Prominent life sciences lawyer Patrick J. Kelly joins Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP today as a partner in the Intellectual Property Department and a member of the life sciences/technology and the biotechnology patent practices, firm Chairman Arthur Makadon announced.

John A. Chionchio also joins Ballard today as of counsel in the Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Chionchio is a member of the mechanical patent practice.   Mr. Kelly and Mr. Chionchio's colleague, Marc S. Segal, will join the Intellectual Property Department on September 2. Mr. Segal will be a member of the intellectual property litigation, biotechnology patent, and pharmaceutical patent practices. All three lawyers previously practiced at Synnestvedt & Lechner LLP.

Mr. Kelly and his colleagues are Philadelphia-based and complement the recently added Needle & Rosenberg Intellectual Property Practice of Ballard Spahr in Atlanta. 

"Pat, John, and Marc will extend the reach and depth of our new patent group in very important ways," Mr. Makadon said. "Pat is a recognized talent in a must-have practice area, and he will help our Atlanta-based patent lawyers make inroads in the Philadelphia region and beyond. The timing, just as Ballard's patent practice is taking off, is ideal."

"The additions reinforce the firm's dedication to serving its clients' dynamic needs in the continuously evolving life sciences industry," said William H. Needle, co-chair of Ballard's Intellectual Property Department. "Each lawyer has extensive and diverse experience that greatly enhances Ballard's new patent and life sciences groups."

Mr. Kelly holds several advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His background includes working as on-site intellectual property counsel to pharmaceutical and scientific instrumentation companies; conducting validity, due diligence, and freedom-to-operate studies; maintaining a biotech IP estate; and preparing and prosecuting patent applications related to molecular biology. He also has knowledge of biochemistry, immunology, drug delivery systems, the preparation of proteins by recombinant DNA methods, and numerous other scientific areas.

Mr. Chionchio's practice focuses on intellectual property matters related to the mechanical, aeronautical, and aerospace arts. He is well versed in the areas of the dynamics of aircraft and spacecraft structures, composite materials, machine design, finite element analysis, and optics. He has vast experience in managing an extensive intellectual property docket that includes U.S., international, and foreign national patent applications.

Mr. Segal's experience encompasses the spectrum of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, litigation, counseling, and licensing. He is an experienced litigator in matters involving patents, copyrights, licensing disputes, and trade secrets for clients in industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, drug delivery systems, and computer hardware and software.

"Ballard has a strong commitment to life sciences and an impressive array of complementary practice areas," said Mr. Kelly. "In addition, Ballard's depth of practice is something we are excited to make available to our clients. My colleagues and I look forward to bringing our experience to Ballard to help expand its newly created patent practice."