Mary Anthony Merchant
Mary Anthony Merchant

Mary Anthony Merchant, PhD

Partner

merchantm@ballardspahr.com
Tel 678.420.9428
Fax 678.420.9301
Atlanta

Mary An Merchant is leader of the biotechnology team in the 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 products and invention in the fields of biotechnology, veterinary and human biologics, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, cosmetics, consumer products, nutraceuticals, and medical devices.

Dr. Merchant's experience encompasses patent prosecution, litigation, reissue and reexamination, post-grant proceedings, 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 been involved with financial transactions involving initial public offerings, sales and procurements of assets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Professional Activities

Adjunct Professor of Law, Mercer University School of Law, Patent Drafting and Prosecution (2010-present)

Lecturer for patent law classes, Emory University College of Law and Georgia State University College of Law

Licensing Executives Society

The Association of University Technology Managers

Intellectual Property Owners Association

American Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, biotechnology law, 2013-2015

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

Author, The America Invents Act (AIA) Handbook: A Guide to the Patent Law Reform of 2011, published by ALM, American Law Media, 2013

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