Mary Anthony Merchant
Mary Anthony Merchant

Mary Anthony Merchant, PhD

Partner

merchantm@ballardspahr.com
Tel 678.420.9428
Fax 678.420.9301
Atlanta

Mary Anthony Merchant, Ph.D., is the leader of the biotechnology practice team in the firm's Patents Group and a member of the group's chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device technology teams. Dr. Merchant's graduate and post-graduate research involved both mammalian and plant molecular biology, protein biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, and infectious disease. She focuses her practice on intellectual property law, including trademark registration and patent procurement, with an emphasis on the life sciences, including the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, agricultural, cosmetics, consumer products, nutraceuticals, and medical-device fields.

Dr. Merchant's experience encompasses patent prosecution, litigation, post-issuance reissue and reexamination, licensing, due diligence, and opinions. She provides intellectual property counsel to a variety of clients, including multinational corporations, mid-cap companies, and start-up biotech and medical-device companies. Dr. Merchant also provides counsel related to issues involving regulatory matters before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She works with emerging-growth companies, both domestically and internationally, and has handled financial transactions involving initial public offerings, sales and procurements of assets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Professional Activities

American Chemical Society

American Intellectual Property Law Association

National Licensing Executive Society

The Association of University Technology Managers

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, biotechnology law, 2013-2014

Georgia Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," intellectual property, 2004-2008

Publications

Author of numerous articles on intellectual property topics and biotechnology research, including:

Co-author, "The Plague of Inequitable Conduct," New Jersey Law Journal, April 12, 2010

University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D. 1993, with honors)

University of Florida College of Medicine (Ph.D. 1985)

Randolph-Macon Woman's College (A.B. 1977, cum laude)

Florida

Georgia

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office