Three Marshall Gerstein Biotechnology Partners Selected Among Top 250 Women in IP

May 10, 2016

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP is pleased to announce that partners Li-Hsien (Lily) Rin-Laures, M.D., Pamela L. Cox, and Heather R. Kissling have been selected to the 2016 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars list of the Top 250 Women in IP, which the publication describes as the definitive guide to the world’s leading female IP practitioners. The honorees are chosen based on an extensive four-month research process comprised of surveys and interviews. All three were also recognized in the 2nd edition of the list in 2014.

Li-Hsien (Lily) Rin-Laures, M.D., has more than two decades of experience building and assessing patent portfolios in the biopharma industry, as well as in negotiating licenses and strategic alliances. She brings to her practice an insider’s perspective gained as former General Counsel of a publicly-held biotechnology company, and insight acquired from managing patent portfolios for eight different approved drugs and numerous other clinical trial candidates.

Dr. Rin-Laures was recognized as one of the 2015 National Law Journal's (NLJ) "Outstanding Women Lawyers." In 2014, she was inducted into the LMG Life Sciences Hall of Fame along with winning Patent Prosecution Pharmaceutical Attorney of the Year. In recognition of her outstanding patent work in life sciences, Dr. Rin-Laures has been featured as a Life Sciences Star in LMG Life Sciences, 2012-2015.

Pamela L. Cox, chair of the Firm’s IP Transactions practice, concentrates on counseling related to intellectual property transactions, protection and transfer for clients ranging from multinational corporations to non-profit institutions. As a patent attorney who has managed intellectual property portfolios in-house, Ms. Cox understands her clients’ intellectual property and agreement needs, and remains passionately engaged until achieving their strategic objectives. Clients find her talented at unraveling complex deal structures and devising creative agreement solutions as a seamless member of their team.

Ms. Cox is "highly recommended" for licensing and is honored as one of "The World’s Leading IP Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers" by Intellectual Asset Management. She is recognized as a "Life Sciences Star" by LMG Life Sciences and a Woman Worth Watching in Profiles in Diversity Journal. Ms. Cox is also recognized as an "IP Star" in the World IP Handbook and Survey.

Heather R. Kissling, chair of the Firm’s Biotechnology practice, draws from more than a decade of experience securing biotechnology patents to develop worldwide filing and prosecution strategies that further her clients’ business objectives. Using her advanced training in biotechnology, she actively collaborates with bench scientists, business development personnel, and in-house counsel to maximize protection of biotechnology innovations in a broad range of technologies. Her background in interference and opposition proceedings also benefits clients seeking advice with respect to competitor patent positions and third party challenges in the patent office.

Ms. Kissling was named the exclusive winner in the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards 2016 "Intellectual Property – Patents" category for Illinois. She also was named an “IP Star” in Managing IP’s 2015 World IP Handbook and Survey. Ms. Kissling was selected for inclusion in the 2013-2016 Illinois Rising Stars® lists, featuring outstanding young attorneys in the state.