January 24, 2012
The Cambridge-based intellectual property law firm, one of the largest IP firms in New England, has continued its rapid growth. The L&A chemical and materials, biotechnology and pharmaceutical, and electrical and computer science practice areas had strong years in 2011 and look forward to even more growth in 2012. The firm's commitment to high quality counsel, responsive service, and value make it sought after by large companies and start-ups alike.
"We are pleased to add new talent to the firm, and fortunate to have such accomplished young people join L&A," commented Peter Lando, a Partner at L&A.
Juliet DeFrancisco is an Associate at L&A. She will focus her practice on patent and trademark counseling and prosecution in various chemical and materials-related technologies, particularly in the area of water and wastewater treatment, scientific instruments, electrical devices, and solar technologies.
Juliet graduated from Boston College Law School, where she was the editor of the Boston College Intellectual Property and Technology Forum. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Columbia University. While in law school Juliet worked at IBM's Collaborative Solutions Legal Group.
Caroline Roush is a Technology Specialist at L&A, and focuses her practice on patent prosecution in the areas of chemical and materials science. Prior to joining L&A, she was a Technology Specialist at Banner & Witcoff in Boston.
Caroline is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She received an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University, a B.A. in Chemistry from Albion College, and currently is in her final year at Suffolk University Law School. Prior to entering intellectual property law, Caroline worked in a variety of industries involving semiconductor processing, optical and electrical measurement devices, environmental remediation, and nanocrystal display technologies.
"The addition of Juliet and Caroline to the chemical and materials group is a terrific solution to our need for expanded bandwidth due to the growth in the practice over the past year," added Lando.
Sylvia Georges is a Technology Specialist at L&A, and focuses her practice on patent prosecution, diligence and counseling in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining L&A, she was a Technology Specialist at Fish & Richardson in Boston.
Sylvia is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brown University; she completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Institute of Chemistry and Cell Biology. Sylvia received her B.A. in Chemistry and Spanish from Wellesley College. Prior to entering intellectual property law, Sylvia was a Senior Scientist at Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Sylvia is the author of several scientific research articles and is a named inventor on twelve U.S. patents.
Angela Grant is a Technology Specialist at L&A, and focuses her practice on patent prosecution, diligence and counseling in the biomedical and biotechnology fields, including microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, and molecular and cell biology.
Angela received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Microbiology and Immunology from The George Washington University. Angela received a B.Sc. in Biology from Randolph Macon Woman's College. She has authored several scientific research articles published in leading journals, and has received numerous research awards, including postdoctoral fellowship awards from the American Heart Association and the National Science Foundation.
"The diligence and hard work we have already seen from Sylvia and Angela since joining the firm are impressive," remarked Cathy McCarty, a Partner in L&A's life sciences group. "We are thrilled that they have so quickly become integral members of our client teams."
Tsoline Mikaelian is a Technology Specialist at L&A. She will focus her practice on patent prosecution in various electrical and computer technologies, particularly in the areas of computer systems and electronics, medical devices and consumer products.
Tsoline received her Ph.D. in Aerospace Systems Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; she completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development. Tsoline also received an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology., and a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from York University. She has authored several scientific research articles published in leading journals, and has received research sponsorship from NASA, JPL, DARPA, DoD, the Singapore Defense Science and Technology Agency and DSO National Laboratories.
Sarah Gates, a partner in L&A's electrical and computer science practice noted, "Tsoline is a great addition to the EECS group, and we are excited that she has joined us at L&A. She has already immersed herself in our clients' core technologies, and shows a great ability to work in a variety of areas."
Lando & Anastasi, LLP specializes in intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and business transactions and related litigation. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, L&A provides its extensive client base with the comprehensive protection they need to grow their business and protect their intellectual property assets. Launched in June 2003, the firm has received national recognition for its practice, aggressive approach to serving clients' needs, and culture.