- UEPIP Biotechnology Commission
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Partner at HOFFMANN EITLE
Joseph P Taormino is a partner and co-chair of HOFFMANN EITLE’s biotechnology group. He has broad experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, legal opinions and litigation in the fields of biotechnology, food chemistry and pharmaceuticals. He has particular experience with patents relating to genes, proteins (including antibodies) transformed eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, transgenic animals and plants and in vitro screening and diagnostic methods. He has been involved in appeal proceedings on erythropoietin (T412/93), antisense RNA (T994/95) and reach-through claims (T609/02). Dr Taormino has also advised on cross-border litigation in the European Union, the United States and Japan in several due diligence evaluations on the IP assets of established biotechnology firms and start-ups.
In addition to his case work, he is a frequent presenter within Germany and abroad on subjects relating to biotechnology products.
Dr Taormino completed his BSc in chemistry at Cornell University in 1985 and received his PhD degree in 1992 from Johns Hopkins University in the area of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and genetics. His dissertation deals with the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in animal cells. Dr Taormino received an Alexander v Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Cologne in the field of transgenic animal models in 1994. He joined HOFFMANN EITLE’s Munich office in 1994 and qualified as a European patent attorney in 1998.
Dr Taormino is fluent in German and English.