March 11, 2020
Cadwalader Intellectual Property Group chair Dorothy Auth spoke last week at the Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) as part of its alumni panel titled “Intellectual Property Law in the Biomedical Sciences.”
Auth was joined by panelists who also received their PhDs from the graduate school and have since become patent lawyers, including: Shilpi Banerjee, Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Alexandra Jones, an attorney at McCarter & English; Greg Sieczkiewicz, Chief IP Counsel at MPM Capital; and Bob Underwood, a partner at Hogan Lovells.
Their discussion focused on the different career options available to students with PhDs, how to evaluate alternate paths, and the importance of taking into consideration one’s personality and strengths when making career-related choices.
“To prepare for a career in law with a science background, I encourage aspiring students to learn about as many diverse areas of how science is utilized in the real world, such as the regulatory aspects of drug development, clinical trials, patents, labeling and the like. The broadest exposure will lead to the broadest opportunities,” Auth said.
Dr. Auth chairs Cadwalader's Intellectual Property Group and is based in the firm's New York office. She coordinates global intellectual property enforcement, licensing and procurement strategies for her clients to maximize their protected field, with experience that spans diverse industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical devices, as well as consumer products, computers, and other mechanical devices.