Partner at McCarter & English, LLP
Marcie Beth Clarke is an IP lawyer specialising in the life sciences, particularly biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, gene therapy, antiviral therapeutics, agriculture and protein therapeutics.
In order to help clients develop effective IP strategies to protect and facilitate the commercialisation of pharmaceutical products and platform technologies, Dr Clarke assists clients with patent drafting, worldwide patent prosecution, patentability analyses, patent validity opinions, freedom-to-operate opinions, competitive landscape analyses, and investigating and resolving inventorship disputes. She works with clients on IP due diligence for financings, including initial public offerings, and on licensing strategies, negotiations and agreements. Dr Clarke has worked with a broad range of clients, including start-ups, academic institutions and established pharmaceutical companies.
Dr Clarke graduated as salutatorian from Suffolk University Law School, where she received an Academic Leadership Tuition Scholarship. Prior to law school, she received her PhD in molecular microbiology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She was the recipient of the Ruth Kirschstein Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and has published scientific articles in several journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Outside of her busy legal practice, Dr Clarke enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, traveling and volunteering in the local community.