Maria Laccotripe Zacharakis

Partner at McCarter & English, LLP

Maria Laccotripe Zacharakis has close to 25 years of experience in IP matters. Dr Laccotripe Zacharakis focuses on the area of life sciences, especially in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, interfering RNA, microbiology, tissue engineering, molecular diagnostics, protein therapeutics and stem cell therapies. She assists clients in developing and implementing effective IP strategies and building strong patent portfolios that protect and facilitate commercialisation of biological and pharmaceutical products, as well as platform technologies. She also assists clients, such as companies and investors, with evaluating IP assets in connection with acquisitions, licensing, collaborations and financing.

Dr Laccotripe Zacharakis has developed worldwide strategies to protect products in the market with multi-billion annual sales, as well as performed the IP due diligence for multiple multi-million dollar transactions. She represents a broad range of clients, including start-up biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, established biopharmaceutical corporations and academic institutions.

Dr Laccotripe Zacharakis has extensive experience in:

  • patent preparation and worldwide patent prosecution;
  • due diligence evaluations of patent portfolios;
  • analysis, evaluation and opinions on the patentability of inventions;
  • freedom-to-operate assessments;
  • patent validity opinions;
  • competitive landscape analyses;
  • interference proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board;
  • opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office;
  • investigating and resolving inventorship disputes; and
  • involvement in licensing strategies, negotiations and agreements.

Dr Laccotripe Zacharakis has also conducted pre-litigation investigations and advised clients on patent infringement, Biological Price Competition and Innovation Act litigations and abbreviated new drug application actions under the Hatch-Waxman Act, as well as played an active role in the proceedings when they matured beyond the investigatory stage.

Dr Laccotripe Zacharakis is the managing partner of McCarter & English’s Boston office.

Professional associations

  • AIPLA
  • BBA
  • BPLA

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McCarter & English, LLP
265 Franklin Street
14th Floor
Boston MA 02110
United States

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