Partner at White & Case LLP
Anita Varma is chair of White & Case’s global IP practice group. She is based in the firm’s Boston office, with a dual practice in London. She is qualified to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO).
Ms Varma provides strategic patent counselling to life sciences industry companies, guiding them through every stage of a product’s lifecycle. She works with clients in obtaining enforceable claims and supporting them in post-grant proceedings, as well as in developing and executing both offensive and defensive patent strategies. She also conducts strategic review of patent portfolios to identify strengths and weaknesses, and opportunities to minimise threats and maximise revenue.
As part of this strategic counselling, Ms Varma regularly advises on patentability, validity and freedom-to-operate issues, provides pre-litigation assessments and opinions regarding patentability, conducts IP due diligence for strategic transactions, and advises on listing and delisting matters in the US Food and Drug Administration’s Orange Book.
Clients also benefit from Ms Varma’s experience in navigating biosimilar litigation strategies. She has skilled expertise among diverse life sciences subjects, including immunology, antibody therapeutics, RNA interference therapeutics, small molecules, gene therapy, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (DNA sequences), ocular products, biophotonics, messenger RNA therapeutics, protein therapeutics and protein traps.
Ms Varma is named one of the top lawyers in the United States for patent prosecution matters (Legal 500), and is viewed by competitors as “an extremely skilled attorney with both legal and business smarts” (LMG Life Sciences). Clients appreciate her “’business savvy’ approach and her familiarity with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries” and note that “the experience [of working with Anita] has been very positive” (independent survey by Chambers and Partners).