mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other private and public financings; drafting opinions on patentability, non-infringement and patent validity; product development counseling; supporting patent infringement litigation, post grant proceedings, and International Trade Commission investigations.
Dr. Serafini guided the development of the intellectual property estate for Medarex’s ipilimumab (Yervoy™), a first-in-class monoclonal antibody and checkpoint inhibitor directed at CTLA-4, a protein receptor and key target in cancer immunotherapy.
As an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington (UW) School of Law, Dr. Serafini teaches advanced courses in intellectual property. He also advises and mentors law students participating in independent study programs and law clinics, including the UW School of Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.
Dr. Serafini is a Director on the Life Science Washington (LSW) Board. LSW, formerly the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association, is an independent, non-profit trade association serving the life sciences industry in the state of Washington. LSW members include organizations engaged in, or supportive of, the research, development and commercialization of life science technologies. Dr. Serafini was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year at the 2013 Governor's Life Science Summit and WBBA Annual Meeting.
Dr. Serafini is also a Director on the Antibody Society of Korea Board (“ASK”; Republic of Korea).
He is also President of the Board of Directors for the Washington Rush (WA Rush) Youth Soccer Club. WA Rush is committed to the development of healthy youth through the game of soccer.
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University of California, Hastings College of the Law J.D. (1998)
Stanford University School of Medicine Ph.D. (1994) Immunology
Case Institute of Technology of Case Western Reserve University B.S. (1986) Biochemistry, with honors
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1997)
Life Science Washington, Board of Directors (2015-Present)
Antibody Society of Korea (ASK) Board of Directors, Director (2019 - Present)
University of Washington School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2008-Present)
University of Washington School of Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), Advisor and Mentor (2009-Present)
University of Washington Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP), Advisory Board, Member (2019-Present); Summer Institute Speaker (2006-Present)
Washington Rush Youth Soccer Club, Board of Directors, President (2014-Present)
American Bar Association, Member
Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member
Washington State Bar Association, Member
American Intellectual Property Association, Member
Washington State Patent Law Association, Member
Licensing Executive Society (U.S.A. & Canada) Inc., Member
American Association of the Advancement of Science, Member
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